Raymond Griffith

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Raymond Griffith
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Griffith in 1924
Born(1895-01-23)January 23, 1895
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
DiedNovember 25, 1957(1957-11-25) (aged 62)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationActor
Spouse(s) Bertha Mann (1928–1957)
Children1 (adopted)

Raymond Griffith (January 23, 1895 – November 25, 1957) was an American silent movie comedian. Later in his career, he worked behind the camera as writer and producer.

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Biography

Griffith was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He lost his voice at an early age, causing him to speak for the rest of his life in a hoarse whisper. Griffith claimed that it was the result of his having to scream at the top of his lungs every night in a stage melodrama as a child actor—others have stated that a childhood disease was more likely the cause.

Lobby card with Jeanette Daudet, Pola Negri, and Griffith in Lily of the Dust (1924) Lily of the Dust lobby card.jpg
Lobby card with Jeanette Daudet, Pola Negri, and Griffith in Lily of the Dust (1924)

Although a few comedy films of his are considered classics he is almost totally forgotten today. His film debut was for the L-KO Kompany. Many of his starring feature films have long since been lost, but probably the best known of his films today is Hands Up! (1926), a Civil War comedy feature directed by Clarence G. Badger, and co-starring Mack Swain, which was entered into the National Film Registry in 2005. Also considered a classic is Badger's Paths to Paradise, a caper film that is in all circulating prints missing its final reel. Like many silent comedians, he had a traditional costume; his was a top hat, white tie and tails, often augmented by a cape and/or walking stick.

The coming of sound ended Griffith's acting career, but he did have one memorable role in a motion picture before retiring from the screen, playing a French soldier killed by Lew Ayres in the 1930 Lewis Milestone film All Quiet on the Western Front. He then segued into a writing/producing career at Twentieth Century Fox.

Griffith choked to death at the Masquers Club in Los Angeles, California, aged 62, on November 25, 1957.

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
1918 The Red-Haired Cupid Albert Jones
1919The Follies GirlFredric
1920 Love, Honor and Behave Man with Married Girlfriend
1920 Down on the Farm Writer
1922 The Crossroads of New York Wall Street 'Wolf'
1922 Fools First Tony
1922 Minnie Chewing Gum Salesman
1923 Red Lights Sheridan Scott
1923 The Eternal Three Leonard Foster
1923 The Day of Faith Tom Barnett
1923 White Tiger Roy Donovan
1923 Souls for Sale Himself
1924 Poisoned Paradise: The Forbidden Story of Monte Carlo Martel aka The Rat
1924 The Dawn of a Tomorrow The Dandy
1924 Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model Shorty Burchell
1924 The Yankee Consul Writer
1924 Lily of the Dust Karl Dehnecke
1924 Open All Night Igor
1925 The Night Club Robert White
1925 Miss Bluebeard The Honorable Bertie Bird
1925 Forty Winks Lord Chumley
1925 Paths to Paradise The Dude from Duluth
1925 Fine Clothes Oscar
1925 A Regular Fellow The Prince
1925When Winter WentBookworm
1926 Hands Up! Jack - a Confederate Spy
1926 Wet Paint He
1926 You'd Be Surprised Mr. Green - The Coroner
1926The Waiter from the Ritz
1927 Wedding Bills Algernon Schuyler Van Twidder
1927 Time to Love Alfred Sava-Goiu
1929 Trent's Last Case Philip Trent
1930 All Quiet on the Western Front Gerard DuvalUncredited, (final film role)
1933 Ladies They Talk About Producer
1933 Broadway Through a Keyhole Co-producer
1936 Private Number Producer
1939 Hotel for Women Producer

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