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Wallace Reid

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Wallace Reid April 15, 1891 – January 18, 19231 was an American actor in silent film referred to as "the screen's most perfect lover"2


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Death
  • 4 Aftermath
  • 5 Popular culture
  • 6 Filmography
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Early lifeedit

Reid was born William Wallace Halleck Reid in St Louis, Missouri, into a show business family His mother, Bertha Westbrook 1868–1939, was an actress and his father, James Halleck "Hal" Reid 1862–1920, worked successfully in a variety of theatrical jobs, mainly as playwright and actor, traveling the country As a boy, Wallace Reid was performing on stage at an early age, but acting was put on hold while he obtained an education at Freehold Military School in Freehold Township, New Jersey Reid graduated from Perkiomen Seminary in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1909 A gifted all-around athlete, Reid participated in a number of sports while also following an interest in music, learning to play the piano, banjo, drums, and violin As a teenager, he spent time in Wyoming, where he learned to be an outdoorsman


Reid was drawn to the burgeoning motion picture industry by his father, who shifted from the theatre to acting, writing, and directing films In 1910, Reid appeared in his first film, The Phoenix, an adaptation of a Milton Nobles play filmed at Selig Polyscope Studios in Chicago Reid used the script from a play his father had written and approached the very successful Vitagraph Studios, hoping to be given the opportunity to direct Instead, Vitagraph executives capitalized on his sex appeal, and in addition to having him direct, cast him in a major role Although Reid's good looks and powerful physique made him the perfect "matinée idol", he was equally happy with roles behind the scenes and often worked as a writer, cameraman, and director

Wallace Reid appeared in several films with his father, and as his career in film flourished, he was soon acting and directing with and for early film mogul Allan Dwan In 1913, while at Universal Pictures, Reid met and married actress Dorothy Davenport 1895–1977 He was featured in Birth of a Nation 1915 and Intolerance 1916, both directed by DW Griffith, and starred opposite leading ladies such as Florence Turner, Gloria Swanson, Lillian Gish, Elsie Ferguson, and Geraldine Farrar en route to becoming one of Hollywood's major heartthrobs

Already involved with the creation of more than 100 motion picture shorts, Reid was signed by producer Jesse L Lasky and starred in another 60 plus films for Lasky's Famous Players film company, later Paramount Pictures Frequently paired with actress Ann Little, his action-hero role as the dashing race-car driver drew young girls and older women alike to theaters to see his daredevil auto thrillers such as The Roaring Road 1919, Double Speed 1920, Excuse My Dust 1920, and Too Much Speed 1921 One of his auto-racing films, Across the Continent 1922, was chosen as the opening night film for San Francisco's Castro Theatre, which opened 22 June 1922


The urn of Wallace Reid, in the Great Mausoleum Forest Lawn Glendale

While en route to a location in Oregon during filming of The Valley of the Giants 1919, Reid was injured in a train wreck near Arcata, California, and needed six stitches to close a three-inch scalp wound3 To keep on filming, he was prescribed morphine for relief of his pain Reid soon became addicted, but kept on working at a frantic pace in films that were growing more physically demanding and changing from 15–20 minutes in duration to as much as an hour Reid's morphine addiction worsened at a time when drug rehabilitation programs were nonexistent, and he died in a sanitarium while attempting recovery4

Wallace Reid was interred in the Azalea Terrace of the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California


His widow, Dorothy Davenport billed as Mrs Wallace Reid, co-produced and appeared in Human Wreckage 1923, making a national tour with the film to publicize the dangers of drug addiction Reid and she had two children: a son, Wallace Reid, Jr, born in 1917; and a daughter, Betty Mummert, whom they adopted in 1922 at age three but allegedly whom Reid fathered in an affair5 Reid's widow never remarried

Wallace Reid's contribution to the motion-picture industry has been recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Popular cultureedit

Reid's name is mentioned by William Holden in Sunset Boulevard, a film in which Gloria Swanson, one of Reid's original costars, appeared as a forgotten silent film star In Ken Russell's 1977 film Valentino, Reid is portrayed briefly and inaccurately as a bicycle-riding childish movie star and is made up to look like a cross between the character he played in Clarence, Harold Lloyd, and the comic actors Jimmie Adams and Churchill Ross In the 1980 documentary Hollywood episode "Single Beds and Double Standards", Reid's story is recalled by those silent film survivors who worked with him: Gloria Swanson, Karl Brown, Henry Hathaway, and stuntman Bob Rose

In 2007, a biography Wallace Reid: Life and Death of a Hollywood Idol by author E J Fleming appeared, the first since his mother's personal recollections after Reid's death In 2011, his official biography, Wally: The True Wallace Reid Story by David W Menefee foreword by Robert Osborne, was sanctioned by Reid's surviving relatives and published by BearManor Media1 The biography was submitted for a 2011 Pulitzer Prize


  • The Phoenix 1910short
  • The Leading Lady 1911short
  • The Reporter 1911short
  • The Mother of the Ranch 1911short
  • War 1911short
  • A Red Cross Martyr; or, On the Firing Lines of Tripoli 1912short
  • The Path of True Love 1912short
  • Chumps 1912short
  • Jean Intervenes 1912short
  • Indian Romeo and Juliet 1912short
  • Playmates 1912short
  • The Telephone Girl 1912short
  • The Seventh Son 1912short
  • The Illumination 1912short
  • At Scrogginses' Corner 1912short
  • Brothers 1912short
  • The Victoria Cross 1912short
  • The Hieroglyphic 1912short
  • Fortunes of a Composer 1912short
  • Diamond Cut Diamond 1912short
  • Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight 1912short
  • His Mother's Son 1912short
  • Kaintuck 1912short
  • Virginius 1912short
  • The Gamblers 1912short
  • Before the White Man Came 1912short
  • A Man's Duty 1912short
  • At Cripple Creek 1912short
  • Making Good 1912short
  • The Secret Service Man 1912short
  • The Indian Raiders 1912short
  • His Only Son 1912short
  • Every Inch a Man 1912short
  • Early Days in the West 1912short
  • Hunted Down 1912short
  • A Daughter of the Redskins 1912short
  • The Cowboy Guardians 1912short
  • The Tribal Law 1912short
  • An Indian Outcast 1912short
  • The Hidden Treasure 1912short
  • The Sepoy Rebellion 1912short
  • Love and the Law 1913short
  • Their Masterpiece 1913short
  • Pirate Gold 1913short
  • The Rose of Old Mexico 1913short
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray 1913short
  • Near to Earth 1913short
  • The Eye of a God 1913short
  • The Ways of Fate 1913short
  • When Jim Returned 1913short
  • The Tattooed Arm 1913short
  • The Brothers 1913short
  • The Deerslayer 1913short
  • Youth and Jealousy 1913short
  • The Kiss 1913short
  • Her Innocent Marriage 1913short
  • A Modern Snare 1913short
  • On the Border 1913short
  • When Luck Changes 1913short
  • Via Cabaret 1913short
  • The Spirit of the Flag 1913short
  • Hearts and Horses 1913short
  • In Love and War 1913short
  • Women and War 1913short
  • The Guerilla Menace 1913short
  • Calamity Anne Takes a Trip 1913short
  • Song Bird of the North 1913short
  • Pride of Lonesome 1913short
  • The Powder Flash of Death 1913short
  • A Foreign Spy 1913short
  • The Picket Guard 1913short
  • Mental Suicide 1913short
  • Man's Duty 1913short
  • An Even Exchange 1913short
  • The Animal 1913short
  • The Harvest of Flame 1913short
  • The Spark of Manhood 1913short
  • The Mystery of Yellow Aster Mine 1913short
  • The Gratitude of Wanda 1913short
  • The Wall of Money 1913short
  • The Heart of a Cracksman 1913short
  • The Cracksman's Reformation 1913short
  • The Fires of Fate 1913short
  • Cross Purposes 1913short
  • Retribution 1913short
  • A Cracksman Santa Claus 1913short
  • The Lightning Bolt 1913short
  • A Hopi Legend 1913short
  • Whoso Diggeth a Pit 1914short
  • The Intruder 1914short
  • The Countess Betty's Mine 1914short
  • The Wheel of Life 1914short
  • Fires of Conscience 1914short
  • The Greater Devotion 1914short
  • A Flash in the Dark 1914short
  • Breed o' the Mountains 1914short
  • Regeneration 1914short
  • The Voice of the Viola 1914short
  • Heart of the Hills 1914short
  • The Way of a Woman 1914short
  • The Mountaineer 1914short
  • The Spider and Her Web 1914short
  • Cupid Incognito 1914short
  • A Gypsy Romance 1914short
  • The Test 1914short
  • The Skeleton 1914short
  • The Fruit of Evil 1914short
  • The Daughter of a Crook 1914short
  • Women and Roses 1914short
  • The Quack 1914short
  • The Siren 1914short
  • The Man Within 1914short
  • Passing of the Beast 1914short
  • Love's Western Flight 1914short
  • A Wife on a Wager 1914short
  • 'Cross the Mexican Line 1914short
  • The Den of Thieves 1914short
  • Arms and the Gringo 1914short
  • The City Beautiful 1914short
  • Down by the Sounding Sea 1914short
  • The Avenging Conscience 1914
  • Moonshine Molly 1914short
  • The Second Mrs Roebuck 1914short
  • Sierra Jim's Reformation 1914short
  • The High Grader 1914short
  • Down the Hill to Creditville 1914short
  • Her Awakening 1914short
  • Her Doggy 1914short
  • For Her Father's Sins 1914short
  • A Mother's Influence 1914short
  • Sheriff for an Hour 1914short
  • The Niggard 1914short
  • The Odalisque 1914short
  • The Little Country Mouse 1914short
  • Another Chance 1914short
  • Over the Ledge 1914short
  • At Dawn 1914short
  • The Joke on Yellentown 1914short
  • The Exposure 1914short
  • Baby's Ride 1914short
  • The Three Brothers 1915short
  • The Craven 1915short
  • The Birth of a Nation 1915
  • The Lost House 1915short
  • Enoch Arden 1915short
  • Station Content 1915short
  • A Yankee from the West 1915
  • The Chorus Lady 1915
  • Carmen 1915
  • Old Heidelberg 1915
  • The Golden Chance 1915
  • To Have and to Hold 1916, Lost film
  • The Love Mask 1916
  • Maria Rosa 1916
  • The Selfish Woman 1916
  • Intolerance 1916
  • The House with the Golden Windows 1916
  • The Yellow Pawn 1916, Lost film
  • The Wall of Flame 1916short
  • The Wrong Heart 1916short
  • Joan the Woman 1917
  • The Golden Fetter 1917
  • The Man Who Saved the Day 1917short
  • Buried Alive 1917short
  • The Tell-Tale Arm 1917short
  • The Prison Without Walls 1917
  • A Warrior's Bride 1917short
  • The Penalty of Silence 1917short
  • The World Apart 1917, Lost film
  • Big Timber 1917, Lost film
  • The Squaw Man's Son 1917, Lost film
  • The Hostage 1917, Lost film
  • The Woman God Forgot 1917
  • Nan of Music Mountain 1917, Lost film
  • The Devil-Stone 1917
  • Rimrock Jones 1918, Lost film
  • The Thing We Love 1918, Lost film
  • The House of Silence 1918, Lost film
  • Believe Me, Xantippe 1918, Lost film
  • The Firefly of France 1918, Lost film
  • Less Than Kin 1918, Lost film
  • The Source 1918, Lost film
  • The Man from Funeral Range 1918, Lost film
  • Too Many Millions 1918, Lost film
  • The Dub 1919, Lost film
  • Alias Mike Moran 1919, Lost film
  • The Roaring Road 1919
  • You're Fired 1919
  • The Love Burglar 1919, Lost film
  • The Valley of the Giants 1919
  • The Lottery Man 1919, Lost film
  • Hawthorne of the USA 1919
  • The Crucifix of Destiny 1920, Lost film
  • Double Speed 1920, Lost film
  • Excuse My Dust 1920
  • The Dancin' Fool 1920
  • Sick Abed 1920
  • What's Your Hurry 1920
  • Always Audacious 1920, Lost film
  • The Charm School 1921, Lost film
  • The Love Special 1921
  • Too Much Speed 1921, Lost film
  • The Hell Diggers 1921, Lost film
  • The Affairs of Anatol 1921
  • Forever 1921, Lost film
  • Don't Tell Everything 1921, Lost film
  • Rent Free 1922, Lost film
  • The World's Champion 1922, Lost film
  • Across the Continent 1922, Lost film
  • The Dictator 1922, Lost film
  • A Trip to Paramountown 1922, short subject; cameo
  • Nice People 1922, Lost film
  • The Ghost Breaker 1922, Lost film
  • Clarence 1922, Lost film
  • Thirty Days 1922, Lost film
  • Hollywood 1923, Lost film cameo;posthumous


Reid was a favorite of movie-goers The original caption of this image from Picture-Play Magazine reads, "The only reason why they don’t let Wally play in dress-suit roles all the time is that the casualties among the ladies would soon empty the picture houses In fact, we feel that we’re toying with the fan hearts even to print this picture"6 Notes
  1. ^ Fleming, E J February 8, 2007 "Wallace Reid: The Life And Death of a Hollywood Idol" McFarland & Company – via Amazon 
  2. ^ Motion Picture Magazine
  3. ^ "Reid Company in Wreck" Moving Picture World 39 9: 1474 1 March 1919 Retrieved 27 October 2015 
  4. ^ Troping the body: gender, etiquette, and performance By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster Southern Illinois University Press p 108
  5. ^ "Wallace Reid" 
  6. ^ 1918 "Favorite Picture Players" Picture-Play Magazine
  • The First Male Stars: Men of the Silent Era by David W Menefee Albany: Bear Manor Media, 2007
  • Col Selig’s Stories of Movie Life – Wallace Reid Screenland Chicago: Screenland Publishing Company, April 1923
  • The Autobiography of Cecil B DeMille By Cecil B DeMille New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc, 1959
  • I Blow My Own Horn By Jesse L Lasky New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1957
  • Two Reels and a Crank By Albert E Smith New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1952
  • Griffith: The Birth of a Nation Part 1 By Seymour Stern New York: Film Culture, 1965
  • Swanson on Swanson By Gloria Swanson New York: Random House, 1980
  • Wallace Reid Dies in Fight on Drugs The New York Times, January 19, 1923
  • Wally, the Genial By Maude S Cheatham in Motion Picture Magazine New York: Brewster Publications, Inc, October 1920

External linksedit

Media related to Wallace Reid at Wikimedia Commons

  • Wallace Reid on Internet Movie Database
  • Wallace Reid at Find a Grave
  • Literature on Wallace Reid
  • portrait of Reid's mother, Berthabelle Westbrook

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