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Eugene O'Brien

From Wikipedia Eugene O'Brien (Birthname: Louis O'Brien b. November 14, 1880 in Boulder, Colorado – d. April 29, 1966 in Los Angeles, California) was a silent film star and stage actor. He studied medicine at the University of Colorado at Boulder but was keener on the stage than becoming a doctor. O'Brien switched to civil engineering under his family's guidance, but his heart was still set on becoming an actor. He moved to New York City and was "discovered" by theatrical impresario Charles Frohman who signed O'Brien to a three-year contract and put him in The Builder of Bridges, which opened on Broadway at the Hudson Theatre on October 26, 1909. O'Brien made his name playing opposite Ethel Barrymore, in a revival of Sir Arthur Wing Pinero's play Trelawny of the 'Wells', which opened at the Empire Theatre on New Year's Day, 1911. O'Brien's first film, Essanay Film's The Lieutenant Governor, in which he had the starring role, played in Boulder's Curran Theatre in February 1915, giving his family its first opportunity to see him act.[3][4] World Film Corp. chief executive Lewis J. Selznick made O'Brien a screen star, putting him in an adaptation of Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone. Subsequently he was leading man opposite some of the leading female stars of the day, including Mary Pickford, Norma Talmadge and Gloria Swanson and became a silent screen matinée idol. He retired from acting when the talkies came in, making his last film, Faithless Lover, in 1928 at 47 years old. For his work on movies, he received a "Star" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Nov 14, 1880 In Boulder, Colorado, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Moonstone 1915-06-21
Latest Project:
Movie Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music 2019-08-30
Known For
Poster of Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music
Poster of Flames
Poster of The Last Door
Poster of Poor Little Peppina
Movie Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music Self - European Bluegrass Music Association 2019-08-30
Movie Fine Manners Brian Alden 1926-08-29
Movie Flames Herbert Landis 1926-09-15
Movie Graustark Grenfall Lorry 1925-08-30
Movie Siege Kenyon Ruyland 1925-09-27
Movie Secrets John Carlton 1924-03-24
Movie The Only Woman Rex Herrington 1924-10-25
Movie The Voice from the Minaret Andrew Fabian 1923-01-28
Movie Channing of the Northwest Channing 1922-04-10
Movie The Last Door The Magnet 1921-05-10
Movie Clay Dollars Unknown 1921-10-19
Movie The Wonderful Chance Lord Birmingham / 'Swagger' Barlow 1920-09-27
Movie The Broken Melody Stewart Grant 1919-12-01
Movie The Ghosts of Yesterday Howard Marston 1918-01-19
Movie Little Miss Hoover Major Adam Baldwin 1918-12-29
Movie By Right of Purchase Chadwick Himes 1918-02-01
Movie De Luxe Annie Jimmy Fitzpatrick 1918-05-19
Movie Her Only Way Joseph Marshall 1918-08-18
Movie The Safety Curtain Captain Merryon 1918-07-10
Movie Poppy Sir Evelyn Carson 1917-05-04
Movie The Moth Cpt. Bridgey 1917-10-01
Movie Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Adam Ladd 1917-09-22
Movie Poor Little Peppina Hugh Carroll 1916-03-02
Movie The Scarlet Woman Unknown 1916-05-29
Movie The Rise of Susan Clavering Gordon 1916-12-18
Movie The Moonstone Unknown 1915-06-21