Elliott Dexter, the gentlemanly star of a dozen films for Cecil B. De Mille, appeared in some of the biggest hits of the silent era and co-starred with some of the great divas, but his name is not well remembered. He retired from the screen in 1925
Dexter’s birth year has been reported as anywhere from 1879 to 1870. He was a stage actor and appeared in seven Broadway plays between 1905 and 1915, the year he quit the stage and entered films. He was between 35 and 45 years old. It was also the year he married the stage and film star, Marie Doro (who was born in 1882.
See Fritzi Kramer’s blog for more on the birth date issue http://moviessilently.com/2014/03/13/silent-star-mini-biography-elliott-dexter/
His first film was for Famous Players (later Paramount) with Marguerite Clark in a “north woods” drama called Helene of the North. The next year he starred…
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