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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 12 July 1880Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Date of Death 6 October 1962Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameCharles Albert Browning

Mini Bio (1)

Belonging to a well-situated family, Charles Browning fell in love at the age of 16 with a dancer of a circus. Following her began his itinerary of being clown, jockey and director of a variety theater which ended when he met D.W. Griffith and became an actor. He made his debut in Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916). Working later on as a director, he had his first success with The Unholy Three (1925) (after about 25 unimportant pictures) which had his typical style of a mixture of fantasy, mystery and horror. His biggest hit was the classic Dracula (1931), in which he also appears as the voice of the harbor master.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Volker Boehm

Spouse (2)

Alice Browning (9 June 1911 - 12 May 1944) (her death)
Amy Louise Stevens (1906 - 1910) (divorced)

Trivia (5)

First wife, Amy Louise Stevens, was William Collier Jr.'s aunt.
He grew up in Louisville. His father (Charles) was the brother of "Old" Pete Browning, who was a 3 time batting champ who stole 103 bases in 1887. Pete's commissioning of a bat provided the start of the Hillerich & Bradsby bat company, famous for their Louisville Slugger model. The eccentric Pete drank heavily, apparently due to a chronic mastoid infection, and his catchphrase was "I can't hit the ball, unless I hit the bottle.".
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 66-71. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
Former circus contortionist.
Mentioned in David Bowie's song "Diamond Dogs", which was re-recorded by Beck and Timbaland for Moulin Rouge! (2001).

Salary (2)

The Unholy Three (1925) $6,500
West of Zanzibar (1928) $45,000

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