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Claire McDowell

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Claire McDowell (2 November 1877 – 23 October 1966) was an American actress. She appeared in 360 films between 1908 and 1945. Still somewhat of a youthful beauty when she started in early silent films, McDowell appeared in numerous films, eventually graduating to playing character and mother types. She can be seen to good advantage in Douglas Fairbanks's 1920 The Mark of Zorro. McDowell appeared in two of the biggest films of the silent era, The Big Parade (1925) and Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925), both in which she played mothers. She was married to silent screen character actor Charles Hill Mailes from 1906 to his 1937 death. The couple appeared in numerous silent films together, including The Mark of Zorro. They had two sons, Robert Mailes and Eugene Mailes. Claire McDowell died, aged 88, in Hollywood, California.

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Nov 2, 1877 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Devil 1908-10-02
Latest Project:
Movie Adventure 1945-12-28
Known For
Poster of Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble
Poster of Young Tom Edison
Poster of Boys Town
Poster of Prudence on Broadway
Movie Adventure Woman in Library (uncredited) 1945-12-28
Movie Men on Her Mind Mother Goodwin 1944-02-12
Movie Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble Dr. Standish's Servant (uncredited) 1944-05-04
Movie Hangmen Also Die! Counterwoman (uncredited) 1943-04-15
Movie Presenting Lily Mars Dowager 1943-04-29
Movie Du Barry Was a Lady Subway Passenger 1943-08-13
Movie This Land Is Mine Woman in Bathroom 1943-05-07
Movie Whispers Gossip (uncredited) 1941-02-08
Movie Lady Scarface Mrs. Tuckerman 1941-09-26
Movie Dr. Kildare Goes Home Nurse for Mr. Winslow 1940-09-06
Movie A Failure at Fifty Minor Role (uncredited) 1940-07-01
Movie Young Tom Edison Woman at Station 1940-03-15
Movie The Golden Fleecing Pedestrian 1940-08-16
Movie Idiot's Delight Crying Mother 1939-01-27
Movie Angel of Mercy Mother (uncredited) 1939-05-20
Movie Stand Up and Fight Woman 1939-01-06
Movie Miracles for Sale Jack of Diamonds Woman 1939-08-10
Movie Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President Gossiper 1939-12-01
Movie Thunder Afloat Nurse (uncredited) 1939-09-15
Movie One Against the World Jane Todd Crawford (uncredited) 1939-08-19
Movie Test Pilot Funeral Home Associate (uncredited) 1938-04-16
Movie They're Always Caught Mrs. Fletcher (uncredited) 1938-07-03
Movie Boys Town Nun (uncredited) 1938-09-08
Movie The Man on the Rock Napoleon's Mother (uncredited) 1938-09-03
Movie Song of Revolt Artistocratic Dowager (uncredited) 1937-05-29
Movie A Night at the Movies Movie Patron (uncredited) 1937-11-06
Movie Two-Fisted Sheriff Miss Herrick - Molly's Aunt 1937-06-14
Movie August Week End Alma Washburne 1936-02-17
Movie Small Town Girl Woman in Bed (uncredited) 1936-04-10
Movie Murder by Television Mrs. Houghland 1935-10-01
Movie Journal of a Crime Sister at Hospital 1934-03-10
Movie It Happened One Night Mother on Bus (uncredited) 1934-02-22
Movie Dr. Monica Miss Bryerly (uncredited) 1934-06-23
Movie Bedside Nurse 1934-01-31
Movie British Agent Woman Saying 'Lenin will Live' (uncredited) 1934-09-15
Movie Imitation of Life Teacher Outside Classroom (uncredited) 1934-11-23
Movie Two Heads on a Pillow Mrs. Helen Gorman 1934-10-02
Movie Central Airport Mrs. Blaine 1933-04-15
Movie The Working Man Benjamin's Secretary 1933-04-20
Movie By Appointment Only Mrs. Mary Carroll 1933-07-06
Movie Wild Boys of the Road Mrs. Smith 1933-10-07
Movie The Famous Ferguson Case Brooks' Landlady (uncredited) 1932-04-19
Movie Union Depot Little Boy's Mother (uncredited) 1932-01-14
Movie The Strange Love of Molly Louvain Ann Marie's Caregiver Mrs. Schiller (uncredited) 1932-05-28
Movie The Phantom Express Ma Nolan 1932-08-15
Movie A Successful Calamity Struthers' Secretary (uncredited) 1932-09-17
Movie Lawyer Man Gilmurry's Secretary (uncredited) 1932-12-24
Movie Cornered Jane's Aunt 1932-08-05
Movie Under Eighteen Seamstress (uncredited) 1931-01-02
Movie An American Tragedy Mrs. Samuel Griffiths 1931-08-22
Movie Manhattan Parade Nancy - the Maid 1931-12-24
Movie The Big House Mrs. Marlowe 1930-06-14
Movie The Second Floor Mystery Aunt Hattie 1930-04-26
Movie Redemption Anna Pavlovna 1930-05-02
Movie Young Desire Mrs. Spencer 1930-06-18
Movie Wild Company Mrs. Laura Grayson 1930-07-05
Movie Mothers Cry Mary's Mother 1930-12-07
Movie The Flying Fleet Mrs. Hastings (uncredited) 1929-01-19
Movie The Shield of Honor Unknown 1928-02-19
Movie The Viking Lady Editha (as Claire MacDowell) 1928-11-02
Movie The Tragedy of Youth Unknown 1928-03-01
Movie The Auctioneer Mrs. Tim Eagan 1927-01-16
Movie A Little Journey Unknown 1927-01-01
Movie The Taxi Dancer Aunt Mary 1927-02-05
Movie Almost Human Mrs. Livingston 1927-12-26
Movie The Shamrock Handicap Molly O'Shea 1926-05-02
Movie The Devil's Circus Mrs. Peterson 1926-02-14
Movie The Unknown Soldier John Phillips' sister 1926-05-29
Movie The Show Off Mom Fisher 1926-08-16
Movie The Tower of Lies Katrina 1925-10-10
Movie Waking Up the Town Mrs. Joyce 1925-03-30
Movie The Big Parade Mrs. Apperson 1925-11-05
Movie Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Princess of Hur 1925-12-25
Movie Thy Name Is Woman Juan's Mother 1924-02-04
Movie Secrets Elizabeth Channing 1924-03-24
Movie Ashes of Vengeance Margot's Aunt 1923-08-06
Movie The West~Bound Limited Unknown 1923-04-14
Movie Human Wreckage Mrs. Brown 1923-06-17
Movie Circus Days Unknown 1923-07-30
Movie Penrod Mrs. Schofield 1922-02-20
Movie Nice People Margaret Rainsford 1922-07-12
Movie Heart's Haven May Caroline 1922-08-08
Movie Midsummer Madness Mrs. Osborne 1921-01-23
Movie What Every Woman Knows Comtesse de la Brière 1921-04-24
Movie Love Never Dies Liz Trott 1921-11-11
Movie The Woman in the Suitcase Mrs. James B. Moreland 1920-01-11
Movie The Gift Supreme Lalia Graun 1920-03-30
Movie The Mark of Zorro Dona Catalina Pulido 1920-12-05
Movie The Jack-Knife Man Lize Merdin 1920-07-31
Movie Something to Think About Housekeeper 1920-10-16
Movie The Follies Girl Nina 1919-04-27
Movie Rosalind at Redgate Unknown 1919-01-11
Movie Prudence on Broadway Miss Grayson 1919-07-06
Movie Heart o' the Hills Martha Hawn 1919-11-30
Movie The Gates of Doom Unknown 1917-03-05
Movie The Bronze Bride Unknown 1917-04-02
Movie The Storm Woman Unknown 1917-10-02
Movie The Clean-Up Unknown 1917-08-06
Movie Mixed Blood Unknown 1916-12-18
Movie A Stranger from Somewhere Unknown 1916-11-13
Movie The Right to Be Happy Mrs. Cratchit 1916-12-25
Movie The Stolen Bride Unknown 1913-04-07
Movie The Telephone Girl and the Lady Unknown 1913-01-05
Movie The Unwelcome Guest The Wife 1913-03-15
Movie The Wanderer The Female Lover 1913-05-02
Movie The House of Darkness The Doctor's Wife 1913-05-10
Movie A Tender-Hearted Crook Edith 1913-10-02
Movie The Strong Man's Burden Ida Glynn, The Nurse 1913-09-05
Movie Olaf-An Atom A Parent 1913-05-19
Movie The Old Actor At Audition 1912-05-06
Movie The Female of the Species The Miner's Wife 1912-04-15
Movie Billy's Stratagem Billy's Mother 1912-02-12
Movie A Temporary Truce Mexican Jim's Wife 1912-06-10
Movie The Sunbeam Spinster 1912-02-25
Movie A Sailor’s Heart The Sailor's Third Sweetheart 1912-11-25
Movie The God Within The Woodsman's Wife 1912-12-26
Movie Lena and the Geese Lena's Mother 1912-06-17
Movie So Near, Yet So Far Rich Woman in Other Town 1912-09-29
Movie Man's Genesis Cave Woman 1912-07-10
Movie The School Teacher and the Waif The Street Fakir's Sweetheart 1912-06-26
Movie Fisher Folks At Fair 1911-02-16
Movie A Decree of Destiny A Nun 1911-03-06
Movie His Trust Col. Frazier's wife 1911-01-16
Movie The Manicure Lady Lunchroom Hostess 1911-05-18
Movie His Trust Fulfilled Mrs. Frazier 1911-01-18
Movie Fate's Turning At Hotel/At Wedding 1911-01-22
Movie What Shall We Do with Our Old? Unknown 1911-02-13
Movie A Woman Scorned The Doctor's Wife 1911-11-30
Movie The Primal Call The Woman 1911-06-21
Movie The Adventures of Billy Rich Woman 1911-10-18
Movie The Long Road Ned's Wife 1911-10-26
Movie The Squaw's Love Silver Fawn 1911-09-13
Movie A Country Cupid The Half-Wit's Mother 1911-07-23
Movie Swords and Hearts Irene Lambert 1911-08-27
Movie The Usurer Despairing Mother / One of the Third Debtors 1910-08-14
Movie Wilful Peggy Housemaid 1910-08-24
Movie Love Among the Roses Unknown 1910-05-08
Movie A Mohawk's Way Unknown 1910-09-12
Movie A Flash of Light At First Party 1910-07-17
Movie Waiter No. 5 The Chief of Police's Wife 1910-11-03
Movie The Golden Supper Lady-in-Waiting 1910-12-12
Movie The Oath and the Man Rebel 1910-09-21
Movie His New Lid Unknown 1910-11-24
Movie The Iconoclast Unknown 1910-10-03
Movie Rose o' Salem Town Unknown 1910-09-25
Movie The Devil Unknown 1908-10-02
Movie The Planter's Wife Mrs. John Holland 1908-10-20