Nelson McDowell

Nelson McDowell (August 14, 1870 – November 3, 1947) was an American actor.[1] He appeared in more than 170 films between 1917 and 1945.

Nelson McDowell
Portrait of Nelson McDowell.jpg
Born(1870-08-14)August 14, 1870
DiedNovember 3, 1947(1947-11-03) (aged 77)
EducationNorthwestern University (A.B. and D.D.S.)
Years active1917-1945

McDowell was born in Greenville, Missouri. His parents were N. B. McDowell and Anne Hampton. He attended Leadville (Colorado) High School and Normal College in Freemont, Nebraska, before earning A.B. and D.D.S. degrees from Northwestern University in Chicago.[2] Prior to embarking on a theatrical career, McDowell had a career in dentistry. In 1901, he was appointed professor of orthodontics at the University of Illinois.[3]

In 1902, McDowell acted on stage in Chicago and in Lincoln, Nebraska. His film debut came in 1910 with Biograph.[2]

McDowell died in Hollywood, California after he shot himself.

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  1. ^ Katchmer, George A. (June 1, 1991). Eighty Silent Film Stars: Biographies and Filmographies of the Obscure to the Well Known. McFarland. ISBN 9780899504940. Retrieved June 1, 2019 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b Katchmer, George A. (May 20, 2015). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. pp. 248–249. ISBN 978-1-4766-0905-8. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  3. ^ "7 Nov 1901, 3 - The Greenfield Vidette at".

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