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  • Frank Keenan (1858 - 1921)
    Frank Keenan (April 8, 1858 – February 24, 1929) was an American stage and film actor and stage director and manager during the silent film era. He was among the first stage actors to star in ...
  • Louise Brooks (1906 - 1985)
    Mary Louise Brooks (November 14, 1906 – August 8, 1985), generally known by her stage name Louise Brooks, was an American dancer, model, showgirl and silent film actress, noted for popularizing ...
  • Kathlyn Williams (1879 - 1960)
    Kathlyn Williams (May 31, 1879 – September 23, 1960) was an American actress, known for her blonde beauty and daring antics, who performed on stage as well as in early silent film. Partial f...
  • Charles Eyton (1871 - 1941)
    Charles Eyton (New Zealand, 24 June 1871 – Hollywood, 2 July 1941) was an actor-producer who became general manager of Famous Players-Lasky Corporation (a Paramount Pictures subsidiary) during...
  • Bessie Eyton (1890 - 1965)
    Bessie Eyton (July 5, 1890 – January 22, 1965) was an American actress of the silent era. Selected filmography

People who have made significant contribution to silent films: actors, directors, writers, etc.

Top grossing silent films in the United States as calculated by Variety magazine in 1932. The dollar amounts are not adjusted for inflation.

  1. The Birth of a Nation (1915) - $10,000,000
  2. The Big Parade (1925) - $6,400,000
  3. Ben-Hur (1925) - $5,500,000
  4. Way Down East (1920) - $5,000,000
  5. The Gold Rush (1925) - $4,250,000
  6. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) - $4,000,000
  7. The Circus (1928) - $3,800,000
  8. The Covered Wagon (1923) - $3,800,000
  9. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) - $3,500,000
  10. The Ten Commandments (1923) - $3,400,000
  11. Orphans of the Storm (1921) - $3,000,000
  12. For Heaven's Sake (1926) - $2,600,000
  13. Seventh Heaven (1926) - $2,400,000
  14. Abie's Irish Rose (1928) - $1,500,000

Actors

  • Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody
  • Lew Cody
  • Douglas Fairbanks Sr.
  • William S. Hart
  • Harry Cary Sr.
  • Victoria Forde
  • D.W. Griffith
  • Buster Keaton
  • Edith McAlpin
  • Tom Mix
  • Mabel Normand
  • Mary Pickford

Directors

  • Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
  • William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody
  • Charley Chaplin
  • Cecil B.DeMille
  • D.W. Griffith
  • William S. Hart
  • Samuel Goldwyn
  • Mabel Normand
  • Hal Roach
  • Mack Sennett

Writers