Charles Bryant (actor)


Charles Bryant 8 January 1879 – 7 August 1948 was a British actor and film director

Contents

  • 1 Life
  • 2 Marriages and children
  • 3 Death
  • 4 Partial filmography
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Life

Bryant was born in Hartford, Cheshire on 8 January 1879 He was educated at Ardingly College in Sussex He left school at the age of 14 to become a stage actor, and three years later travelled to America to begin working on Broadway, starring in The First Born in 1887

Bryant starred in A Train of Incidents 1914, and War Brides 1916, which was also the first film his wife, Alla Nazimova featured in Bryant and Nazimova signed with Metro Pictures in 1918 and starred alongside each other in a number of films including Revelation, Out of the Fog, and Billions In 1918, Nazimova founded Nazimova Productions and it was there that Bryant began directing, with the pair creating a film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play Salome in 1923 Bryant and Nazimova's pairing was short lived Salomé was ostensibly too far ahead of its time and failed at the box office, bankrupting Nazimova Productions Bryant never worked in film again, instead returning to Broadway He divorced Nazimova shortly after leaving Hollywood, their marriage apparently having been only one of convenience and no longer necessary

Marriages and children

He claimed to have married Alla Nazimova on 5 December 1912, but the marriage was never consummated

On 16 November 1925 Bryant, 43, surprised the press, Nazimova's fans and Nazimova herself by marrying Marjorie Gilhooley, 23, in Connecticut When the press uncovered the fact that Charles had listed his current marital status as "single" on his marriage licence, the revelation that the marriage between Alla and Charles had been a sham from the beginning embroiled Nazimova in a scandal that damaged her career Charles and Marjorie divorced in 1936

Bryant had two children with Gilhooley, Charles Bryant Jr and Sheila Bryant Charles and Marjorie divorced in 1936 On 8 June 1948 Sheila married the American novelist Richard Yates

Death

Bryant died on 7 August 1948 in Mount Kisco, New York at age 69

Partial filmography

  • Eye for Eye 1918
  • The Red Lantern 1919
  • The Brat 1919
  • Stronger Than Death 1920
  • The Heart of a Child 1920
  • Billions 1920
  • A Doll's House 1922 directed
  • Salomé 1923 directed

References

  1. ^ Dixie Hines and Harry Prescott Hanaford 1914 "Alla Nazimova" Who's who in music and drama 
  2. ^ Blake Bailey A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates 
  3. ^ Lambert, Gavin 1997 Nazimova: A Biography Alfred A Knopf, Inc pp 265–266; 285 ISBN 0-679-40721-9 
  4. ^ a b Bailey, Blake, A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates, Macmillan, 1 May 2004
  5. ^ Eugene Michael Vazzana "Charles Bryant" Silent film necrology 

External links

  • Charles Bryant on IMDb


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