Frank Currier

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Frank Currier
Frank Currier 1921.jpg
Currier in 1921
Born (1857-09-04)September 4, 1857
Norwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Died April 22, 1928(1928-04-22) (aged 70)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation Film and stage actor, director
Years active 1912-1928
Spouse(s) Ada Dow (?-1926) (her death)
Bryant Washburn, Guy Oliver, and Frank Currier in It Pays to Advertise (1919).

Frank Currier (September 4, 1857 – April 22, 1928) was an American film and stage actor and director of the silent era.


Currier appeared in 133 films between 1912 and 1928. He also directed 19 films in 1916. He is memorable as the Roman Admiral who adopts Judah Ben-Hur (Ramon Novarro) as his son after Ben-Hur saves his life during battle at sea in the 1925 film Ben-Hur.

Similar to Theodore Roberts, Kate Lester, Ida Waterman, and William H. Crane, Currier had a long and successful stage career in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. His youth was spent honing his stagecraft. By the time he started appearing in silent films he was in his 50s and middle-aged. Currier, like Roberts, had a distinctive grandfatherly look as he aged and was respected and beloved by film audiences.

He was born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1857 and died in Hollywood, California in 1928.

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