Don Marion Davis
|Died||December 10, 2020 (aged 103)|
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
|Occupation||Child actor of silent films, radio performer|
|Years active||1918–1925 (as a child actor)|
|Family||Billy Armstrong (uncle)|
Don Marion Davis (October 9, 1917 – December 10, 2020), professionally known as John Henry Jr. and Don Marion, was an American child actor of the silent film era, who during a brief career in show business appeared in several feature roles and comedy shorts in Hollywood screened between 1919 and 1925. He also had uncredited parts in radio. He was one of the last surviving actors who worked in the silent film era.
He was born in Hollywood, California, on October 9, 1917, to Henry G. Davis and Helen Davis. He was discovered by studio entrepreneur and director Mack Sennett while he and his mother were visiting his uncle, British-born American actor and comedian Billy Armstrong around 1919. He was visiting the set of a film when the baby who was originally cast was not performing well. Davis then replaced him successfully.
In a 1920 newspaper article, he was described as one of the most famous child actors in the world. His feature-length films included Down on the Farm (1920) and A Small Town Idol (1921). He was often cast alongside the dog Teddy, who was one of the most well-known film animals of the era. By 1921, his films reportedly had to adjust to the fact that he was continuously growing.
After leaving the entertainment industry in 1925, he attended the University of Oregon and joined the U.S. Army in 1940, shortly prior to the United States entering World War II. He was stationed in Europe during this time as an infantry officer. After the war, he remained with the American military and held various positions in different countries, such as South Africa and South Korea. He graduated from University of Arizona with a degree in Master of Public Administration.
Marion died of a brief illness at the Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona on December 10, 2020 at the age of 103.
|1919||Back to the Kitchen||The Baby|
|His Last False Step||Minor role|
|1920||The Star Boarder||The boarding house owner's son|
|Down on the Farm||The Baby|
|Let 'er Go||The country girl's little brother|
|By Golly!||Minor role|
|The Quack Doctor||The rich father's son|
|It's a Boy||The child|
|Bungalow Troubles||The son|
|1921||A Small Town Idol||Baby|
|The Unhappy Finish|
|Made in the Kitchen||The Son|
|Officer Cupid||The cook's son|
|Astray from the Steerage||The immigrant child|
|The Love Egg|
|Wanted, a Girl|
|A Rural Cinderella|
|1922||Bow Wow||The country girl's baby brother|
|1925||Percy||Percival Rogeen, as a boy|
|The Golden Princess||Tennessee Hunter (age 10)|
|The Golden Bed|
- "Amusements". Kansas City Kansan. December 27, 1921. p. 8. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
- Walker, Brent E. (2013). Mack Sennett's Fun Factory: A History and Filmography of His Studio and His Keystone and Mack Sennett Comedies, with Biographies of Players and Personnel. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786477111.
- "World Famous Youngsters in the Public Eye". The Ithaca Journal. September 9, 1920. p. 6. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
- "Among the Movie Stars". The Salina Evening Journal. January 1, 1921. p. 8. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
- "Tucson's centenarians are an optimistic, active and growing group". Tucson.com. May 5, 2017. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
- "Pima Council on Aging, TMC host Salute to Centenarians". KOLD. May 3, 2019. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
- Lentz, Harris M. (2013). Obituaries in the performing arts, 2012. McFarland (April 24, 2013). p. 183. ISBN 978-0786470631.
- "Don Davis Obituary - AZ". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved December 19, 2020 – via Legacy.com.
- John Holmstrom, The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 81.
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