James F. Neill
|Born||September 29, 1860|
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
|Died||March 16, 1931 (aged 70)|
Glendale, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Bonaventure Cemetery|
Annie Helen Blancke
(m. 1886; div. 1894)
Graduated from the University of Georgia in 1832, James Neill immediately embarked on a theatrical career which spanned nearly fifty years with stage appearances in every state in the Union, the territories (including Hawaii), and the provinces of Canada, in addition to film appearances in the studios of many of the major early Hollywood producers.
"The occasion of spring vacation during his senior year at the University of Georgia was marked by the first amateur theatrical appearance of young James F. Neill. The April 11, 1832, program for the Savannah Theatre included a listing of the Veteran Guard Cadets, a 'military drill team and chorus,' as part of the evening’s entertainment provided by the Ford Dramatic Amateur Society. Neill listed this as his 'first appearance on any stage, as one of the...Cadets.'"
"At the end of the 1884-85 season, Neill returned to Savannah with a play he had written and he persuaded J. C. Shaw, of what was now called the Ford Dramatic Association, to produce the new work as part of the seventh annual summer season of the group. On the evening of June 18, 1885, the Savannah Theatre was the locale for the first performance on any stage of Mr. James Neill’s romantic four-act drama -- Chip Redmond: or the Moonshine Maid."
James Neill was fifty-three years old when he appeared in his first Hollywood film, The Passerby, in 1913.
His second wife, and frequent costar on stage and screen, was Edythe Chapman.
- Red Margaret, Moonshiner (1913)
- Bloodhounds of the North (1913)
- The Heart of a Cracksman (1913)
- The Lie (1914)
- The Honor of the Mounted (1914)
- Discord and Harmony (1914)
- The Man on the Box (1914)
- Richelieu (1914)
- The Man from Home (1914)
- Rose of the Rancho (1914)
- The Goose Girl (1915)
- After Five (1915)
- The Warrens of Virginia (1915)
- The Woman (1915)
- The Cheat (1915)
- The Ragamuffin (1916)
- Maria Rosa (1916)
- The Dream Girl (1916)
- The House with the Golden Windows (1916)
- Oliver Twist (1916)
- Joan the Woman (1917)
- The Devil-Stone (1917)
- Jules of the Strong Heart (1918)
- The Whispering Chorus (1918)
- Say! Young Fellow (1918)
- We Can't Have Everything (1918)
- Women's Weapons (1918)
- The Way of a Man with a Maid (1918)
- Don't Change Your Husband (1919)
- Men, Women, and Money (1919)
- Her Kingdom of Dreams (1919)
- Everywoman (1919)
- The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (1920)
- The Paliser Case (1920)
- A Double-Dyed Deceiver (1920)
- Stop Thief! (1920)
- A Voice in the Dark (1921)
- Bits of Life (1921)
- Dangerous Curve Ahead (1921)
- Her Husband's Trademark (1922)
- Saturday Night (1922)
- The Heart Specialist (1922)
- Our Leading Citizen (1922)
- Manslaughter (1922)
- The World's Applause (1923)
- The Lonely Road (1923)
- The Ten Commandments (1923) – Aaron
- The Thrill Chaser (1923)
- New Brooms (1925)
- The Crimson Runner (1925)
- Thank You (1925)
- A Desperate Moment (1926)
- The King of Kings (1927)
- Three-Ring Marriage (1928)
- The Border Patrol (1928)
- The Idle Rich (1929)
- Shooting Straight (1930)
- Katchmer, George A. (May 20, 2015). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. ISBN 9781476609058 – via Google Books.
- Zucchero, William Henry (1964). The Contributions of James F. Neill to the Development of the Modern American Theatrical Stock Company. The Ohio State University, Ph.D., Speech—Theater. pp. 86–88.
- Zucchero, William Henry (1964). The Contributions of James F. Neill to the Development of the Modern American Theatrical Stock Company. The Ohio State University, Ph.D., Speech—Theater. p. 95.
- Zucchero, William Henry (1964). The Contributions of James F. Neill to the Development of the Modern American Theatrical Stock Company. The Ohio State University, Ph.D., Speech—Theater. p. 107.
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