~Philippe De Lacy~

Born: July 25, 1917 in Nancy France
Died: July 29, 1995 in Carmel, California, USA
Arguably the silent era's most beautiful child and a forerunner in many ways of the following
decade's Freddie Bartholomew, French-born Philippe DeLacy's personal story reads like a
penny-dreadful melodrama in which he would later act: Born during World War I, the already
fatherless Philippe lost his mother and five siblings when a German shell devastated the family
home. Only two days old at the time of tragedy, the boy was kept alive, but barely, in the basement
of his grandmother's house. There, with the old woman near death, they were found by Edith
DeLacy, an American Red Cross nurse who adopted little Philippe and brought him to the United

A visit to the set of Geraldine Farrar's The Riddle: Woman (1921) led to an astonishingly potent
screen career that would last until 1930. With his wavy brown hair and aristocratic bearing, DeLacy
seems to have gotten all the breaks. Outside of the Our Gang kids, he remains perhaps the
best-remembered silent era child star, Jackie Coogan and his ilk included. Coogan, of course, has
his The Kid, but DeLacy played Mary Pickford's brother in Rosita (1923), Michael Darling in Peter
Pan (1924), the young John Barrymore in Don Juan (1926), the young Neil Hamilton in Beau Geste
(1926), the young Ramond Novarro in The Student Prince (1927), Greta Garbo's son in Love (1927),
and Garbo seems much more concerned with DeLacy's welfare than she would be with Freddie
Bartholomew's in the 1935 remake Anna Karenina.

At that certain age and perhaps a bit too ethereal for the hard-hitting early sound era, DeLacy
retired from acting in 1930 and later became an executive with the J. Walter Thompson advertising
agency. In 1955 he directed Cinerama Holiday, and later still, was the manager of a local Hollywood
television station. "The ten years I spent in movies were a wonderful experience," he would tell
show business chronicler David Ragan in the 1970s.

Biography by Hans Wollstein, Allmovie.com
The Marriage Playground (1929) .... Terry Wheater
Square Shoulders (1929) .... Eddie Cartwright
The Royal Rider (1929) .... King Michael XI
The Redeeming Sin (1929) .... Petit
4 Devils (1928) .... Adolf as a boy ... Movie Still Code: M-2-X
Mother Machree (1928) .... Brian McHugh as a child
The Broken Mask (1928) .... Pertio, as a boy
Broadway Nights (1927) ... uncredited ... Movie Still Code: P10-X
Love (1927/I) (as Philippe de Lacy) .... Serezha Karenin, Anna's Child ... Movie Still Code: 310-X
... aka Anna Karenina (UK)
The Tigress (1927) .... Pippa
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) (as Philipe de Lacy) .... Young Karl - Heir Apparent
... aka Old Heidelberg
... aka The Student Prince (UK)
The Elegy (1927)
The Magic Garden (1927) .... John Guido Forrester, as a child
The Way of All Flesh (1927) .... August, as a child
Is Zat So? (1927) .... Little Jimmy Parker
Faithful Wives (1926) .... The child
The Blue Boy (1926)
Beau Geste (1926) .... Digby (younger)
Don Juan (1926) (uncredited) .... Don Juan (at age 10)
Flesh and the Devil (1926) ... Leo as a Boy (uncredited) ...
Movie Still Code: 282-X
A Lover's Oath (1925) .... His Son
The Happy Warrior (1925) .... Ralph (at 8 years)
My Neighbor's Wife (1925) .... William Jordan Jr
Peter Pan (1924) (as Philippe deLacy) .... Michael Nicholas Darling
The Shooting of Dan McGrew (1924) .... Little Jim
Rosita (1923) .... Rosita's Brother
Divorce (1923) .... 'Dicky' Parker
Christmas (1923) (as Philip De Lacy) .... Third Child
Wasted Lives (1923) .... Bobby Adams
A Doll's House (1922) .... Ivar
Without Benefit of Clergy (1921) (uncredited) .... Tota