William V. Ranous

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William V. Ranous
Born (1857-03-12)March 12, 1857
New York State
Died April 1, 1915(1915-04-01) (aged 58)
Santa Monica, California
Occupation Actor, film director
Years active 1907-1916
Spouse(s) Doris Thompson

William V. Ranous (March 12, 1857 – April 1, 1915) was an American silent film actor and director and Shakespearean stage actor. He was born in New York State, and died in Santa Monica, California. He was survived by his wife, Doris Thompson.

Ranous appeared in 54 films between 1907-16. He also directed 28 films between 1907-13. He was the first director at Vitagraph Studios[1] and also directed the first film produced by Carl Laemmle's Independent Moving Pictures Company, Hiawatha, in 1909.[2]

On Broadway, Ranous appeared in Quo Vadis (1900) and Romeo and Juliet (1903).[3]

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  1. ^ "Photo caption". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. August 21, 1927. p. 126. Retrieved April 2, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ "Hiawatha (1909)". AFI Catalog. Retrieved May 13, 2018. 
  3. ^ "William V. Ranous". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on April 3, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2018. 

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