Ralph Lewis (actor)

Ralph Percy Lewis (October 8, 1872 – December 4, 1937) was an American actor of the silent film era.[1]

Ralph Lewis
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Lewis in The Hoodlum (1919)
Ralph Percy Lewis

(1872-10-08)October 8, 1872
DiedDecember 4, 1937(1937-12-04) (aged 65)
Years active1912–1937
SpouseVera Lewis

Born in 1872 in Englewood, Illinois, Lewis attended Northwestern University.[2]

Lewis appeared in 160 films between 1912 and 1938. The character actor remains perhaps best remembered for his role as abolitionist U.S. Representative Austin Stoneman in D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915) and the governor in Intolerance (1916). Lewis's film debut came in 1912.[2] He also starred in one of the early Hollywood sound shorts, Gaunt, in 1931.[3] He was married to actress Vera Lewis.[4]

Lewis died in Los Angeles, California, on December 4, 1937, after being hit on November 25, 1937 by a limousine driven by a chauffeur working for Jack L. Warner.[5]



  1. ^ Hal Erickson (2015). "Ralph Lewis". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on January 23, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2015. Link is dead
  2. ^ a b "Ralph Lewis injured". The New York Times. November 26, 1937. p. 27. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  3. ^ Edwin M. Bradley The First Hollywood Sound Shorts, 1926-1931 1476606846 2005 p453 "Gaunt, with Ralph Lewis, Clarence Geldert, John Beck, George Waggner, Murray Smith and Allison Larkin, Esja, 3 reels, T. Director: Joseph Henry Steele. Screenplay: Joseph Henry Steele (based on the story "The Debt Collector" by Maurice Levin")
  4. ^ Wilson, Scott (August 19, 2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 443. ISBN 978-1-4766-2599-7. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  5. ^ Fleming, E. J. (2015). Hollywood Death and Scandal Sites: Seventeen Driving Tours with Directions and the Full Story, 2d ed. McFarland. p. 65. ISBN 978-0-7864-9644-0. Retrieved April 20, 2022.

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