Silent film actors born prior to the Civil War ( 1817-1859 )by sherm-5 | created - 15 Jun 2012 | updated - 09 Nov 2016 | Public
Actors and actresses who were born befor movies and motion picture cameras were invented.Even though some of these people may have only appeared in one film, they were known as actors in their day(with one excepton *).I'm not aware of any listed here appearing on TV but if I'm wrong please feel free to comment.My list of 43 people.
In No Particular Order....
1.JOSEPH JEFFERSON[ 1829-1905 ] One film in 1903 and some Rip Van Winkle shorts in 1896.Died in Florida.
2.SKY EAGLE [1830-1926 ] born South Dakota.Actress,d.NY 3.RUBY LAFAYETTE [ 1844-1935 ] died Bell,Calif. 4.Mrs.MARY MAURICE [ 1844-1918 ] b.Ohio,d.Penn. 5.EDWARD SULLIVAN [ 1834-1919 ]
6.CHARLES "DADDY" MANLEY [ 1829 Ire-1916 Los Angeles.] was a cast member of "Our American Cousin" and was performing in Ford's theater the night Pres.Lincoln was shot.
7.Wm.H.'Dad' TAYLOR [ 1827 Brownsville,TX-1930 Los Angeles,Ca.] Was in at least one sound film.Born in a part of old Mexico that became Brownsville,TX Wm. joined the U.S. army in 1856 and fought wandering Indian tribes on the prairie.During the Civil War he joined the 78th Confederate Virginia Regiment until the end of fighting.He then joined up again with the U.S.Army and with Gen.Nelson A. Miles in his campaign against Sitting Bull. For the last 25 years of his life(1905-1930) he was an actor and one of Hollywoods most colorful members.On the 1920 U.S. census in Los Angeles,Cal. he is listed as Single,age 91 b.Texas and gives occupation 'Motion Picture actor'. 8.ERIC TAYLOR [ 1848-1910 ] born/died New York City. 9.Wm.COURTRIGHT [ 1848-1933 ] b.Illinois;d.Ione,Ca. 10.GERTRUDE NORMAN [1848-1943 ] b.London,Eng.,d.Los Angeles,Cal. 11.MATT SNYDER [ 1835- ] one film credit. 12.SARAH ALEXANDER [ 1839-1926] b.W.Va. active in film 1916-1919. 13.GEORGE LORIMER JOHNSON [ 1859-1941 ] actor/director. 14.THOMAS JEFFERSON [1856-1932 ] actor (son of Joseph b.1829.)Died in Cal. 15.JOHN W. JENKINS [1859-1930 ] actor/singer. 16.JOSEPH HORWITZ [1858-1922 ] 17.WILLIAM S.HARKINS [ 1856-1945 ]. 18.EDWIN HARLEY [ 1848-1933 ].
19.JENNIE FREEMAN *[ 1817-1925 ] appeared in "Salome of the Tenements" in 1925 as an extra for a short segment of the film.Born in Russia,at age 11 moved to London,Eng. for 50 yrs.,then New York city for 47 yrs where she became a movie actress for one day!Died age 108.
20.EUGENE EBERLE [ 1840-1917 ]died Chatham,NY 21.Mrs.Eugene EBERLE [ 1841-1919 ] b.Scotland;d.Chatham,NY. 22.MATHILDE COTTERLY [ 1851-1933 ] stage,film actress and singer. 23.Mrs.E.H.BROOKE [ 1835-1915 ] actress d.London,Eng. 24.AGNES KELLY ROBERTSON [ 1832-1916 ] 25.ROBERT BROWER [ 1850-1934 ]died West Hollywood,Ca. 26.HARRY BROWN [ 1844-1916 ] died on Long Island.
27.HERBERT BEERBOHM TREE [ 1853-1917 ] knighted,he was paid in excess of $100,000 in 1915 for a role,one of the largest sums ever paid an actor at that time.In 1915 the average worker made @ 1.50-2.00 per day and today $100,000 would be around $1 million.
28.Mrs.ANNA TOWNSEND [ 1845-1923 ]b.Utica,NY d.Calif. 29.HELEN T. TRACY [ 1850-1924 ] born Jacksonville,FL she was mother of actress/author Virginia Tracy(1874-1946) 30.SALLY STOCKLIN [ 1843-1925 ]. 31.BARNEY SHINGLETON [1844-1902 ] brother of Betty. 32.BETTY SHINGLETON [ 1843-1928 ]. 33.ROBERT McWADE [ 1835-1913 ]b.Canada,d.NY,NY. 34.Count PRIMO MAGRI [ 1849-1920 ] midget actor. 35.GEORGE OBER [ 1849-1912 ] 36.GEORGE ROBERTS [ 1845-1930 ] actor/playwrite. 37.FRANK SHEREK [ 1840-1903 ] b/d Los Angeles,Ca. 38.HAROLD SHEREK [ 1841-1913 ] " " 39.HARRY SHEREK [ 1844-1931 ] b.Inglewood,NJ,d.LA,Cal. 40.JULIA WOLCOTT [1845-May 25,1915 ] d.Chicago,Ill. 41.EDWIN HARLEY [1848 Pa.-Oct.29,1933]d.Wisc. 42.VIRGINIA B. MOON [1844-1925] extra and a spy for CSA. 43.JOHN JOHNSON DOWLING(1848-1928) in films f1915,