Herbert Brenon

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Herbert Brenon
Herbert Brenon, 1916
Born(1880-01-13)13 January 1880
Kingstown, Ireland
Died21 June 1958(1958-06-21) (aged 78)
Los Angeles, California
Alma materKing's College London
OccupationFilm director
Years active1911–1940
Herbert Brenon and Alla Nazimova with a camera in his studio, August 9, 1916.
Herbert Brenon reading Rupert Hughes' Empty Pockets
The mausoleum of Herbert Brenon in Woodlawn Cemetery

Herbert Brenon (13 January 1880 – 21 June 1958) born Alexander Herbert Reginald St. John Brenon was an Irish film director, actor and screenwriter during the era of silent movies through the 1930s.


He was born at 25 Crosthwaite Park, in Kingstown (now Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, to journalist, poet, and politician Edward St. John Brenon and Francis Harries.[1]

In 1882, the family moved to London, where Herbert was educated at St Paul's School and at King's College London. Before becoming a director, he performed in vaudeville acts with his wife, Helen Oberg.

Some of his more noteworthy films were the first movie adaptations of Peter Pan (1924) and Beau Geste (1926), Sorrell and Son (1927) for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director in the 1st Academy Awards, Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928) with Lon Chaney, and The Flying Squad (1940), his last.

He died in Los Angeles, California and was interred in a private mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY.[2]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "General Registrar's Office". IrishGenealogy.ie. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  2. ^ Forgotten New York

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