Thomas W. Ross

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Thomas W. Ross (22 January 1875, Boston – 14 November 1959, Torrington, Connecticut) [1] was an American stage and film actor. He had a prolific career on Broadway from 1902 through 1944. He first drew critical acclaim for his portrayal of the title role in Henry Blossom's 1903 play Checkers . [2] [3] [4] [5] He first performed the role in the play's premiere at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. on September 21, 1903, [6] and continued with the work for both its Broadway runs in 1903 and 1904, [5] [7] and on national tour. In 1913 he reprised his role in the silent film Checkers; his first film part. [8] After this, he appeared in more than 25 additional films made through 1944.


Partial list of Broadway credits

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  1. Eugene Michael Vazzana (2001). "Thomas W. Ross". Silent Film Necrology. McFarland & Company. p. 456. ISBN   9780786410590.
  2. "Still They Come". Munsey's Magazine . 30: 467–468. 1904.
  3. "Two Notable Theatrical Failures". The Argonaut . October 26, 1903.
  4. "Drama: From Venus to Bacchus". Life . October 16, 1903.
  5. 1 2 "Notes on Plays; "Checkers" Something New in Melodrama at the American Theatre". The New York Times . October 1, 1903. p. 5.
  6. "NEW PLAYS IN WASHINGTON.; " The Light That Lies in Woman's Eyes" and "Checkers" Draw Large Audiences". The New York Times . September 22, 1903. p. 6.
  7. "The Stage". Munsey's Magazine . 31: 780. 1904.
  8. Jay Robert Nash; Robert Connelly; Stanley Ralph Ross, eds. (1985). "Checkers". The Motion Picture Guide: Silent film, 1910-1936. Cinebook. p. 47.