McIntosh in Trilby (1905)
August 21, 1862|
Wellsville, Ohio, USA
|Died||April 28, 1942
Hollywood, California, USA
William Burr McIntosh (21 August 1862 – 28 April 1942) had an eclectic career. He was known, at different points in his life, to be a lecturer, photographer, movie studio owner, silent film actor, author, publisher of Burr McIntosh Monthly, reporter and a pioneer in the early film and radio business.
Life and career
He was born in Wellsville, Ohio, the son of William Ambrose and Minerva McIntosh. His father was the president of a public utility, New York and Cleveland Gas Coal Company, and a member of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club. The club's activities were blamed (but the members were not held legally responsible) for the failure of the South Fork Dam, which caused the Johnstown Flood in 1889 that resulted in the loss of over 2,200 lives in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. His sister Nancy McIntosh, an operatic soprano, was the protege, adopted daughter and heiress to the estate and royalties of W. S. Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan.
He began as a stage actor and then moved into silent films. His most enduring role was Squire Bartlett, who banished the character played by Lillian Gish from his home and into the cold Maine winter in D.W. Griffith's classic film, Way Down East (1920). Miss Gish described McIntosh as a gentle giant, "always apologizing for having to treat me so cruelly…". He appeared in 53 films between 1914 and 1934.
- The New Adventures of J. Rufus Wallingford (1915)
- Way Down East (1920)
- The Exciters (1923)
- Restless Wives (1924)
- The Green Archer (1925)
- The Golden Stallion (1927)
- Breakfast at Sunrise (1927)
- The Grip of the Yukon (1928)
- The Adorable Cheat (1928)
- The Richest Girl in the World (1934)
- Burr McIntosh at the Internet Movie Database
- Burr McIntosh at the Internet Broadway Database
- "Burr McIntosh". Find a Grave. Retrieved August 10, 2010.