~George Beban Sr.~

Born: December 13, 1873 in San Francisco, CA, USA
Died: October 5, 1928 in Los Angeles, CA, USA
~Albert Witzel portraits of George Beban
Sr. and George Beban Jr.~
~Silent Filmography~
A multi-talented force in early silent films, George Beban had been a prominent minstrel performer
and appeared in vaudeville with the legendary team of Weber & Fields prior to starring in The Sign of
the Rose (1911), a highly melodramatic story of an Italian immigrant framed in the kidnapping of a
society scion. Beban, who also produced and co-wrote the play with Charles T. Dazey, and recreated
this, his most famous role, for producer Thomas H. Ince in 1915. Renamed The Alien and released by
Ince's New York Motion Picture Company, this interesting multi-media event featured Beban live on
stage, interacting with the screen presentation. So successful was this engagement that he produced
a second version under the original title in 1922, again making personal appearances wherever the
film was presented. According to the trade-paper Variety, Beban would appear after reel four,
continuing the story live on stage for about 18 minutes, after which the film version resumed for
another reel or so. Beban's live setting, a florist shop, was an exact copy of the set used in the film.
Due to the success of silent films among recent non-English speaking arrivals to the United States,
Beban, who specialized in ethnic characters, became a major star of the 1910s, almost always
portraying poor but honest immigrants who succeed despite the odds. Less busy in the more
streamlined 1920s, Beban's early death was caused by a fall from a horse. His namesake son played
bit parts in films of the 1940s.

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com

The Loves of Ricardo (1926) .... Ricardo Bitelli
The Greatest Love of All (1924) .... Joe (the iceman)
The Sign of the Rose (1922) .... Pietro Balletti
One Man in a Million (1921) .... Lupino Delchini
Hearts of Men (1919) .... Nicolo Rosetti
One More American (1918) .... Luigi Riccardo
... aka The Land of the Free (USA: informal English alternative title)
Jules of the Strong Heart (1918) .... Jules Lemaire
When It Strikes Home (1918)
Lost in Transit (1917) .... Niccolo Darini
The Cook of Canyon Camp (1917) .... Jean
A Roadside Impresario (1917) .... Giuseppe Franchini
The Marcellini Millions (1917) .... Guido Bartelli
The Bond Between (1917) .... Pierre Duvl
His Sweetheart (1917) .... Joe, the Iceman
Pasquale (1916) .... Grocer
Pawn of Fate (1916) .... Pierre Dufrene
The Alien (1915) .... Pietro Massena
... aka The Sign of the Rose (USA: Los Angeles premiere title)
The Italian (1915) .... Beppo Donnetti


The Loves of Ricardo (1926)
The Greatest Love of All (1924) (story)
The Sign of the Rose (1922)
One Man in a Million (1921) (story)
A Roadside Impresario (1917) (story)
The Marcellini Millions (1917)
The Bond Between (1917)
His Sweetheart (1917) (screenplay) (story)
Pasquale (1916) (story)
Pawn of Fate (1916) (story)
The Alien (1915) (play)
... aka "The Sign of the Rose" - USA (Los Angeles première title)


The Loves of Ricardo (1926)
The Greatest Love of All (1924)
One Man in a Million (1921)
Hearts of Men (1919)


The Loves of Ricardo (1926) (producer)
The Greatest Love of All (1924) (producer)
Hearts of Men (1919) (producer)


The Loves of Ricardo (1926)

~Miscellaneous Crew~

The Sign of the Rose (1922) (supervisor)