~Thomas Meighan~

Born: April 9, 1879 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: July 8, 1936 in Great Neck, Long Island, New York, USA
Mature, reliable silent-film leading man Thomas Meighan attended St. Mary's College with the
intention of studying medicine. His acting career began when he was hired for Henrietta Crossman's
touring company when it played his home town of Pittsburgh. In 1900, he made his first Broadway
appearance, breaking through to stardom eight years later in George Ade's The College Widow. He
married his leading lady, Broadway favorite Blanche Ring, thereby eventually becoming the
brother-in-law of actor Charles Winninger and actress Charlotte Greenwood. He made his first film,
Dandy Donovan, the Gentleman Cracksman (1914) in London; this led to a long-term contract with
the Hollywood company which later became Paramount.

With strong leading roles in such Cecil B. DeMille productions as Male and Female (1919) and Why
Change Your Wife? (1919), Meighan became a popular Hollywood star, exuding such intangibles as
dependability and quiet courage (so many people inside the industry liked Meighan personally that
they conspired to keep secret his ongoing liquor problem). When sound came to motion pictures, the
50-year-old Meighan sensed that his popularity might wane, and he vowed to leave films before his
public tired of him. Nonetheless, he was coaxed back before the cameras for good character roles in
films like Skyline (1931) and Peck's Bad Boy (1932); he also essayed the leading role of the
thief-turned-sleuth "The Lone Wolf" in 1932's Cheaters at Play. Thomas Meighan died of pneumonia
at the age of 57.

Biography by Hal Erickson, All Movie.com
~Silent Filmography~
The Mating Call (1928) .... Leslie Hatten
The Racket (1928) .... Police Captain James McQuigg
The City Gone Wild (1927) .... John Phelan
We're All Gamblers (1927) .... Lucky Sam McCarver
Blind Alleys (1927) .... Captain Dan Kirby ... Movie Still Code: 1045-X
The Canadian (1926) .... Frank Taylor
Tin Gods (1926) .... Roger Drake
The New Klondike (1926) .... Tom Kelly
Fascinating Youth (1926) .... Himself - Thomas Meighan  
Irish Luck (1925) .... Tom Donahue/Lord Fitzhugh
The Man Who Found Himself (1925) .... Tom Macauley
Old Home Week (1925) .... Tom Clark
Coming Through (1925) .... Tom Blackford
Tongues of Flame (1924) .... Henry Harrington
The Alaskan (1924) .... Alan Holt
The Confidence Man (1924) .... Dan Corvan
Pied Piper Malone (1924) .... Jack Malone
Woman-Proof (1923) .... Tom Rockwood
Homeward Bound (1923) .... Jim Bedford
Hollywood (1923) .... Himself, Cameo appearance
The Ne'er-Do-Well (1923) .... Kirk Anthony
Back Home and Broke (1922) .... Tom Redding
The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1922) .... Burke Hammond
Manslaughter (1922) .... Daniel J. O'Bannon
If You Believe It, It's So (1922) .... Chick Harris (a crook)
Our Leading Citizen (1922) .... Daniel Bentley, lawyer
A Trip to Paramountown (1922) .... Himself
The Bachelor Daddy (1922) .... Richard Chester
Gloria Swanson and Thomas Meighan (1922)
A Prince There Was (1921) .... Charles Edward Martin
Cappy Ricks (1921) .... Matt Peasley
The Conquest of Canaan (1921) .... Joe Louden
White and Unmarried (1921) .... Billy Kane
The City of Silent Men (1921) .... Jim Montgomery
The Easy Road (1921) .... Leonard Fayne
Frontier of the Stars (1921) .... Buck Leslie
Conrad in Quest of His Youth (1920) .... Conrad Warrener
Civilian Clothes (1920) .... Capt. Sam McGinnis
The Prince Chap (1920) .... William Peyton
Why Change Your Wife? (1920) .... Robert Gordon
Male and Female (1919) .... William Crichton - The butler
The Thunderbolt (1919) .... Bruce Corbin
The Miracle Man (1919) .... Tom Burke
The Probation Wife (1919) .... Harrison Wade
The Heart of Wetona (1919) .... John Hardin
Peg o' My Heart (1919) .... Sir Gerald Adair
Norma Talmadge and Thomas Meighan in a Liberty Loan Appeal (1918)
The Forbidden City (1918) .... John Worden
Out of a Clear Sky (1918) .... Robert Lawrence
In Pursuit of Polly (1918) .... Colby Mason
Heart of the Wilds (1918) .... Sergeant Tom Gellatly
Missing (1918) .... Sir William Farrel
M'Liss (1918) .... Charles Gray
Eve's Daughter (1918) .... John Norton
Madame Jealousy (1918) .... Valour
The Land of Promise (1917) .... Frank Taylor
Arms and the Girl (1917) .... Wilfred Ferrers
The Mysterious Miss Terry (1917) .... Gordon True
Her Better Self (1917) .... Dr. Robert Keith
The Silent Partner (1917) .... Edward Royle
Sleeping Fires (1917) .... David Gray
Sapho (1917/I) .... Jean Gaussin
The Slave Market (1917) .... John Barton
The Heir to the Hoorah (1916) .... Joe Lacy
The Storm (1916) .... Robert Fielding
Common Ground (1916) .... Judge David Evans
The Dupe (1916/II) .... Jimmy Regan
The Clown (1916) .... Dick Ordway
The Sowers (1916) .... Prince Paul Alexis
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1916) .... Jack Hale
Pudd'nhead Wilson (1916) .... Chambers
The Immigrant (1915) .... David Harding
Armstrong's Wife (1915) .... David Armstrong
The Secret Sin (1915) .... Jack Herron
Blackbirds (1915) .... Jack Doggins\Hon. Nevil Trask
Out of the Darkness (1915) .... Harvey Brooks
The Fighting Hope (1915) .... Burton Temple
Kindling (1915) .... 'Honest' Heine Schultz
Danny Donovan, the Gentleman Cracksman (1914) .... Dandy Donovan, the Gentleman Cracksman