Edward Dillon (actor)

Edward Dillon (1872/1873[1] or 1879[2] – July 11, 1933) was an American actor, director and screenwriter of the silent era.[3] He performed in more than 320 films between 1905 and 1932 and also directed 134 productions between 1913 and 1926. He was a native of New York City.[1]

Edward Dillon
Edward Dillon 1915.jpg
Dillon in Ethel Gets Consent (1915)
DiedJuly 11, 1933(1933-07-11) (aged 54)
Other namesEddie Dillon
  • Actor
  • film director
  • screenwriter
Years active1905–1932
RelativesJohn T. Dillon (brother)

Dillon's work on Broadway included acting in Prince Otto (1900), Francesca da Rimini (1901), The Taming of the Shrew (1905), and The Ranger (1907).[4] He left the stage to begin acting in films in 1908, working under D. W. Griffith at Biograph.[5] He was Mary Pickford's first leading man, and he was instrumental in Fay Tincher's developing into a star.[1]

Dillon died on July 11, 1933, at the age of 60 in Hollywood, California from a heart attack. His brother John T. Dillon was also an actor.[1]

Selected filmographyEdit




The Edwin/Dillon Show (January 15, 1928-July 13, 1928) (Distributed by KSTP St. Paul and The Film Booking Offices of America)


  1. ^ a b c d "Edward Dillon". The New York Times. July 12, 1933. p. 17. Retrieved May 1, 2022.
  2. ^ Kear, Lynn; King, James (2009). Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Lady Crook. McFarland. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-7864-5468-6. Retrieved May 1, 2022.
  3. ^ "Edward Dillon". British Film Institute. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  4. ^ "Edward Dillon". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on July 13, 2020. Retrieved May 1, 2022.
  5. ^ "Edward Dillon". AllMovie. Archived from the original on March 31, 2022. Retrieved May 1, 2022.

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