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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 20 January 1884Troy, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of Death 17 June 1955Miami, Florida, USA  (heart attack)
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Carlyle Blackwell was a popular American matinée idol and occasional director of the silent cinema. Debonair and darkly handsome, he made his debut with Vitagraph in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1910) and was seldom out of work as a romantic lead, progressing from one- and two-reelers to feature films by 1914. He was Kalem's number one star until 1915, when Jesse L. Lasky poached him for Famous Players. In 1921, Blackwell embarked on a European tour and opted to remain in England for the remainder of the decade, which turned out to be a good career move. He became the first actor to portray Bulldog Drummond (1922) in a British/Dutch co-production, following this box-office success with another, as Lord Robert Dudley in the period drama The Virgin Queen (1923), directed by J. Stuart Blackton. He retained his popularity until the arrival of sound, which abruptly ended his career. Blackwell had the final distinction of being the last silent actor to play Sherlock Holmes at the head of an international cast in a German production of Der Hund von Baskerville (1929). Alas, no prints of this film are known to be extant.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Spouse (5)

Victoria Ann Enoch (1948 - 17 June 1955) (his death)
Nancy Rachel Nicholsen Bradsby Emmons (8 November 1946 - 6 April 1947) (her death)
Avonne Taylor (25 March 1933 - 25 June 1936) (divorced)
Leah Primrose Barnato Haxton (29 July 1926 - 25 March 1933) (divorced)
Ruth Hartman (8 July 1909 - 21 November 1923) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (3)

Entered films in 1909 with Vitagraph.
Father of screen actor Carlyle Blackwell Jr.
Co-founded, with Michael Balcon, the British studio Picadilly Pictures in 1926.

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