Joseph J. Dowling
Joseph J. Dowling
Dowling in a scene from the lost film The Miracle Man.
Joseph Johnson Dowling
September 4, 1850
|Died||July 8, 1928 (aged 77)|
Sarah Ann Hassen (m. 1882–1893)
Myra L. Davis (m.?–1928)
Joseph Johnson Dowling (September 4, 1850 – July 8, 1928) was an American stage and silent film actor.
Early life and career
Born in Pittsburgh, the son of James and Fredericka (nee Edstrem) Dowling. His father was a native of Pennsylvania while his mother immigrated from Sweden. He had two siblings, Laura and James, both of whom predeceased Dowling.
As a young boy, Dowling served as a drummer in Company G of the 29th Iowa Infantry during the Civil War.
Dowling began his career on the stage and in vaudeville before he made his film debut in 1913 in Sleuthing. He later appeared in many films with Charles Ray (with whom he appeared in five other features) and William S. Hart. He is best remembered for playing the Patriarch, one of four main characters, in the now lost film The Miracle Man (1919). Dowling continued to appear in major Hollywood silent productions including Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921) with Mary Pickford, Quincy Adams Sawyer (1922) with Lon Chaney and Blanche Sweet, The Christian (1923) with Richard Dix and Mae Busch, One Night in Rome with Laurette Taylor and the Victor Fleming directed Lord Jim (1925).
Dowling was married twice. His first marriage was to actress Sarah J. "Sadie" Hassen (née Berry) born on May 29, 1853. The couple performed together in the play Nobody's Claim, which was written specifically for them by Edwin A. Locke. The play was a hit and the two traveled around the United States performing it. They eventually settled in Mount Clemens, Michigan in 1886. They had a son, Joseph F., in September 1890, and divorced in 1893. He later married actress Myra L. Davis to whom he remained married until his death.
- The Bargain (1914)
- The Beckoning Flame (1915)
- The Stepping Stone (1916)
- Somewhere in France (1916)
- The Gunfighter (1917)
- The Pinch Hitter (1917)
- Alimony (1917)
- Madam Who? (1918)
- A Man's Man (1918)
- Blindfolded (1918)
- A Little Sister of Everybody (1918)
- The Bells (1918)
- All of a Sudden Norma (1919)
- Adele (1919)
- The Miracle Man (1919)
- Her Purchase Price (1919)
- The False Code (1919)
- The Master Man (1919)
- Big Happiness (1920)
- Everybody's Sweetheart (1920)
- A Splendid Hazard (1920)
- The Grim Comedian (1921)
- The Pride of Palomar (1922)
- The Christian (1923)
- Tiger Rose (1923)
- Enemies of Children (1923)
- The Courtship of Miles Standish (1923)
- The Gaiety Girl (1924)
- Women Who Give (1924)
- Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1924)
- One Night in Rome (1924)
- Her Night of Romance (1924)
- New Lives for Old (1925)
- Flower of the Night (1925)
- Confessions of a Queen (1925)
- Lord Jim (1925)
- Why Girls Go Back Home (1926)
- Eldredge, Robert F. (1905). Past and Present Of Macomb County, Michigan. p. 524.
- National Archives and Records Admin. publication T289, Pension Applications for Service in the US Army between 1861 and 1916
- Soister, John T. (2012). American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913–1929. McFarland. p. 398. ISBN 0-786-48790-9.
- Larsen, Deborah J. (2012). Legendary Locals of Mount Clemens: Michigan. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 79–80. ISBN 1-467-10012-9.
- "Joseph J. Dowling, Veteran Actor, Dies in California". Chicago Daily Tribune. July 9, 1928. p. 1.
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