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Raymond Griffith

From Wikipedia Raymond Griffith (January 23, 1895 – November 25, 1957) was one of the great silent movie comedians. Later in his career, he worked behind the camera as writer and producer. Griffith was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He lost his voice at an early age, causing him to speak for the rest of his life in a hoarse whisper. Griffith claimed that it was the result of his having to scream at the top of his lungs every night in a stage melodrama as a child actor—others have stated that a childhood disease was more likely the cause. Although a few comedy films of his are considered classics, Griffith is almost totally forgotten today. His film debut was for the L-KO Kompany. Many of his starring feature films have long since been lost, but probably the best known of his films today is Hands Up! (1926), a Civil War comedy feature directed by Clarence G. Badger, and co-starring Mack Swain, which was entered into the National Film Registry in 2005. Also considered a classic is Badger's Paths to Paradise, a caper film that is in all circulating prints missing its final reel. Like many silent comedians, he had a traditional costume; his was a top hat, white tie and tails, often augmented by a cape and/or walking stick. The coming of sound ended Griffith's acting career, but he did have one memorable role in a motion picture before retiring from the screen, playing a French soldier killed by Lew Ayres in the 1930 Lewis Milestone film All Quiet on the Western Front. He then segued into a writing/producing career at Twentieth Century Fox. Griffith choked to death at the Masquers Club in Los Angeles, California, aged 62, on November 25, 1957.

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Jan 23, 1895 In Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
Movie All Quiet on the Western Front 1930-04-29
Latest Project:
In the movie Under New Management 1915-10-13
Known For
Poster of Hands Up!
Poster of His Foothill Folly
Poster of The Surf Girl
Poster of How Stars are Made
Movie All Quiet on the Western Front GĂ©rard Duval (uncredited)
Movie The Sleeping Porch Unknown
Movie Trent's Last Case Philip Trent
Movie Time to Love Unknown
Movie You'd Be Surprised Mr. Green - The Coroner
Movie Hands Up! Jack
Movie He's a Prince! Prince
Movie Fine Clothes Oscar
Movie Paths to Paradise The Dude from Duluth
Movie The Night Club Robert White
Movie Forty Winks
Movie Miss Bluebeard Bertie Bird
Movie Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model Shorty Burchell
Movie Poisoned Paradise Martel
Movie Lily of the Dust Karl Dehnecke
Movie Changing Husbands Bob Hamilton
Movie Open All Night Igor
Movie White Tiger Roy Donovan
Movie The Day of Faith Tom Barnett
Movie The Eternal Three Leonard Foster
Movie Souls for Sale Himself - Celebrity Actor
Movie His Foothill Folly The Corn Doctor
Movie A Scoundrel's Toll Victor Edison - the Inventor
Movie The Surf Girl The Assistant Lifeguard
Movie How Stars are Made The Janitor
Movie Under New Management Ray - the 1st Clerk