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Profiles

  • Muriel Virginia Dow (1906 - 2001)
  • Kathryn Cochran Cravens (1898 - 1991)
    Kathryn Cochran Cravens, radio personality and actress, was born in Burkett, Texas, on October 27, 1898, the daughter of John Calvin and Rose Ann (Hudson) Cochran. Her father was a rural physician in C...
  • William S. Hart (1864 - 1946)
    Surrey Hart (December 6, 1864 – June 23, 1946) was an American silent film actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He is remembered for having "imbued all of his characters with honor and integrity...
  • Effie Shannon (1867 - 1954)
    Effie Shannon (May 13, 1867 – July 24, 1954) was an American stage and silent screen actress. Biography Shannon had a 60-year career as starring performer and later character actress. She began ...
  • Wanda Wiley (1902 - 1987)
    Wanda Wiley was born on April 20, 1902 in New Boston, Texas, USA as Roberta Prestina Wiley. She was a silent film star, known for Jane's Inheritance (1926), Thanks for the Boat Ride (1927) and Jane's E...

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