Phillips Smalley

Wendell Phillips Smalley (August 7, 1865 – May 2, 1939) was an American silent film director and actor.

Phillips Smalley
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Smalley in 1915
Born
Wendell Phillips Smalley

(1865-08-07)August 7, 1865
DiedMay 2, 1939(1939-05-02) (aged 73)
OccupationActor, film director
Years active1910-1939
Spouse(s)
(m. 1904; div. 1922)

Phyllis Lorraine Ephlin, 1926-1939

BiographyEdit

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Smalley began his career in vaudeville and acted in more than 200 films between 1910 and his death in 1939. He began directing in 1911 and made more than 300 films by 1921.

Smalley was married to actress, writer, director, and producer Lois Weber from April 29, 1904, to 1922.[1] They met in 1904 when Weber was acting in a theater where Smalley was stage manager. In 1908 Smalley and Weber began working for the U.S. division of Gaumont Film Company, where Smalley was an actor, and later a director. He is sometimes listed as a co-director with Lois Weber, and the extent of his contribution to her work is unresolved.

Phillips Smalley died in 1939 and is interred next to his second wife Phyllis Lorraine Ephlin in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills.

Selected filmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ancestry.com. Cook County, Illinois, Marriages Index, 1871-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: “Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871–1920.” Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2010. Illinois Department of Public Health records. "Marriage Records, 1871–present." Division of Vital Records, Springfield, Illinois.

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