Raymond Griffith - actor, comedian

Raymond Griffith
Raymond Griffith was one of the grand silent movie comedians. He lost his voice at an early age, causing him to speak for relax of his life in a hoarse whisper. He claimed that it was the effect of his having to scream at the top of his lungs each night in a stage melodrama as a child actor others have stated that a childhood sickness was more likely the cause.
Although some comedy films of his are considered classics he is almost completely forgotten today. His film debut was for the L-KO Kompany. Many of his starring feature films have extended since been lost, but probably the best recognized of his films today is Hands Up!.

A 1926 Civil War comedy feature directed by Clarence G. Badger, and co-starring Mack Swain, which was goes into the National Film Registry in 2005. Also measured a classic is Badger's Paths to Paradise, a caper film that is in all circulating prints missing its final reel. Like several silent comedians, he had a traditional dress; his was a top hat, white tie and tails, often augmented by a cape and walking stick. The coming of sound finished Griffith's acting career, but he did have one excellent role in a motion picture before retiring from the screen, playing a French soldier killed by Lew Ayres in the 1930 Lewis Milestone film All Quiet on the Western Front. He then segued into a producing and writing career at Twentieth Century Fox.
Raymond Griffith
Date Of Birth
January 23, 1895

Place Of Birth
Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Bertha Mann

Date Of Died
November 25, 1957

Place Of Died
Los Angeles, California, USA

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