~Raymond Griffith~

Born: January 23, 1895 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: November 25, 1957 in Masquers Club, Los Angeles, California, USA
~Biography~
Born into a theatrical family, American actor Raymond Griffith was trained from an early age in the
exacting art of pantomime. His ability to convey thoughts and emotions physically came in handy
when Griffith went to work in silent pictures in 1914. After an apprenticeship at Vitagraph, Griffith
became a staff writer and lead comic at Keystone Studios; his early buffoon roles bear little
resemblance to his sleek, sophisticated characterizations of the 1920s. Signed as a supporting actor
by Paramount, Griffith gained critical attention by stealing scenes in a series of wry social comedies.
While everyone around him concerned themselves with the plotline, the mustachioed, tuxedoed
Griffith would sit in a corner, react coolly and agreeably to the events, and then drink another
cocktail. Promoted to leading roles, Griffith further developed his implacable, nonchalant
characterization in such comedies as Paths to Paradise (1926). Hands Up (1927) is considered
Griffith's masterpiece; as a dapper Civil War spy, he responds to the most horrendous of dangers as
if calmly ordering breakfast. Offscreen Griffith's take-charge attitude served him well when he
became a producer at Warner Bros. and 20th Century-Fox in the 1930s. Griffith was forced to switch
from acting to producing in the sound era because he literally had no voice: as a result of straining
his vocal chords in childhood, Griffith could barely manage a hoarse whisper. But before retiring
from acting, Raymond Griffith was assigned his most famous (albeit uncredited) screen role, as the
bayonetted French soldier in All Quiet on the Western Front, whose facial features freeze into a
hauntingly quizzical death mask.

Biography by Hal Erickson, Allmovie.com
~Filmography~
~Actor~

Trent's Last Case (1929) .... Philip Trent
Time to Love (1927) .... Alfred Sava-Goiu
Wedding Bill$ (1927) .... Algernon Schuyler Van Twidder
You'd Be Surprised (1926) .... The Coroner
Wet Paint (1926) .... He
Hands Up! (1926) .... Jack, a Confederate Spy
The Waiter from the Ritz (1926)
A Regular Fellow (1925) .... The Prince ... Movie Still Code: 815-X
Fine Clothes (1925) .... Oscar
Paths to Paradise (1925) .... The Dude from Duluth
The Night Club (1925) .... Robert White
... aka After Five (USA)
Forty Winks (1925)
Miss Bluebeard (1925) .... The Honorable Bertie Bird
When Winter Went (1925) .... Bookworm
Open All Night (1924) .... Igor
... aka One Parisian Night (UK)
Lily of the Dust (1924) .... Karl Dehnecke
... aka The Song of Songs (Australia)
Changing Husbands (1924) .... Bob Hamilton
Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model (1924) .... Shorty Burchell
The Dawn of a Tomorrow (1924) .... The Dandy
Poisoned Paradise (1924) .... Martel
... aka Poisoned Paradise: The Forbidden Story of Monte Carlo (USA)
... aka The Forbidden Story of Monte Carlo
Souls for Sale (1923) .... Himself - Celebrity Actor
White Tiger (1923) .... Roy Donovan
The Day of Faith (1923) .... Tom Barnett
The Eternal Three (1923) .... Leonard Foster
Red Lights (1923) .... Sheridan Scott
Minnie (1922) .... Chewing Gum Salesman
Fools First (1922) .... Tony
The Crossroads of New York (1922) .... Wall Street 'Wolf'
Love, Honor and Behave! (1920) .... Man with Married Girlfriend

The Follies Girl (1919) .... Fredric
The Village Chestnut (1918)
Their Neighbor's Baby (1918) (as Ray Griffith)
Mud (1918) (as Ray Griffith)
His Double Life (1918) (as Ray Griffith) .... Father
Ruined by a Dumbwaiter (1918) (as Ray Griffith)
The Red-Haired Cupid (1918) (as Ray Griffith) .... Albert Jones
... aka The Red-Headed Cupid (USA: review title)
A Counterfeit Scent (1917) (as Ray Griffith)
False to the Finish (1917) (as Ray Griffith) .... Shop owner
His Busy Day (1917) (as Ray Griffith)
Half and Half (1917)
Caught in the End (1917/I) (as Ray Griffith) .... Husband
His Foothill Folly (1917) .... Corn Doctor
Props, Drops and Flops (1917)
His Hidden Talent (1917) (as Ray Griffith) .... Peculiar Fellow
His Fatal Move (1917) (as Ray Griffith) .... Husband
His Thankless Job (1917) (as Ray Griffith) .... Unemployed man
His Speedy Finish (1917) (as Ray Griffith) .... Cop
His Social Rise (1917) (as Ray Griffith) .... Out-of-work butler
A Royal Rogue (1917) (as Ray Griffith) .... False duke
An Aerial Joy Ride (1917) (as Ray Griffith) .... Foolish Crook
A Scoundrel's Toll (1916) (as Ray Griffith) .... Inventor
The Surf Girl (1916) .... His assistant
How Stars Are Made (1916)
A Busted Honeymoon (1916) (as Ray Griffith) .... The Groom
The Great Smash (1916) (as Ray Griffith) .... John D. Rock, Jr.
A Dash of Courage (1916) (as Ray Griffith) .... Policeman
The Bankruptcy of Boggs and Schultz (1916) (as Ray Griffith) .... Mr. Boggs
A Bath House Blunder (1916) (as Ray Griffith)
Blue Blood But Black Skin (1916) (as Ray Griffith) .... Northern Stranger
Elevating Father (1916) (as Ray Griffith) .... Boy
A September Mourning (1916) (as Ray Griffith) .... Artist
Cupid at the Polo Game (1916) (as Ray Griffith) .... Champion
Mr. McIdiot's Assassination (1916) (as Ray Griffith) .... Mr. McIdiot
Billie's Reformation (1916) (as Ray Griffith)
A Scandal at Sea (1915) (as Ray Griffith) .... Masher
Blackmail in a Hospital (1915) (as Ray Griffith) .... Cookie
A Saphead's Revenge (1915) (as Ray Griffith) .... Dancing Master
Ready for Reno (1915) (as Ray Griffith) .... Husband Number 1
Tears and Sunshine (1915) (as Ray Griffith) .... Son
Under New Management (1915) (as Ray Griffith) .... Ray, a clerk
Scandal in the Family (1915) (as Ray Griffith)
Gertie's Joy Ride (1915)

~Writer~

Never Say Die (1924) - story
The Yankee Consul (1924) - adaptation
Going Up (1923) - writer
The Crossroads of New York (1922) - writer
A Small Town Idol (1921) - writer
Down on the Farm (1920/I) - writer
The Star Boarder (1920) - uncredited

His Foothill Folly (1917) - scenario
A Royal Rogue (1917) - story

~Director~

The Ship That Was Sent Off to Mars (1921)

The Village Chestnut (1918)
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