Mace Greenleaf

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Mace Greanleaf
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Born (1872-12-08)December 8, 1872
Dixfield, Maine, USA
Died March 23, 1912(1912-03-23) (aged 39)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Occupation Stage and Screen Actor

Mace Greenleaf (December 8, 1872 – March 23, 1912) was an American stage and silent film actor.

Early life[edit]

Mace Greenleaf was born at Dixfield, Maine,[1] the only child of Charles Ward and Mary (née Eustis) Greenleaf. Charles Greenleaf was a native of Massachusetts and supported his family employed as a surveyor.[2]


Greenleaf's first important role came in the late 1890s playing Herbert, the King's forester, in stock productions of The Prisoner of Zenda[3] and its companion piece, Rupert of Hentzau.[4] In 1898 he played Mr. Hunston in Sir Arthur Wing Pinero's play Trelawny of the 'Wells' that opened at the Lyceum Theatre in New York on November 22, 1898. His next Broadway performance was in The Pride of Jennico with James K. Hackett and Bertha Galland staged at the Criterion Theatre in 1900.[5] Later that year he played Myrtle May's lover in a road production of The Parish Priest with Daniel Sully.[6]

During the first decade of the 20th century, Mace Greenleaf played leading roles in stock companies on both coasts and middle America. He returned to Broadway in 1905 to play the Prince of Wales in the romantic musical Edmund Burke.[5] In 1911 he joined the fledgling motion picture industry where he would appear in at least eighteen films over the last year or so of his life.[7]


In September 1906, Greenleaf married Lucy (aka Lucie) Banning in Santa Ana, California. Banning came from a very wealthy family, they owned Catalina Island,[8] and was remembered at the time for an affair she had while married to her first husband that ended with the suicide of her lover.[9][10] Lucy Banning was known as something of a free spirit and often scandalized "polite society" with the number of men in her life. She left Greenleaf in 1910 for the son of a prominent judge.[11]


Mace Greenleaf died on March 23, 1912, while in Philadelphia after a brief battle with pneumonia.[8]


  1. ^ "Mace Greenleaf". Report of the Board of Directors. The Players. 1912. pp. 83–84. 
  2. ^ 1900 US Census Records
  3. ^ "Theatrical". The Pittsburg Press. August 19, 1902. p. 13. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  4. ^ Clapp, John Bouvé; Edgett, Edwin Francis (1902). Plays of the Present. Dunlap Society. p. 235. 
  5. ^ a b "Mace Greenleaf". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  6. ^ "The Theatrical World". Portsmouth Herald. October 23, 1900. p. 3. 
  7. ^ "Mace Greenleaf". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  8. ^ a b "Divorce Suit is Stopped by Death". The Oakland Tribune. March 26, 1912. p. 8. 
  9. ^ "She Has Wed Once Again". The Oakland Tribune. September 21, 1906. p. 10. 
  10. ^ "Rich Woman Marries Actor Writes Play in Which to Appear". The Oakland Tribune. July 1, 1907. p. 3. 
  11. ^ "Wife Refuses to Return Home". The Oakland Tribune. November 1, 1910. p. 14.