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James Cruze (1884–1942)

Coming from a Mormon family in Utah, James Cruze was reportedly part Ute Indian. He worked as a fisherman to pay his way through drama school. Among his former wives were actresses Betty Compson (also from Utah) and Marguerite Snow. He was also married to Alberta McCoy (died on July 7, 1960), who is interred in the Columbarium at Hollywood Forever... See full bio »

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 1923 The Covered Wagon
Indian (scenes deleted)
 1919 Johnny Get Your Gun
The Duke of Bullconia
 1919 Under the Top
'Foxy' Stillmore
 1918 The Source
 1918 Less Than Kin
 1918 The City of Dim Faces
Wing Lung
 1918 Believe Me, Xantippe
Simp Calloway
 1918 Wild Youth
Li Choo
 1918 The Hidden Pearls
Koro Leon
 1917 The Slave Mart
Jack Spaulding
 1917 Nan of Music Mountain
Gale Morgan
 1917 The Call of the East
 1917 On the Level
 1917 What Money Can't Buy
Ferdinand Vaslof
 1917 The Web of Life
Tom Wilson
 1917 Her Temptation
Walton Maynard
 1916 The Snowbird
Bruce Mitchell
 1915 Armstrong's Wife
Harvey Arnold
 1915 His Guardian Auto (Short)
Billy Budd - Auto Owner
 1915 The Patriot and the Spy
 1915 The Heart of the Princess Marsari (Short)
The Indian Prince
 1914 Zudora
Hassam Ali / Jim Baird - Reporter
 1914 From Wash to Washington (Short)
Diana's Sweetheart
 1914 The Million Dollar Mystery
Jim Norton - Newspaper Reporter
 1914 Rivalry (Short)
Ralph Stevens
 1914 A Dog of Flanders (Short)
 1914 The Mohammedan's Conspiracy (Short)
Lord Trevor
 1914 A Debut in the Secret Service (Short)
Lord Trevor
 1914 The Cat's Paw (Short)
Lord Trevor
 1914 The Desert Tribesman (Short)
The Caliph / The Caliph's Son - the Desert Tribesman
 1914 Cardinal Richelieu's Ward
Cardinal Richelieu
 1914 A Leak in the Foreign Office (Short)
Lord Trevor
 1914 Why Reginald Reformed (Short)
 1914 The Woman Pays (Short)
James Dacres
 1914 Frou Frou
Comte Paul de Valreas
 1913 The Legend of Provence
Sir Henry
 1913 The Silver-Tongued Orator (Short)
Grocery Clerk & Orator
 1913 The Plot Against the Governor (Short)
The Governor / The Governor's Cousin, Henry
 1913 A Daughter Worth While (Short)
The Corporation President
 1913 Moths
Undetermined Name, villain
 1913 Robin Hood (uncredited)
 1913 The Message to Headquarters (Short)
The Count
 1913 The Ward of the King (Short)
A Young Nobleman
 1913 An Unromantic Maiden (Short)
Count DeChromo
 1913 Little Dorrit (Short)
Little Dorrit's Father
 1913 The Top of New York (Short)
The Sergeant
 1913 When Darkness Came (Short)
The Chief Clerk
 1913 Tannhäuser (Short)
 1913 The Lost Combination (Short)
The Convict Father of the Girl
 1913/II The Snare of Fate (Short)
Mr. Jenks, the Usurer
 1913 The Caged Bird (Short)
The King
 1913 The Marble Heart (Short)
Raphael, the Jilted Sculptor
 1913 Her Sister's Secret (Short)
The Handsome Neighbor
 1913 Rosie's Revenge (Short)
The Rival
 1913 The Dog in the Baggage Car (Short)
The Actor
 1913 When Ghost Meets Ghost (Short)
Ghost in Armor
 1913 The Woman Who Did Not Care (Short)
The Scarecrow / The Nobleman
 1913 Cymbeline (Short)
 1913 For Her Boy's Sake (Short)
The Wife
 1913 Her Gallant Knights (Short)
 1913 The Idol of the Hour (Short)
The Young Artist
 1913 Her Neighbor (Short)
 1913 His Heroine (Short)
 1913 Good Morning, Judge (Short)
A Young Clubman
 1913 The Dove in the Eagle's Nest (Short)
The Eagle
 1913 Napoleon's Luck Stone (Short)
The Clerk
 1913 The Tiniest of Stars (Short)
The Musician
 1913 A Poor Relation (Short)
 1912 A Militant Suffragette (Short)
John Strong, Mary's Fiancé
 1912 The Star of Bethlehem (Short)
Micah / Joseph
 1912 The Other Half (Short)
The Father
 1912 The Forest Rose (Short)
Albert as an Older Man, Rose's Lover
 1912/I The Thunderbolt (Short)
The Dishonest Broker
 1912 Cross Your Heart (Short)
The Little Boy Grown Up
 1912 The Ladder of Life (Short)
 1912 Put Yourself in His Place (Short)
Edith's Husband
 1912 In a Garden (Short)
Jack - as an Adult
 1912/II The Woman in White (Short)
Sir Percival Glyde
 1912 When Mercy Tempers Justice (Short)
The Impoverished Father
 1912 Miss Robinson Crusoe (Short)
Miss Crusoe's Rescuer and Lover
 1912 Letters of a Lifetime (Short)
A Dying Bachelor
 1912 But the Greatest of These Is Charity (Short)
The Rich Father
 1912 Undine (Short)
Huldbrand, the Knight
 1912 Lucile (Short)
Lord Alfred
 1912 Baby Hands (Short)
The Husband
 1912 The Finger of Scorn (Short)
The Minister
 1912 Nursie and the Knight (Short)
The Father
 1912 Pa's Medicine (Short)
The Doctor
 1912/I Under Two Flags (Short)
 1912 Called Back (Short)
Gilbert Vaughn
 1912 Whom God Hath Joined (Short)
The Husband
 1912 Jess
Captain John Neil
 1912 Love's Miracle (Short)
The Convict / Lover
 1912 Miss Arabella Snaith (Short)
Harry Hargreaves, Novelist
 1912 The Cry of the Children (Short)
The working father
 1912 Rejuvenation (Short)
The Millionaire
 1912 Into the Desert (Short)
The Arab
 1912 A Love of Long Ago (Short)
 1912 The Girl of the Grove (Short)
 1912 For Sale -- A Life (Short)
The Wealthy Young Clubman
 1912 The Golf Caddie's Dog (Short)
The Lover
 1912 Flying to Fortune (Short)
The Daughter's Sweetheart
 1912 The Arab's Bride (Short)
The Wealthy Moor
 1912 On Probation (Short)
 1912 East Lynne (Short)
Archibald Carlyle
 1912 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Short)
Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde
 1911 She (Short)
Leo Vincey / Kallikrates
 1911 Brother Bob's Baby (Short)
Bob's Brother
 1911 Beneath the Veil (Short)
The Artist
 1911 A Mother's Faith (Short)
The Errant Son
 1911/II The Last of the Mohicans (Short)
 1911 David Copperfield (Short)
 1911 The Higher Law (Short)
 1911 A Boy of the Revolution (Short)
 1911 Back to Nature (Short)
Joe Jackson
 1911 The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Short)
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Stage, vaudeville actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter. See more »

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5' 3" (1.6 m)


Alberta Beatrice McCoy  (his death) | See more »


May Cruze (sibling)

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