Edward Peil Sr.

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Edward J. Peil Sr. (January 18, 1883 – December 29, 1958) was an American film actor. He appeared in more than 370 films between 1913 and 1951.

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Peil inscene from Blue Steel (1934)
Edward J. Peil

(1883-01-18)January 18, 1883
DiedDecember 29, 1958(1958-12-29) (aged 75)
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame
Years active1913–1951
Spouse(s)Henriette (Etta) Raynor (1906-?) (2 children, including Edward Peil Jr.)[1]

Peil was born in Racine, Wisconsin, one of 10 children of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Pell. He attended University of Notre Dame, studying dramatics, which led to his acting on stage and later in films. His first film was Charley's Aunt (1906). He had the lead in the first five-reel film, Through Fire to Fortune (1910). He also acted in the first film that used artificial illumination outdoors at night, the first three-reel color film, and the first Technicolor film.[2]

Peil's wife, Henrietta, was an actress. They were married in 1916 in Wabash, Indiana, while both were touring with the Chicago Majestic Theater Stock Company.[3]

Peil died in Hollywood, California. His son, Edward Peil Jr., was also an actor and starred in the comedy serial The Adventures of Edgar Pomeroy.

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Magers, Donna. "Edward J. Peil". westernclippings.com. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "Edward Peil, 76, RacineNative Who Began Film Career in Silent Movie Days, Dies". Racine Journal-Times. Wisconsin, Racine. January 5, 1959. p. 4. Retrieved March 9, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Honors For Edward Peils Wed 50 Years". Valley Times. California, North Hollywood. July 2, 1956. p. 20. Retrieved March 9, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.

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