J. Warren Kerrigan
|J. Warren Kerrigan|
|Born||George Jack Warren Kerrigan
July 28, 1879
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
|Died||June 9, 1947
Balboa Beach, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Gunshot Since Party|
|Other names||Jack Kerrigan|
|Partner(s)||James Vincent (c.1914-1947; his death)|
Early life and career
Born in New Albany, Indiana, Kerrigan worked as a warehouse clerk in his teens until a chance arrived to appear in a vaudeville production. He continued to act in traveling stock productions, though he took a brief time away from the stage to attend the University of Illinois.
By the time he was 30 years old, he had begun to make appearances in films for Essanay Studios. A contract with the American Film Corporation opened the door to leading roles, often as a modern man of the age. He starred in over 300 films up to 1924.
In May 1917, Kerrigan was nearing the end of a four-month-long personal appearance publicity tour that had taken him across the United States and into Canada. At one of the final stops, a reporter for The Denver Times asked Kerrigan if he would be joining the war. Kerrigan replied:
"I am not going to war. I will go, of course, if my country needs me, but I think that first they should take the great mass of men who aren't good for anything else, or are only good for the lower grades of work. Actors, musicians, great writers, artists of every kind--isn't it a pity when people are sacrificed who are capable of such things--of adding to the beauty of the world."
Picked up and reprinted in newspapers across the country, this statement stunned his fans and his popularity plummeted, never to fully recover. Family members later reported in Behind the Screen (2001) by William J. Mann that his slump in popularity was more due to his living with his mother and partner James Vincent in the same house, and not having a business manager to overcome the negative publicity.
However, when director James Cruze cast him as the rugged lead in The Covered Wagon (1923), Kerrigan found himself back on top, although fleetingly. In the spring of 1924, after John Barrymore bowed out, Kerrigan was assigned the starring role in Captain Blood. While the film was a moderate success, critics were unmoved and Kerrigan found himself working less and less and in smaller roles.
Personal life and death
|1913||Calamity Anne's Inheritance||The Agent|
|Calamity Anne's Vanity|
|Calamity Anne's Beauty|
|Her Big Story|
|Truth in the Wilderness|
|For the Flag|
|For the Crown|
|Calamity Anne, Heroine|
|The Restless Spirit|
|The Girl and the Greaser|
|The Tale of the Ticker|
|Back to Life||Destiny's Victim|
|Rory o' the Bogs||Rory o' the Bogs|
|1915||The Stool Pigeon||Walter Jason|
|For Cash||Arthen Owen|
|The Oyster Dredger||Jack - the Oyster Dredger|
|1923||The Covered Wagon||Will Banion|
|1924||Captain Blood||Captain Peter Blood|
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