Ralph Lewis (actor)

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

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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
Spouse(s)Vera Lewis

Born in 1872 in Englewood, Illinois, 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 also starred in one of the early Hollywood sound shorts, Gaunt, in 1931.[2] He was married to actress Vera Lewis.

He died in Los Angeles, California after being hit by a limousine driven by a chauffeur working for Jack L. Warner.



  1. ^ Hal Erickson (2015). "Ralph Lewis". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on January 23, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2015. Link is dead
  2. ^ 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")

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