List of surviving silent film actors

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This article lists the known confirmed surviving silent film actors, including those with uncredited roles. The first sound film was released in 1927 and the silent film era ended in about 1929.[1] All of the surviving silent actors were child actors.

Living silent film actors[edit]

12 actors

Name Date of birth and age Notes
Mary Carlisle (1914-02-03) February 3, 1914 (age 103) American actress who had a small role in the 1923 film Long Live the King with Jackie Coogan, her only silent film appearance.[2]
Fay McKenzie (1918-02-19) February 19, 1918 (age 99) American actress who appeared in her first film in 1918, at the age of ten weeks. Was in five more silent films from the age of 3 to 8.[3]
Diana Serra Cary (1918-10-29) October 29, 1918 (age 98) American child star under the name "Baby Peggy". Her first movie was in 1921. One of the two most popular child actors of her era, along with Jackie Coogan.[4] Had a less successful career as an adult actor.[5]
Dorothy Morrison (1919-01-03) January 3, 1919 (age 98) American child actress who appeared in three Our Gang silent films, and one Charley Chase short. Her first movie was in 1923.[6]
Silas Hathaway (1919-09-02) September 2, 1919 (age 97) American child actor who appeared in Charlie Chaplin's The Kid, playing the title character as a baby[7]
Louise Watson (1919-11-22) November 22, 1919 (age 97) American child actress who debuted in 1925.[1] Along with Billy and Garry, she is one of the last of nine Watson siblings.
Lassie Lou Ahern (1920-06-25) June 25, 1920 (age 96) American child actress who appeared in 23 silent films, including seven Our Gang shorts.[8]
Jack C. Edwards (IMDb) (1920-09-26) September 26, 1920 (age 96) American silent film actor who appeared in three silent films, two of them with Harold Lloyd[9]
Billy Watson (1923-12-25) December 25, 1923 (age 93) American child actor who debuted in 1925.[2] Along with Louise and Garry, he is one of the last of nine Watson siblings.
Kathleen O'Malley (1924-03-31) March 31, 1924 (age 93) American actress who made her screen debut as an infant in the 1926 film My Old Dutch.[10]
Mildred Kornman (1925-07-10) July 10, 1925 (age 91) American child actress who appeared in eighteen silent Our Gang films as an extra.[11]
Garry Watson (1928-09-27) September 27, 1928 (age 88) American child actor who debuted in 1929.[3] Along with Louise and Billy, he is one of the last of nine Watson siblings. He debuted in the film Drag. The film was long thought to be a lost film but was later rediscovered. The film originally had two versions, a sound version and a silent version. He had other silent film appearances in The Isle of Lost Ships and Love, Live and Laugh.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pierce, David. The Survival of American Silent Feature Films, 1896–1929. Library of Congress, 2005. ISBN 978-1932326390
  2. ^ "Mary didn't need an agent". Eugene Register-Guard, June 11, 1939. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ Western Clippings
  4. ^ http://breakingnewsday.org/article/the-return-of-baby-peggy
  5. ^ "Era of child stars is returning". Reading Eagle. June 20, 1978. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Dorothy Morrison Green, silent film actress". NBC Los Angeles. December 9, 2011. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://timewithcharliechaplin.blogspot.de/
  8. ^ Hedler, Ken (2011-11-07). "Ariz. woman, 91, recalls child-acting career". Deseret News. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  9. ^ "'I spent most of my life as a nobody': the last of the silent movie stars". The Guardian. May 23, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  10. ^ My Old Dutch. The American Film Institute. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ Silent Stars Speak: Interviews with Twelve Cinema Pioneers

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