Swickard in 1921
|Born||Peter Josef Schwickerath
June 26, 1866
|Died||February 29, 1940
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
|Other names||Joe Swickard
Swickard emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1882. He was a stage actor several years before entering films with D.W. Griffith in 1912 and by 1914 was playing supporting roles for Mack Sennett. He appeared in Charles Chaplin's Laughing Gas and Caught in a Cabaret. He remained with Sennett until 1917, when he settled into his prolific career of playing mostly aristocratic characters. Modern audiences are perhaps most familiar with his role of Marcelo Desnoyers, the well-intentioned but impractical French upper class father in Rex Ingram's 1921 film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. His career in sound films was somewhat limited and he played in low-budget and action serial type films. He played the villainous Prime Minister Kruel in the 1925 film version of The Wizard of Oz.
Family & Death
Swickard was the brother of actor Charles Swickard, and the former husband of Broadway actress Margaret Campbell, who on June 27, 1939 was brutally murdered by her adult son from a previous marriage, Campbell McDonald. Nearly seven months to-the-day after his ex-wife's murder, Swickard died on February 29, 1940. He was 73.
Swickard was buried under a simple headstone at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
- Wollstein, Hans J. "Josef Swickard: Biography". allmovie.com. Retrieved 2008-07-16.
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