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Wilfred Lucas
Wilfred Lucas
(January 30, 1871 – December 13, 1940) was a Canadian-born American stage actor who found success in film as an actor, director, and screenwriter.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Partial filmography 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Wilfred Van Norman Lucas was born in Norfolk County, Ontario
Norfolk County, Ontario
on January 30, 1871,[1][2] most likely in the township of Townsend where at the time his father served as a Wesleyan Methodist minister. He was the youngest of three sons to be raised by Daniel Lucas and the former E. Adeline Reynolds,[3] in Townsend and later Montreal, Quebec.[4] Lucas attended the High School of Montreal
High School of Montreal
and McGill University[5] before immigrating to America in the late 1880s. His early career there was that of a baritone singer performing at church functions and at small venues.[6] Career[edit] Wilfred Lucas
Wilfred Lucas
eventually made a name for himself performing in light and grand opera in America and abroad.[5] He made his Broadway debut on April 4, 1904, at the Savoy Theater playing in both the curtain raiser "The Blue Grass Handicap" and The Superstition of Sue in which he played Sue’s brother, Percy Flage. Following his 1906 role in the highly successful play The Chorus Lady,[7] Lucas was recruited to the fledgling Biograph Studios
Biograph Studios
by D. W. Griffith. At the time, the film business was still looked down upon by many members of the theatrical community. In her 1925 book titled When the Movies Were Young, Griffith's wife, actress Linda Arvidson, told the story of the early days at Biograph Studios. In it, she referred to Lucas as the "first real grand actor, democratic enough to work in Biograph movies." [8] In 1908 Lucas made his motion picture debut in Griffith's The Greaser's Gauntlet, appearing in more than 50 of these short (usually 17 minutes) films over the next two years. In 1910 while still acting, he wrote the script for Griffith's film Sunshine Sue, which was followed by many more scripts by 1924. Lucas also began directing in 1912 with Griffith on An Outcast Among Outcasts, and directed another 44 films over the next 20 years. In early 1916 he starred as John Carter in Acquitted, about which Photoplay
wrote, “No single performance in the records of active photography has surpassed his visualization of the humble book-keeper in “Acquitted”.[9] Later in 1916 he appeared in D.W. Griffith’s film Intolerance. Part of the group of Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood, Lucas became friends and sometimes starred with Mary Pickford, Sam De Grasse, and Marie Dressler. Canadian-born director Mack Sennett
Mack Sennett
hired him to both direct and act in a large number of films at his Keystone Studios. Wilfred Lucas
Wilfred Lucas
made the successful transition from silent film to sound. While working in Hollywood, in 1926 he returned to the stage, performing in several Broadway plays. He later appeared as a foil for Laurel and Hardy
Laurel and Hardy
in their feature films Pardon Us
Pardon Us
and A Chump at Oxford. During his long career, Wilfred Lucas
Wilfred Lucas
appeared in more than 375 films. Although for a time he was cast in leading roles, he became very successful as secondary and minor characters, making a good living in the film industry for more than three decades. Personal life[edit] On October 10, 1898, Lucas, by then a member of a stock company headed by actor James Durkin, wed fellow cast member Louise Perine at Elmira, New York.[10] The couple went on to have two sons, Wilfred "Irving" Lucas, Kirke LaShelle Lucas, and one daughter, Alice Van Norman Lucas, before their divorce sometime before 1910. Five years after he married Louise, Lucas became an American citizen at a ceremony held in San Bernardino, California.[2] While working at Biograph Studios, Wilfred Lucas
Wilfred Lucas
met and ultimately married actress/screenwriter Bess Meredyth
Bess Meredyth
(1890–1969) with whom he had a son. John Meredyth Lucas (1919–2002) became a successful writer and director including a number of episodes of Mannix and Star Trek. John Lucas wrote about his sometimes strained relationship with his father after his parents divorced in his book Eighty Odd years in Hollywood: Memoir of a Career in Film and Television (2004)[11] Death[edit] Wilfred Lucas
Wilfred Lucas
died on December 13, 1940, at Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and was interred at the Chapel of the Pines Crematory[12][13] Partial filmography[edit]

The Greaser's Gauntlet (1908) The Girl and the Outlaw (1908) Ingomar, the Barbarian
Ingomar, the Barbarian
(1908) The Vaquero's Vow (1908) The Honor of Thieves (1909) The Girl and Her Trust (1912) The Sands of Dee (1912) The Spanish Jade (1915) Acquitted (1916) The Wood Nymph (1916) Hell-to-Pay Austin
Hell-to-Pay Austin
(1916) Her Excellency, the Governor (1917) A Woman of Pleasure
A Woman of Pleasure
(1919) Through the Back Door
Through the Back Door
(1921) One a Minute
One a Minute
(1921) The Barnstormer (1922) Flesh and Blood (1922) The Kentucky Derby (1922) Jazzmania
(1923) The Girl of the Golden West (1923) Innocence (1923) Cornered (1924) Daughters of Pleasure (1924) Easy Money (1925) Riders of the Purple Sage (1925) A Broadway Butterfly (1925) The Wife Who Wasn't Wanted (1925) How Baxter Butted In (1925) The Nest (1927) Hello Sister (1930) Cock o' the Walk (1930) Those Who Dance
Those Who Dance
(1930) Madam Satan
Madam Satan
(1930) Dishonored (1931) Pardon Us
Pardon Us
(1931) Cross-Examination (1932) The Intruder (1933) Day of Reckoning (1933) The Moth (1934) Shrimps for a Day
Shrimps for a Day
(1934) Modern Times (1936) as the Juvenile Officer Human Cargo (1936) Criminal Lawyer (1937) Racketeers in Exile (1937) Triple Justice (1940) A Chump at Oxford
A Chump at Oxford
(1940) Brother Orchid
Brother Orchid
(1940) as Brother MacDonald


^ Norman Wilfred Lucas
Wilfred Lucas
January 31, 1871 - Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913 ^ a b US Passport Application July 17, 1917 (Wilfred Lucas) ^ 1871 Canadian Census Records ^ 1881 Canadian Census Records ^ a b Wilfred Lucas
Wilfred Lucas
- Motion Picture Studio Directories, 1919 and 1921 (Ancestry.com) ^ Musical Affairs - Sunday Herald, ( Syracuse, New York) October 03, 1897 pg. 10 ^ Wilfred Lucas
Wilfred Lucas
– Internet Broadway Database ^ When the Movies were Young - By Linda A. Griffith, Linda Arvidso 1925 pg. 82 ^ Photoplay
vol. 9 December 1915 pg. 104 ^ Stage Gossip - San Antonio Light - November 13, 1898 pg. 7 ^ "Eighty Odd years in Hollywood: Memoir of a Career in Film and Television" (2004) John Meredyth Lucas pg.30-32 ^ 'Wilfred Lucas', in Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant
dated December 15, 1940 (Obituary) ^ Wilfred Lucas
Wilfred Lucas
(1871-1940) Find a Grave
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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 42051209 LCCN: n87896267 ISNI: 0000 0000 8376 3337 GND: 141832304 BNF: cb14200853v (da