Jacques Jaccard

Jacques Jaccard was an American film director, writer and actor whose achievements in cinema were mostly in silent film. He directed 86 films and wrote the scripts for almost 80 films. The best-known of his films as a director was The Diamond from the Sky (1915).[1][2]

Jacques Jaccard
Jacques Arthur Jaccard

(1886-09-11)September 11, 1886
DiedJuly 24, 1960(1960-07-24) (aged 73)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1913–1938
Spouse(s)Helen Leslie (div.)
Joan Jaccard (div.)
Sally Arnett (div.)
Jaccard directed The Diamond from the Sky (1915)


Jaccard told reporters he was born in New York City and educated in France.[3] He moved back to the U.S. around 1913 and began a career as an actor and assistant director, specializing in western and action films at Universal early on. In the mid-1920s, after returning from serving in World War I, he began working for lower-rent studios such as Goodwill Pictures, Syndicate Pictures, and Arrow Pictures.

When movies with sound became popular, Jaccard's career went downhill; he directed his last film, Señor Jim, in 1936. After that, he worked as a screenwriter and dialogue director. In 1940, he rejoined Universal's serial department as a dialogue coach, working on popular serials such as Gang Busters and Adventures of the Flying Cadets. Jaccard retired in 1944 and died in Los Angeles in 1960.[4]

Jaccard was married at least three times. His wife Helen Leslie (real name Helen Reisling) was an actress, as was Catherine Dirking (who went by the stage name Joan Jaccard during their brief marriage).[5][6][7][8] Dirking was only 16 when she married Jaccard in 1926; the pair divorced in 1933.[9][10] Some newspapers reported that he was also briefly married to Betty Blythe.

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  1. ^ Rainey, Buck (June 8, 2015). Serials and Series: A World Filmography, 1912-1956. McFarland. ISBN 978-1-4766-0448-0.
  2. ^ Catalog of Copyright Entries. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1919.
  3. ^ "Jacques Jaccard Directs Another Serial". The Sedgwick Pantagraph. February 21, 1918. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  4. ^ "Jacques Jacquard". The Los Angeles Times. July 30, 1960. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  5. ^ "Stage Actor to Wed Joan Jaccard in Surprise Rite". Daily News. September 13, 1934. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  6. ^ "Jacques Jaccard Weds". News-Pilot. May 14, 1926. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  7. ^ "Matrimonial Seas Get Choppy in Filmland". Oakland Tribune. May 17, 1925. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  8. ^ "Jaccard Case Set". The Los Angeles Times. February 5, 1922. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  9. ^ "Actress Wins Divorce Plea". The Los Angeles Times. March 28, 1933. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  10. ^ "Screen Director Sued for Divorce". The Los Angeles Times. March 10, 1933. Retrieved March 15, 2020.