James Neill (actor)

James F. Neill (September 29, 1860 – March 16, 1931) was an American stage actor and film actor of the silent era.[1] He appeared in 113 films between 1913 and 1930.

James F. Neill
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Neill c. 1906
Born(1860-09-29)September 29, 1860
DiedMarch 16, 1931(1931-03-16) (aged 70)
Resting placeBonaventure Cemetery
Years active1913–1930
Spouse(s)
Annie Helen Blancke
(m. 1886; div. 1894)

BiographyEdit

Graduated from the University of Georgia in 1832, James Neill immediately embarked on a theatrical career which spanned nearly fifty years with stage appearances in every state in the Union, the territories (including Hawaii), and the provinces of Canada, in addition to film appearances in the studios of many of the major early Hollywood producers.[2]

"The occasion of spring vacation during his senior year at the University of Georgia was marked by the first amateur theatrical appearance of young James F. Neill. The April 11, 1832, program for the Savannah Theatre included a listing of the Veteran Guard Cadets, a 'military drill team and chorus,' as part of the evening’s entertainment provided by the Ford Dramatic Amateur Society. Neill listed this as his 'first appearance on any stage, as one of the...Cadets.'"[2]

"At the end of the 1884-85 season, Neill returned to Savannah with a play he had written and he persuaded J. C. Shaw, of what was now called the Ford Dramatic Association, to produce the new work as part of the seventh annual summer season of the group. On the evening of June 18, 1885, the Savannah Theatre was the locale for the first performance on any stage of Mr. James Neill’s romantic four-act drama -- Chip Redmond: or the Moonshine Maid."[3]

James Neill was fifty-three years old when he appeared in his first Hollywood film, The Passerby, in 1913.[4]

His second wife, and frequent costar on stage and screen, was Edythe Chapman.

Partial filmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Katchmer, George A. (May 20, 2015). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. ISBN 9781476609058 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b Zucchero, William Henry (1964). The Contributions of James F. Neill to the Development of the Modern American Theatrical Stock Company. The Ohio State University, Ph.D., Speech—Theater. pp. 86–88.
  3. ^ Zucchero, William Henry (1964). The Contributions of James F. Neill to the Development of the Modern American Theatrical Stock Company. The Ohio State University, Ph.D., Speech—Theater. p. 95.
  4. ^ Zucchero, William Henry (1964). The Contributions of James F. Neill to the Development of the Modern American Theatrical Stock Company. The Ohio State University, Ph.D., Speech—Theater. p. 107.

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