Louis Bennison

Louis Bennison (October 17, 1884 – June 9, 1929) was an American stage and silent film actor, known for westerns. Born in Oakland, he attended the University of California, and performed in plays such as The Unchastened Woman and Johnny Get Your Gun. He had starring film roles and made his motion picture debut in the silent film Damaged Goods in 1914, other films included Pretty Mrs. Smith (1915), Oh, Johnny! (1918) and as the titular character in Speedy Meade (1919). In the 1920s he developed a relationship with broadway actress Margaret Lawrence, and on June 9, 1929, the two were found dead in Lawrence's New York apartment, the result of a murder-suicide by firearm. Police believed the incident was alcohol related.[1][2][3][4]

Louis Bennison
Louis Bennison as Speedy Meade.jpg
Bennison as the title character in Speedy Meade (1919)
Born(1884-10-17)October 17, 1884
DiedJune 9, 1929(1929-06-09) (aged 44)
Occupationfilm and stage actor, playwright, director
Years active1914-1927
Louis Bennison woodcut c. 1919



  1. ^ "Noted Stage Stars in Murder-Suicide". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 10, 1929. p. 1. cont., p. 5
  2. ^ Frasier, David K. (2005). Suicide in the Entertainment Industry: An Encyclopedia of 840 Twentieth Century Cases. McFarland. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-7864-2333-0.
  3. ^ "Margaret Lawrence slain by Louis Bennison, actor, who ends life in her home". The New York Times. June 10, 1929.
  4. ^ Biography of Louis Bennison and His Involvement with Margaret Lawrence Retrieved August 18, 2017

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