~James Kirkwood~

Born: February 22, 1875 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Died: August 24, 1963 in Woodland Hills, California, USA
~Biography~
Durable American actor James Kirkwood opened up his film career at the Biograph studios in 1909
and closed it out with 1962's The Ugly American. The curly-haired, dependable-looking Kirkwood
(described in an early Photoplay article as "one of those regular film 'troupers' who never fall
down") occasionally interrupted his acting career for a spot of directing; in 1912 alone, he wielded
the megaphone for nine pictures featuring Mary Pickford. Lacking the drive and organizational
skills to excel as a director, Kirkwood willingly switched back to acting full-time by 1918. His silent
film acting credits include D.W. Griffith's Home, Sweet Home (1914) and That Royale Girl (1926),
costarring with W.C. Fields in the latter picture. Among Kirkwood's talking films were Over the Hill
(1931), Charlie Chan's Chance (1933) and Joan of Arc (1949). His talkie roles frequently found
Kirkwood on the wrong side of the law, as in the Tom Mix western My Pal the King (1932), wherein
Kirkwood trapped boy-king Mickey Rooney in a rapidly flooding cellar. James Kirkwood's third wife
was actress Lila Lee; their son was James Kirkwood Jr., co-author of the Broadway long-runner A
Chorus Line.

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
~Silent Filmography~
Someone to Love (1928) .... Mr. Kendricks
Million Dollar Mystery (1927) .... James Norton
Butterflies in the Rain (1926) .... John Humphries
The Wise Guy (1926) .... Guy Watson
... aka Into the Night (UK)
... aka Wise Guy (USA)
The Reckless Lady (1926) .... Colonel Fleming
Lover's Island (1925) .... Jack Avery
That Royle Girl (1925) .... Calvin Clarke
The Police Patrol (1925) .... Officer Jim Ryan
Sally of the Sawdust (1925) (uncredited)
The Top of the World (1925) .... Guy Ranger/Burke Ranger
Secrets of the Night (1924) .... Robert Andrews
Gerald Cranston's Lady (1924) .... Gerald Cranston
The Painted Flapper (1924) .... Richard Whitney
Circe, the Enchantress (1924) .... Dr. Wesley Van Martyn  
... aka Circe
Another Man's Wife (1924) .... John Brand
Broken Barriers (1924) .... Ward Trenton
Wandering Husbands (1924) .... George Moreland
... aka Love and Lies (USA)
Love's Whirlpool (1924) .... Jim Reagan
Discontented Husbands (1924) .... Michael Frazer
Ponjola (1923) .... Lundi Druro
The Eagle's Feather (1923) .... John Trent
Human Wreckage (1923) .... Alan MacFarland
You Are Guilty (1923) .... Stephen Martin
Ebb Tide (1922) .... Robert Herrick
The Sin Flood (1922) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
Pink Gods (1922) .... John Quelch
Under Two Flags (1922) .... Cpl. Victor
The Man from Home (1922) .... Daniel Forbes Pike
The Great Impersonation (1921) .... Sir Everard Dominey/Leopold von Ragastein
A Wise Fool (1921) .... Jean Jacques Barbille
Bob Hampton of Placer (1921) .... Bob Hampton
Man-Woman-Marriage (1921) .... David Courtney
... aka Man, Woman, Marriage (copyright title)
Love (1920) .... Tom Chandler
The Branding Iron (1920) .... Pierre Landis
The Forbidden Thing (1920) .... Abel Blake
In the Heart of a Fool (1920) .... Grant Adams
The Scoffer (1920) .... Dr. Stannard Wayne
The Luck of the Irish (1920) .... William Grogan

The Lost Bridegroom (1916)
The Foundling (1916)
... aka Miss Jenny
The Heart of Jennifer (1915) .... James Murray
Little Pal (1915) (uncredited) (unconfirmed) .... Bit Role
Gambier's Advocate (1915) .... Stephen Gambier
... aka Clarissa (alternative title)
Behind the Scenes (1914) .... Steve Hunter
The Eagle's Mate (1914) .... Lancer Morne
The Soul of Honor (1914)
The Mountain Rat (1914) .... Undetermined Role
Home, Sweet Home (1914/I) .... The Mother's Son
Ashes of the Past (1914)
Strongheart (1914)
The House of Discord (1913)
A Bride from the Sea (1913)
His Vacation (1913)
The Ghost (1913/I) .... Jim
Nature's Vengeance (1913) .... Jim
In After Years (1913) .... Jim
Marooned (1913)
A Nihilist Vengeance (1913)
A Modern Witness (1913) .... Cooley the Detective
His Daughter (1913)
Sincerity (1913)
The Kidnapped Train (1913)
The Plaything (1913)
Good for Evil (1913/I)
A Fair Exchange (1913)
The Unknown (1913/III)
The Unseen Influence (1913)
Loneliness and Love (1913)
The Left-Handed Man (1913) (unconfirmed) .... The Old Soldier
The Coward's Charm (1913)
Two Lives (1913)
The Prima Donna (1913)
The New York Hat (1912) (uncredited) .... Undetermined Role
The Old Sweetheart (1912) .... The Rejected Lover
The Bridal Room (1912) .... Undetermined Role
A Country Girl (1912) .... The Temptor
Prince Charming (1912)
His Love of Children (1912)
The Duel (1912/II)
Little Red Riding Hood (1911/I)
The Courting of Mary (1911)
Love in the Hills (1911/I) (unconfirmed)
The Turning Point (1911) .... The First Husband - a Burglar
The Golden Rule (1911) .... The Best Friend
The Price of Vanity (1911)
In Flowers Paled (1911)
O'er Grim Fields Scarred (1911)
The Conflict (1911)
A Left Hook (1911) .... Algernon
Over the Shading Edge (1911) .... Henry Wyeth
In the Tepee's Light (1911)
Till Death Do Us Part (1911)
From the Valley of Shadows (1911)
The Trump Card (1911) .... George Petit - the Gambler
Three Men (1911) (unconfirmed)
The Little Avenger (1911)
For Remembrance (1911) .... The Old Cavalier
The Vows (1911)
On Kentucky Soil (1911)
The Hour of Fate (1911)
Winning Back His Love (1910)
The Thin Dark Line (1910)
Turning the Tables (1910/I)
Sunshine Sue (1910)
Where Sea and Shore Doth Meet (1910)
The Armorer's Daughter (1910)
The Gray of the Dawn (1910)
... aka In the Gray of the Dawn (USA)
The Modern Prodigal (1910)
The Call to Arms (1910)
Never Again (1910/I)
The Face at the Window (1910) .... At First Club
A Victim of Jealousy (1910) .... The Husband
The Final Settlement (1910) .... Jim
His Last Burglary (1910) .... The Burglar
One Night and Then (1910) .... At the Party
The Duke's Plan (1910) .... One of the Duke's Men
The Woman from Mellon's (1910) .... Minister
The Last Deal (1910) .... The Westerner
The Honor of His Family (1910) .... Officer
The Call (1910) .... Amos Holden
The Rocky Road (1910) .... The Best Man

The Day After (1909) .... Party Guest
To Save Her Soul (1909) .... Backstage at Debut/At Party
In Little Italy (1909) .... Sheriff
A Corner in Wheat (1909) .... Farmer
The Red Man's View (1909) .... Silver Eagle's Father, the Tribal Spokesman
Through the Breakers (1909) .... Mr. Nostrand
The Death Disc: A Story of the Cromwellian Period (1909) .... Cromwell's Advisor
... aka The Death Disc (USA: short title)
In the Window Recess (1909) .... A Convict
The Mountaineer's Honor (1909) .... The Mountain Girl's Brother
Two Women and a Man (1909) .... At Lawyer's
The Light That Came (1909)
The Restoration (1909) .... Mr. Morley
Nursing a Viper (1909) .... In Mob
The Gibson Goddess (1909) .... An Admirer
Lines of White on a Sullen Sea (1909) .... Bill
The Expiation (1909)
His Lost Love (1909) .... Luke
A Change of Heart (1909) .... The Farmer
The Little Teacher (1909) (uncredited) .... Undetermined Role
Fools of Fate (1909) .... Ben Webster
Pippa Passes; or, The Song of Conscience (1909) .... In Bar
... aka The Song of Conscience
Leather Stocking (1909) .... A Trapper
A Fair Exchange (1909) .... Silas Marner
In Old Kentucky (1909) .... Homecoming Party
The Broken Locket (1909) .... At Bar Table
Getting Even (1909) .... Jim Blake
Comata, the Sioux (1909) .... Comata, the Sioux
The Hessian Renegades (1909) .... Soldier's Family
... aka 1776
... aka 1776, or The Hessian Renegades (USA)
The Little Darling (1909) .... In Store
The Seventh Day (1909) .... Mr. Herne
Oh, Uncle! (1909) .... Zeke Wright
The Indian Runner's Romance (1909) .... Cowboy/Dying Man
His Wife's Visitor (1909) .... At Club
The Better Way (1909) .... Squire Calvin Cartwright
They Would Elope (1909) .... The Father
The Mended Lute (1909) .... Standing Rock
A Strange Meeting (1909) .... At Party
The Slave (1909) .... Alachus
A Convict's Sacrifice (1909) .... The Convict
Sweet and Twenty (1909) .... Alice's Father
Jealousy and the Man (1909) .... Jim Brooks
The Renunciation (1909) .... Joe Fielding
Tender Hearts (1909) .... A Simple Farmer Lad
The Cardinal's Conspiracy (1909) .... The Cardinal
... aka Richelieu or the Cardinal's Conspiracy
The Message (1909) .... David Williams
The Necklace (1909) .... Party Guest
The Way of Man (1909) .... The Father
The Mexican Sweethearts (1909) .... Mexican in Bar
Was Justice Served? (1909) .... George Wallace
The Faded Lilies (1909) .... The Doctor
The Lonely Villa (1909) .... Among Rescuers
The Road to the Heart (1909)
At the Altar (1909)
Edgar Allan Poe (1909)
The Heart of an Outlaw (1909) .... Husband/Outlaw
~James Kirkwood in Human Wreckage 1923~
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