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Wilfred Lucas

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Wilfred Lucas (January 30, 1871 – December 13, 1940) was a Canadian-born American stage actor who found success in film as an actor, director, and screenwriter. Wilfred Lucas made his Broadway debut in 1904, playing in both the The Blue Grass Handicap and The Superstition of Sue. Following his 1906 role in the highly successful play The Chorus Lady, he was recruited to the fledgling Biograph Studios by D. W. Griffith. At the time, the film business was still looked down upon by many members of the theatrical community. In her 1925 book titled When the Movies Were Young, Griffith's wife, actress Linda Arvidson, told the story of the early days at Biograph Studios. In it, she referred to Lucas as the "first real grand actor, democratic enough to work in Biograph movies." In 1908 Lucas made his motion picture debut in Griffith's The Greaser's Gauntlet, appearing in more than 50 of these short (usually 17 minutes) films over the next two years. In 1910 while still acting, he wrote the script for Griffith's film Sunshine Sue, which was followed by many more scripts by 1924. Lucas also began directing in 1912 with Griffith on An Outcast Among Outcasts, and directed another 44 films over the next 20 years. In early 1916 he starred as John Carter in Acquitted, about which Photoplay wrote, "No single performance in the records of active photography has surpassed his visualization of the humble book-keeper in Acquitted." Later in 1916 he appeared in D.W. Griffith's film Intolerance. Part of the group of Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood, Lucas became friends and sometimes starred with Mary Pickford, Sam De Grasse, and Marie Dressler. Canadian-born director Mack Sennett hired him to both direct and act in a large number of films at his Keystone Studios. Lucas made the successful transition from silent film to sound. While working in Hollywood, in 1926 he returned to the stage, performing in several Broadway plays. He later appeared as a foil for Laurel and Hardy in their feature films Pardon Us and A Chump at Oxford. During his long career, Wilfred Lucas appeared in more than 375 films. Although for a time he was cast in leading roles, he became very successful as secondary and minor characters, making a good living in the film industry for more than three decades.

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Jan 30, 1871 In Norfolk, Ontario, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Greaser's Gauntlet 1908-08-11
Latest Project:
Movie Santa Fe Trail 1940-12-20
Known For
Poster of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Poster of Brother Rat
Poster of Shrimps for a Day
Poster of Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
Movie Women Without Names Roomer 1940-03-14
Movie Tear Gas Squad Policeman 1940-05-04
Movie The Fighting 69th Eye Doctor (uncredited) 1940-01-27
Movie A Chump at Oxford Dean Williams 1940-01-25
Movie Santa Fe Trail Weiner (uncredited) 1940-12-20
Movie Legion of the Lawless East Ivestown Leader 1940-01-22
Movie Edison, the Man Broker 1940-05-10
Movie Virginia City Southerner (uncredited) 1940-03-23
Movie Waterloo Bridge Elderly Huntsman at Estate Dance (uncredited) 1940-05-17
Movie A Dispatch from Reuters Board Member (uncredited) 1940-10-19
Movie They Drive by Night Bailiff (uncredited) 1940-07-26
Movie Triple Justice Constable Herb at Tule Mesa 1940-09-22
Movie Women in Hiding Policeman (uncredited) 1940-06-22
Movie Brother Orchid Brother MacDonald 1940-06-07
Movie Women in the Wind Burbank Offical (uncredited) 1939-04-15
Movie Each Dawn I Die Bailiff (uncredited) 1939-07-22
Movie Almost a Gentleman Dog Show Director 1939-03-31
Movie The Day the Bookies Wept Bill, Man Outside Racetrack 1939-09-15
Movie Dodge City Bartender (uncredited) 1939-04-08
Movie Zenobia Undetermined Role 1939-04-21
Movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Pompous Man (uncredited) 1939-10-19
Movie Raffles Bobby 1939-11-11
Movie Nick Carter, Master Detective Police Detective Randall 1939-12-13
Movie The Marshal Of Mesa City Marshal Andy Thompson 1939-11-03
Movie Four Wives Stationmaster (uncredited) 1939-12-22
Movie The Baroness and the Butler Member of Parliament 1938-02-18
Movie Night Spot Police Lieutenant 1938-02-25
Movie The Daredevil Drivers Race Judge 1938-02-12
Movie Safety in Numbers Councilman 1938-05-30
Movie Breakdowns of 1938 Himself 1938-02-07
Movie Over the Wall Cell Block Keeper 1938-04-02
Movie Four Daughters Doctor (uncredited) 1938-08-09
Movie The Declaration of Independence John Dickinson (uncredited) 1938-11-26
Movie Brother Rat Ballfield Doctor 1938-10-29
Movie A Man to Remember Man at Hospital Dedication (uncredited) 1938-10-14
Movie Down on the Farm Wheeler 1938-10-11
Movie Marked Woman 1st Jury Foreman (uncredited) 1937-04-10
Movie Blazing Sixes Sheriff Tom 1937-06-11
Movie Land Beyond the Law Jim Blake 1937-03-13
Movie Empty Holsters John Ware 1937-07-09
Movie We Who Are About to Die Prison Yard Captain 1937-01-08
Movie Criminal Lawyer Brandon's Assistant 1937-01-29
Movie Black Legion Bailiff (uncredited) 1937-01-30
Movie Mile a Minute Love Drexel 1937-04-05
Movie The Westland Case Gun Dealer 1937-10-30
Movie The Man Without a Country Lincoln's Secretary (uncredited) 1937-11-27
Movie Talent Scout Director of Screen Test 1937-07-24
Movie Hot Water Customer in Drugstore (uncredited) 1937-09-24
Movie Navy Blue and Gold Ship's Captain 1937-11-19
Movie She Loved a Fireman Fire Tug Captain 1937-12-18
Movie Varsity Show Police Commissioner 1937-09-04
Movie Prairie Thunder Nate Temple 1937-09-10
Movie Love on a Bet Man at Hutchinson's Meeting 1936-03-06
Movie The Country Doctor Proprietor (uncredited) 1936-03-12
Movie The Preview Murder Mystery Director (Uncredited) 1936-02-28
Movie Chatterbox Himself (uncredited) 1936-01-17
Movie Human Cargo Police Chief 1936-05-15
Movie Modern Times Juvenile Officer 1936-02-11
Movie California Mail Sheriff 1936-11-14
Movie Give Me Liberty His Excellency Permitting Henry's Arrest (uncredited) 1936-12-19
Movie Beloved Enemy Doctor (Uncredited) 1936-12-25
Movie The White Angel Raglan Staff Officer (uncredited) 1936-06-25
Movie Midnight Blunders Professor Edwin Millstone (uncredited) 1936-12-13
Movie High Tension Businessman 1936-07-10
Movie Chandu on the Magic Island Capt. Walker 1935-01-01
Movie Angkor Wilfred Lucas, game hunter 1935-01-01
Movie The Arizonian Townsman with Mayor 1935-06-27
Movie Naughty Marietta Announcer (uncredited) 1935-03-29
Movie Stranded Pat, a Welfare Worker (uncredited) 1935-06-29
Movie Kind Lady First Scotland Yard Man (uncredited) 1935-12-06
Movie Show Them No Mercy! Druggist (uncredited) 1935-12-06
Movie Rip Roaring Riley Chief Martin 1935-10-23
Movie The Moth John Gale 1934-01-14
Movie Apples to You! Chairman of the Board 1934-04-07
Movie The Dragon Murder Case Police Sergeant (uncredited) 1934-08-25
Movie Shrimps for a Day Mr. Wade 1934-12-07
Movie The Return of Chandu Capt. Wilson [Chs. 4-12] 1934-10-01
Movie The Big Cage Bob Mills 1933-05-01
Movie The Intruder Mr. Wayne 1933-03-13
Movie Phantom Thunderbolt Eaton - Railroad President 1933-03-04
Movie Racetrack Mr. Ryan 1933-02-25
Movie The Devil's Brother Unknown 1933-05-05
Movie Strange People John Davis 1933-06-16
Movie I Cover the Waterfront Randall 1933-05-19
Movie Air Fright Mr. Lucas, Airline Superintendent 1933-12-23
Movie Mary Stevens, M.D. Andrews' Lawyer Barry (uncredited) 1933-07-22
Movie Midnight Mary Nightclub Bouncer (uncredited) 1933-06-30
Movie The Mayor of Hell Bill (uncredited) 1933-06-24
Movie Stranger in Town J.P. Walker 1932-07-07
Movie What Price Hollywood? Bill the Replacement Director (uncredited) 1932-06-24
Movie The Dark Horse Debate Chairman 1932-06-16
Movie The Tabasco Kid Sheriff's Deputy 1932-01-30
Movie Cross-Examination Judge Hollister 1932-02-13
Movie Red Noses Mr. Lucas 1932-03-18
Movie Careless Lady Ship's Purser 1932-04-02
Movie Free Wheeling The Specialist 1932-09-30
Movie The Secrets of Wu Sin Pharmacist 1932-12-15
Movie Big City Blues Policeman (uncredited) 1932-09-18
Movie Call Her Savage Child Welfare Official (Uncredited) 1932-11-27
Movie Sister to Judas Mike O'Flanagan 1932-12-25
Movie You Said a Mouthful Official (uncredited) 1932-11-18
Movie The Devil Horse Whitney [Ch. 1] (uncredited) 1932-11-01
Movie Pardon Us Warden 1931-08-15
Movie Young Donovan's Kid Duryea 1931-06-06
Movie Millie Millie's Elderly Escort (uncredited) 1931-02-08
Movie The Galloping Ghost Sportscaster 1931-09-01
Movie Men Call It Love Sam Ellery 1931-03-14
Movie Graft Candidate Louis 1931-09-21
Movie House of Mystery Sheriff Franklin 1931-12-16
Movie Rich Man's Folly Unknown 1931-11-14
Movie The Phantom Dist. Atty. John Hampton 1931-11-01
Movie The Age for Love Undetermined Role 1931-10-17
Movie Convicted Capt. Hammond 1931-11-01
Movie Hello Sister Dr. Saltus 1930-02-15
Movie Cock o' the Walk SeƱor Vallejo 1930-04-13
Movie Looser Than Loose Mr. Gillstrom, Charley's Boss 1930-11-15
Movie Those Who Dance Big Ben Benson 1930-04-18
Movie The Arizona Kid Manager 1930-04-27
Movie Burnt Fingers Lord Cumberly 1927-02-20
Movie Her Sacrifice Edwin Ramsey 1926-09-26
Movie The Sorrows of Satan Unknown 1926-10-12
Movie Cyclone Cavalier Hugh Clayton 1925-09-28
Movie Riders of the Purple Sage Oldring 1925-03-15
Movie Daughters of Pleasure Mark Hadley 1924-06-15
Movie Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall Earl of Rutland 1924-05-24
Movie Valley of Hate Old Jim Darley 1924-06-20
Movie Jazzmania Julius Furman 1923-02-12
Movie The Girl of the Golden West 1923-05-03
Movie Trilby The Laird 1923-07-29
Movie Flesh and Blood The Policeman 1922-08-22
Movie Through The Back Door Elton Reeves 1921-05-05
Movie One a Minute Prosecutor (uncredited) 1921-06-19
Movie The Beautiful Liar Gaston Allegretti 1921-12-26
Movie The Fighting Breed Unknown 1921-09-01
Movie The Man from Kangaroo Red Jack Braggan 1920-01-24
Movie A Woman of Pleasure Sir John Thornbull 1919-11-09
Movie Hands Up! John Houston 1917-04-28
Movie A Love Sublime Philip 1917-03-11
Movie Sins of Ambition Unknown 1917-09-19
Movie Souls Triumphant Robert Powers 1917-05-19
Movie The Co-respondent Unknown 1917-10-06
Movie The Wood Nymph Fred Arnold 1916-01-23
Movie Acquitted John Carter 1916-02-06
Movie Macbeth 1916-01-02
Movie The Microscope Mystery Doc Arnold 1916-11-19
Movie Hell-to-Pay Austin Hell-to-Pay Austin 1916-08-20
Movie Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages Extra (uncredited) 1916-09-04
Movie The Lily and the Rose Jack Van Norman 1915-11-06
Movie Brute Force 1914-04-24
Movie A Tender-Hearted Crook 1913-10-02
Movie Fate's Interception The American 1912-04-08
Movie The Massacre Stephen 1912-02-25
Movie Billy's Stratagem Billy's Father 1912-02-12
Movie The Transformation of Mike Mike 1912-02-01
Movie Just Like a Woman The Wealthy Friend 1912-04-18
Movie The Girl and Her Trust 1912-03-28
Movie When Kings Were the Law The King of Romanda 1912-05-20
Movie A Sailor’s Heart The Sailor 1912-11-25
Movie Man's Genesis Bruteforce 1912-07-10
Movie A Pueblo Legend The Indian Girl's Great Brother 1912-08-29
Movie Home Folks The Blacksmith 1912-06-06
Movie The Lonedale Operator The Fireman 1911-03-23
Movie The Diamond Star Unknown 1911-02-20
Movie Fisher Folks Steve Hardester 1911-02-16
Movie His Daughter Unknown 1911-02-23
Movie His Trust George 1911-01-16
Movie Enoch Arden: Part I 1911-06-12
Movie The Two Paths 1911-01-02
Movie His Trust Fulfilled George 1911-01-18
Movie Heart Beats of Long Ago The Lover 1911-02-06
Movie The Rose of Kentucky The planter 1911-08-24
Movie A Woman Scorned The Doctor 1911-11-30
Movie The Failure The Clerk 1911-12-07
Movie Enoch Arden Enoch Arden 1911-06-15
Movie Love in the Hills The Manley Suitor 1911-10-30
Movie The Making of a Man In Second Audience 1911-10-04
Movie Enoch Arden: Part II Unknown 1911-06-15
Movie The Primal Call The Fisherman 1911-06-21
Movie Swords and Hearts Hugh Frazier 1911-08-27
Movie The Rocky Road 1910-01-03
Movie Winning Back His Love Frederick Wallace 1910-12-25
Movie 1776, or The Hessian Renegades Unknown 1909-09-06
Movie The Renunciation Unknown 1909-07-19
Movie The Honor of Thieves 1909-01-11
Movie A Strange Meeting Unknown 1909-08-01
Movie The Greaser's Gauntlet Jose 1908-08-11
Movie The Taming of the Shrew 1908-11-10
Movie The Girl and the Outlaw Unknown 1908-09-08