Lucius J. Henderson

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Lucius J. Henderson
Lucius J. Henderson.jpg
Lucius Henderson in October 1912, during the making of The Forest Rose
Born Lucius Junius Henderson[1]
June 8, 1861
Aledo, Illinois
Died February 18, 1947(1947-02-18) (aged 85)
Manhattan, New York
Alma mater Harvard College[2] (1883)
Occupation Film director
Spouse(s) Gretchen Lyons (m. 1896)[3]

Lucius Junius Henderson (June 8, 1861 – February 18, 1947) was an American silent film director and actor of the early silent period involved in more than 70 film productions.

Biography[edit]

Born in Aledo, Illinois, Henderson was a classically trained musician who later attended Harvard College.[4] He began stage-acting in the early-1880s and later supported both Mesdames Modjeska and Janauschek in repertory.

He entered film with the Thanhouser Company in late 1910, functioning as chiefly a director. In the autumn of 1913, Henderson led the Thanhouser company of players to Los Angeles. But while the unit quickly returned to New Rochelle, New York, Henderson remained behind to direct for Majestic and the Long Beach-located California Motion Picture Company. He was working for Universal Studios by 1915 and later claimed to have been the first to recognize the potential of Rudolph Valentino. Henderson directed 73 films before his retirement from directing at the end of 1917.

However, in 1923 he resurrected his interest in movies and rekindled his abilities as an actor, starring in a number of films in the mid-1920s.

The veteran actor/director turned to radio work after the changeover to sound. The oldest living member of the Lamb's Club, Henderson was honored with a testimonial dinner in 1942.

He died at his home on 335 West 43rd Street in New York City in 1947.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Director[edit]

  • To the Highest Bidder (1917)
  • The Untamed (1917)
  • The Beautiful Impostor (1917)
  • Stolen Honors (1916)
  • Cheaters (1916)
  • Love's Masquerade (1916)
  • The Trail of Chance (1916)
  • A Splash of Local Color (1916)
  • The Garden of Shadows (1916)
  • Behind the Veil (1916)
  • The Scarlet Mark (1916)
  • The Limousine Mystery (1916)
  • The Three Wishes (1916)
  • The Huntress of Men (1916)
  • The Girl Who Feared Daylight (1916)
  • Thrown to the Lions (1916)
  • The Little Fraud (1916)
  • The Strength of the Weak (1916)
  • Madame Cubist (1916)
  • Artistic Interference (1916)
  • A Sea Mystery (1916)
  • The Heart of a Mermaid (1916)
  • The Tale of the 'C' (1915)
  • Li'l Nor'wester (1915)
  • The Woman Who Lied (1915)
  • Under Southern Skies (1915)
  • The Taming of Mary (1915)
  • Jeanne of the Woods (1915)
  • The Little White Violet (1915)
  • Circus Mary (1915) (as Lucius C. Henderson)
  • A Daughter of the Nile (1915)
  • The Judgement of Men (1915)
  • A Witch of Salem Town (1915)
  • The Girl Who Had a Soul (1915)
  • The Blank Page (1915)
  • The Honor of the Ormsbys (1915)
  • The Broken Toy (1915)
  • The Rustle of a Skirt (1915)
  • The Supreme Impulse (1915)
  • Mary's Duke (1915)
  • The Golden Spider (1915)
  • The Bribe (1915)
  • On Dangerous Ground (1915)
  • Salomy Jane (1914)
  • The Tomboy's Race (1913)
  • Sapho (1913)
  • The Little Girl Next Door (1912/I)
  • Undine (1912)
  • Lucile (1912) ... aka Lucille
  • As Others See Us (1912)
  • Cousins (1912)
  • The Merchant of Venice (1912)
  • Under Two Flags (1912/I)
  • Doggie's Debut (1912)
  • The Professor's Son (1912)
  • Farm and Flat (1912)
  • The Twins (1912)
  • The Night Clerk's Nightmare (1912)
  • Why Tom Signed the Pledge (1912)
  • On the Stroke of Five (1912)
  • Her Secret (1912)
  • Dottie's New Doll (1912)
  • The Little Shut-In (1912)
  • When Mandy Came to Town (1912)
  • The Baby Bride (1912)
  • An Easy Mark (1912)
  • The Star of the Side Show (1912)
  • My Baby's Voice (1912)
  • The Poacher (1912) ... aka The Poachers (USA)
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1912)
  • The Lady from the Sea (1911) (as Lucius J. Henderson)
  • The Imposter (1911) (as Lucius J. Henderson)
  • Adrift (1911) (as Lucius J. Henderson)
  • When Love Was Blind (1911) (as Lucius J. Henderson)

Actor[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925; Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.
  2. ^ Harvard College Class of 1885 Secretary's Report. Rockwell and Churchill Press. 1900. p. 7. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Secretary's Report Class of 1885. Harvard College. 1900. p. 68. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Lucius Henderson, Long on Stage, Dies. Retired Actor, Producer, Film Director, Discovered Many Screen Stars". The New York Times. February 19, 1947. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 

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