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Warde in The Vicar of Wakefield (1917)
|Born||Frederick Barkham Warde
February 23, 1851
Wardington, Oxfordshire, England, U.K.
|Died||February 7, 1935
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
|Occupation||Stage and Film Actor|
In the late 1870s he partnered with his friend actor Maurice Barrymore and the two agreed to tour plays around the United States. Warde would have one section of the country while Barrymore and his company toured the other. For a time the venture was very successful.
Warde had two notable film achievements, one being the "discovery" of Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and persuading him to move from Denver to join Warde's New York City actors troupe. Fairbanks then made his Broadway debut in 1902.
The second achievement was as the star of Richard III (1912), based on the play by William Shakespeare. This 55-minute film was re-discovered in 1996 by a private film collector who donated it to the American Film Institute archive. The film is thought to be the earliest surviving American feature film. In 1916 Warde filmed another Shakespearean tragedy, King Lear, for the Thanhouser company. This film also exists. In 1917 he appeared in a Pathe film Under False Colors with an up-and-coming beauty named Jeanne Eagels. Another of his films was A Lover's Oath (filmed in 1921 and premiered four years later), opposite Ramon Novarro, in which he portrayed Omar Khayyám. It is regarded as a lost film.
Warde also recorded an early sound film Frederick Warde Reads Poem, A Sunset Reverie (1921) which was made using the short-lived sound-on-disc Phono-Kinema process. Though Warde lived until 1935 he saw no need to come out of retirement to appear in legitimate sound motion pictures.
- Richard III (1912)
- Silas Marner (1916)
- King Lear (1916)
- The Vicar of Wakefield (1917)
- Hinton's Double (1917)
- The Fires of Youth (1917)
- Under False Colors (1917)
- The Heart of Ezra Greer (1917)
- Rich Man, Poor Man (1918)
- The Unveiling Hand (1919)
- Frederick Warde Reads Poem, A Sunset Reverie (1921) Orlando Kellum experimental talking short
- A Lover's Oath (1925; filmed in 1921)
- King Lear silentera.com website
- PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE SILENT FILM by Daniel Blum c. 1953 pgs. 98 & 136
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- Frederick Warde: North American Theater Online biography and photos
- Warde, Frederick, The Fools of Shakespeare: An Interpretation of Their Wit, Wisdom and Personalities (New York: McBride, Nast & Company, 1913) 214 pages
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