John S. Robertson

John Stuart Robertson (14 June 1878 – 5 November 1964) was a Canadian born actor and later film director perhaps best known for his 1920 screen adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring John Barrymore.

John S. Robertson
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Photo of Robertson from Photoplay (October 1921)
Born(1878-06-14)14 June 1878
Died5 October 1964(1964-10-05) (aged 86)
OccupationFilm director


Robertson was born in London, Ontario. He broke into filmmaking in 1915 with Vitagraph, then with Famous Players-Lasky, making 57 features in his career. Robertson left film in 1935, amid the increasing prevalence of sound pictures.[citation needed]

He was married to screenwriter Josephine Lovett. He died in California, aged 86.[citation needed]

The Byrds song "Old John Robertson" is about Robertson.[2]



  1. ^ "John Robertson, 86, of Early Film Days". The New York Times. 8 November 1964.
  2. ^ Younger Than Yesterday, ByrdWatcher. Retrieved 3 April 2008....Retrieved Wayback version 15 November 2017(Wayback Machine)

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