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Francis X. Bushman
Francis X. Bushman

Francis Xavier Bushman (January 10, 1883August 23, 1966) was the first major male movie star, first starting in 1911 in the silent film His Friend's Wife. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Bushman, like many of his contemporaries, broke into film from stage. He was performing at Broncho Billy Anderson's Essanay Studios in Chicago, Illinois, where he was first noticed for his muscular, sculpted frame. He appeared in nearly 200 feature film roles - more than 175 films before 1920, 17 in his film debut year of 1911 alone. Image File history File links FrancisXBushman. ... Image File history File links FrancisXBushman. ... January 10 is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1883 (MDCCCLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... August 23 is the 235th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (236th in leap years), with 130 days remaining. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... A movie star is a celebrity who is well known for his or her starring, or leading, roles in motion pictures. ... 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ... A view of the Baltimore skyline from the water taxi. ... Broncho Billy Anderson (March 21, 1880 – January 20, 1971) was an American actor, writer, director, and producer, who is best-known as the first star of the Western film genre. ... Essanay Studios was a motion picture company founded in Chicago, Illinois by George K. Spoor and Bronco Billy Anderson under the name Essanay (S and A). It produced silent films with such stars as Ben Turpin, Wallace Beery, Francis X. Bushman, Gloria Swanson and Charlie Chaplin. ... Chicago, Illinois is the current Good Article Collaboration of the week! Please help take it from Good to Featured article status. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January January 7 - Forces of Russian White admiral Kolchak surrender in Krasnoyarsk. ...


In 1902, he married seamstress Josephine Fladume. By the launch of his film career, the couple had five children. In 1918, he was the subject of a huge scandal as his affair with longtime costar Beverly Bayne became a national scandal. Three days after his divorce with Josephine was final, Bushman and Bayne were married. His popularity waned when it was revealed that he was married. He was actually married four times. 1902 (MCMII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... A scandal is a widely publicized incident involving allegations of wrong-doing, disgrace, or moral outrage. ... Beverly Bayne (born Pearl Von Name 11 November 1894 in Minneapolis, Minnesota; died 18 August 1982 in Scottsdale, Arizona) was a actress who appeared in silent films beginning in 1910 in Chicago, Illinois where she worked for Essanay Studios It was there that she teamed with Francis X. Bushman whom...


His role as Messala in Ben-Hur in 1925 might have launched his career even further but for being blacklisted by Louis B. Mayer (of the then-fledgling Metro Goldwyn Mayer film studio). Film historians claim that when Mayer visited Bushman's home, Bushman's valet, unfamiliar with the studio head, refused him entrance, and this imagined insult fueled Mayer's wrath. Ben-Hur is the second silent film, and first feature-length version, based on the novel Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace. ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... A blacklist is a list or register of entities who, for one reason or another, are being denied a particular privilege, service, or mobility. ... Louis Burt Mayer (July 4, 1882 – October 29, 1957) was an early film producer, generally cited as the creator of the star system within Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in its golden years. ... Leo the Lion in the MGM logo used since 1924, although the version here (with web address) has been in use since 2001. ...


At the peak of his career, he was known as "the King of Photoplay" before that title went to Clark Gable, with whom it remains today. Edna Purviance on the cover of Photoplay magazine Photoplay was one of the first film fan magazines. ... Clark Gable with 8th AF in Britain, 1943 Clark Gable (February 1, 1901–November 16, 1960) was an American film actor and the biggest box office star of the early sound film era. ...


Long after his film career waned, Bushman made his broadcasting mark on the CBS Radio network's long-running dramatic serial entitled: "Those We Love." In the program, which ran from 1938 to 1945, Bushman played the role of John Marshall, father of the twins, played by Richard Cromwell and Nan Grey. Robert Cummings also rounded out the cast of this popular soap opera. CBS Radio Inc. ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... This is a page about the American actor Richard Cromwell. ... Cummings (left) with Grace Kelly and Ray Milland in Dial M for Murder (1954) Robert Cummings (June 10, 1908 – December 2, 1990), also known as Bob Cummings, was an American motion picture and television actor. ...


Francis X. Bushman died in Pacific Palisades, California in 1966 and was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale. In the 1960's Batman comedy series Bushman guest starred as a wealthy collector of Silent Pictures. Ironicaly this was his last appearence on film. Pacific Palisades is a district within the city of Los Angeles, California located between Brentwood to the east, Malibu to the west, Santa Monica to the southeast, the Santa Monica Bay to the southwest, and the Santa Monica Mountains to the north. ... Gates of Forest Lawn Forest Lawn Memorial Park is a cemetery in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, in the United States. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-man, and still sometimes as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ...


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