Joseph Kaufman

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Joseph Kaufman
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Born 1882
Washington, D.C.
Died February 1, 1918
New York City, New York
Other names Joseph Kauffman
Occupation film director
Spouse(s) Ethel Clayton

Joseph Kaufman (1882 – February 1, 1918) was an American silent film actor and director prominent during the World War I years. He was born in Washington, D.C. and died in New York City very early on during the influenza pandemic of 1918.

His wife was silent film star Ethel Clayton. Kaufman started out as an actor appearing on Broadway in 1903 with Maude Adams in The Pretty Sister of Jose.[1] He eventually changed to acting in and then directing silent films, his output being numerous short films. As American films began to expand to feature length Kaufman followed suit and proved particularly adept and popular at directing beautiful Broadway actresses including his wife Ethel Clayton. He directed Pauline Frederick, Marguerite Clark, and Billie Burke. His last film, The Song of Songs (1918), starred Elsie Ferguson.[2]

As actor he is reported to have had three teeth knocked out in a screen fight with actor Earl Metcalfe.[3] Following his death in February 1918, both of his parents died—his mother on April 9, 1918 and his father on April 18, 1918.[4]

Selected filmography[edit]

Ethel Clayton and Joseph Kaufman in A Woman Went Forth (1915)


  1. ^ stageography of Joseph Kaufman;
  2. ^ Silent Film Necrology, 2nd Edition by Eugene Michael Vazzana ; c.2001 page277
  3. ^ "In the Studios", New York Daily Mirror, May 5, 1915
  4. ^ Kaufman's Parents Die, VARIETY, April 26, 1918

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