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Profiles

  • Fay Wray (1907 - 2004)
    Vina Fay Wray (September 15, 1907 – August 8, 2004) was a Canadian–American actress and the first ever scream queen. In 1928, director Erich von Stroheim cast Wray as the main female lead in his tr...
  • Virginia Rappe (1891 - 1921)
    Virginia Rappe (/rəˈpeɪ/; July 7, 1895 – September 9, 1921) was an American model and silent film actress. She worked mostly in small bit parts, and is best known for her death after attending a part...
  • Bernard Durning (1893 - 1923)
    Bernard Joseph Durning (August 24, 1893 – August 29, 1923) was an American silent film director and actor who worked primarily with Lon Chaney, Dustin Farnum, and Buck Jones. William A. Wellman was...
  • Edna Flugrath (1893 - 1966)
    Edna Flugrath (December 29, 1893 – April 6, 1966) was the eldest of three sisters who found fame as silent film stars. Early life Edna was the first born of Emil and Mary (née Dubois) Flugrath. Her...
  • Shirley Mason (1900 - 1979)
    ) Shirley Mason (born Leonie Flugrath; June 6, 1900 – July 27, 1979) was an American actress of the silent era. Biography Born to Emil and Mary (née Dubois) Flugrath, she and her two sisters Edna...

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