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King Baggot

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia William King Baggot (November 7, 1879 – July 11, 1948) was an American actor, film director and screenwriter. He was an internationally famous movie star of the silent film era. The first individually publicized leading man in America, Baggot was referred to as "King of the Movies", "The Most Photographed Man in the World", and "The Man Whose Face Is As Familiar As The Man In The Moon". Baggot appeared in over 300 motion pictures from 1909 to 1947, wrote 18 screenplays, and directed 45 movies from 1912 to 1928, including The Lie (1912), Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman (1925), and The House of Scandal (1928). He also directed William S. Hart in his most famous western, Tumbleweeds (1925). Among his film appearances, Baggot was best known for The Scarlet Letter (1911), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1913), and Ivanhoe (1913). Baggot began his career on the stage, in a Shakespearean stock company, and toured throughout the U.S. While acting in stock in St. Louis in 1909, he was cast as supporting player in the Schubert touring production of The Wishing Ring. When The Wishing Ring closed in Chicago, Baggot returned to New York to join another company. Upon a chance meeting with Harry Solter, who was directing movies for Carl Laemmle at Independent Moving Pictures Company (IMP), he was persuaded to go with Solter to the studio. Baggot became interested in the fledgling industry and decided to turn picture player. His first film was the romance short The Awakening of Bess (1909) opposite Florence Lawrence. It was directed by Harry Solter, her husband, at IMP in Fort Lee, New Jersey. At a time when screen actors worked anonymously, Baggot and Lawrence became the first "movie stars" to be given billing, a marquee, and promotion in advertising. Baggot starred in at least 42 movies opposite Lawrence from 1909 to 1911. In the latter year, he starred in at least 16 movies with Mary Pickford. He also began writing screenplays and directing, all the while becoming a major star internationally. When he appeared "in person" at theatres he was mobbed at stage doors. By 1912, he was so famous that when he took the leading part in forming the prestigious Screen Club in New York, the first organization of its kind strictly for movie people, he was the natural choice for its first president. King Baggot died in Los Angeles, California in 1948, age 68. For his contributions to the film industry, Baggot received a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. His star is located at 6312 Hollywood Boulevard.

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Nov 7, 1879 In St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Love’s Strategem 1909-11-01
Latest Project:
Movie Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films 2011-04-03
Known For
Poster of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood
Poster of The Philadelphia Story
Poster of Boys Town
Poster of Love’s Strategem
Movie Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films Himself (archive footage) 2011-04-03
Movie Merton of the Movies Man in Audience (uncredited) 1947-10-11
Movie The Postman Always Rings Twice Courtroom Spectator (uncredited) 1946-05-02
Movie The Secret Heart Man at Graduation Ceremony 1946-12-25
Movie Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood Barbershop Patron (uncredited) 1945-10-05
Movie Swing Fever Nightclub Patron (uncredited) 1943-11-01
Movie Rio Rita Hotel Guest (uncredited) 1942-03-11
Movie Her Cardboard Lover Police Officer in Courtroom (uncredited) 1942-07-16
Movie Fingers at the Window Psychiatrist at Lecture 1942-04-22
Movie Jackass Mail Old Miner 1942-07-01
Movie Come Live with Me Doorman 1941-01-31
Movie Ziegfeld Girl Man in Audience (Uncredited) 1941-04-25
Movie The Big Store Store Employee (uncredited) 1941-06-20
Movie Honky Tonk Townsman 1941-10-01
Movie The Ghost Comes Home Townsman at Banquet (uncredited) 1940-03-08
Movie Bitter Sweet Cafe Patron (uncredited) 1940-11-08
Movie I Take This Woman Man in Subway 1940-02-02
Movie Gallant Sons Man on Street / Man in Audience (uncredited) 1940-11-15
Movie The Philadelphia Story Wedding Guest (uncredited) 1940-12-05
Movie The Ice Follies of 1939 Man in Audience (Uncredited) 1939-03-10
Movie Stronger Than Desire Juror (uncredited) 1939-06-30
Movie Dancing Co-Ed Man in Casting Office (uncredited) 1939-09-29
Movie Snow Gets in Your Eyes Department Store Customer (uncredited) 1938-05-14
Movie Arsène Lupin Returns Detective 1938-02-25
Movie That Mothers Might Live Passerby (uncredited) 1938-04-30
Movie Marie Antoinette Nobleman at Court (uncredited) 1938-08-26
Movie Opening Day Baseball Fan 1938-11-12
Movie Stablemates Bettor 1938-10-07
Movie Boys Town Derelict in Mission (uncredited) 1938-09-08
Movie Torture Money False Accident Witness (uncredited) 1937-01-02
Movie A Night at the Movies Movie Patron (uncredited) 1937-11-06
Movie The Adventures of Frank Merriwell Chemistry Professor 1936-01-13
Movie San Francisco Earthquake Survivor (uncredited) 1936-06-26
Movie Sworn Enemy Accident Witness 1936-09-11
Movie Mad Holiday Film Director 1936-11-13
Movie The Call of the Savage Dr. Pierce 1935-04-14
Movie Sweepstake Annie Motion Picture Studio Executive (uncredited) 1935-01-29
Movie Chinatown Squad Patrol Wagon Guard 1935-05-31
Movie 3 Kids and a Queen Druggist 1935-10-21
Movie Beloved Second Doctor 1934-01-22
Movie The Red Rider Townsman 1934-07-16
Movie Romance in the Rain Milton McGillicuddy 1934-08-13
Movie Police Court Harry Field 1932-02-19
Movie Girl of the Rio Maitre d'hotel, Purple Pigeon Cafe 1932-01-15
Movie What Price Hollywood? Department Head (uncredited) 1932-06-24
Movie Afraid to Talk Police Officer (uncredited) 1932-12-01
Movie The Death Kiss Al Payne 1932-12-05
Movie The Bad Sister Policeman on Street (uncredited) 1931-03-29
Movie Sweepstakes Mike - Weber's Trainer 1931-07-10
Movie Graft Ship's Captain 1931-09-21
Movie The Czar of Broadway Unknown 1930-05-25
Movie The Thrill Chaser Himself - Cameo 1923-11-26
Movie The Girl in the Taxi Maj. Frederick Smith 1921-04-01
Movie The Eagle's Eye Unknown 1918-03-27
Movie Half a Rogue Unknown 1916-05-22
Movie Absinthe Unknown 1914-01-22
Movie The Great Universal Mystery Himself 1914-07-10
Movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Hyde 1913-03-06
Movie Ivanhoe Wilfred of Ivanhoe 1913-09-22
Movie A Cave Man Wooing George - the 'Sissy' Hero 1912-05-19
Movie Up Against It Amos Bentley 1912-05-31
Movie While There is hope, There is Life Alfred King 1911-04-24
Movie Second Sight Tom Mooreland 1911-05-01
Movie The Temptress Gilbert Irving 1911-05-04
Movie Sweet Memories Edward Jackson 1911-03-27
Movie The Fair Dentist Dental Patient 1911-05-08
Movie At the Duke's Command Edward, the Duke's Nephew 1911-02-16
Movie Pictureland Pablo 1911-02-20
Movie Tracked Roger Densmore 1911-03-06
Movie The Secret of the Palm Cecil Abbott 1911-03-13
Movie The Mirror Unknown 1911-02-09
Movie The Better Way Louis Perry - a Reformed Crook 1911-10-12
Movie Over the Hills Unknown 1911-11-30
Movie The Master and the Man Basil King 1911-05-15
Movie The Call of the Song Hugh Norton 1911-08-13
Movie The Rose's Story Gerald Kinney 1911-10-02
Movie Science Dr. Crawford 1911-07-24
Movie In the Sultan's Garden Lt. Robbins 1911-07-03
Movie For the Queen's Honor The King 1911-07-06
Movie At a Quarter of Two Dan Nolan - the Burglar 1911-07-13
Movie The Maelstrom Unknown 1910-04-21
Movie The New Shawl Jacques 1910-04-28
Movie The Doctor's Perfidy Unknown 1910-05-16
Movie His Second Wife Unknown 1910-04-07
Movie Two Men The Tenderfoot 1910-05-02
Movie The Right of Love Unknown 1910-01-10
Movie The Eternal Triangle The Dashing Young Count 1910-05-23
Movie The Winning Punch Unknown 1910-01-03
Movie The Blind Man’s Tact Unknown 1910-02-14
Movie Jane and the Stranger The Stranger 1910-02-21
Movie Transfusion Unknown 1910-03-28
Movie The Miser’s Daughter Unknown 1910-04-04
Movie Old Heads and Young Hearts Unknown 1910-07-11
Movie Debt Unknown 1910-09-19
Movie Pressed Roses Unknown 1910-09-26
Movie All the World’s a Stage Unknown 1910-10-03
Movie The Count of Montebello Percy 1910-10-24
Movie A Reno Romance Jack 1910-05-30
Movie The Taming of Jane Unknown 1910-08-21
Movie A Game for Two Clark, the Best Friend 1910-06-30
Movie Once Upon a Time Unknown 1910-08-08
Movie The Call of the Circus Unknown 1910-07-07
Movie Bear Ye One Another’s Burdens George Rand 1910-07-28
Movie The Irony of Fate Unknown 1910-08-01
Movie Love’s Strategem The Boy 1909-11-01
Movie The Awakening of Bess Bess' Sweetheart 1909-12-27