Lee Beggs

Lee Beggs

Birth
Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Death 18 Nov 1943 (aged 72)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Valhalla, Westchester County, New York, USA
Plot Actors' Fund
Memorial ID 11227652 · View Source
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Actor. He will be remembered for being a character actor in the American silent film era appearing in at least 66 roles starting with “An Interrupted Elopement” in 1911, then “Making of an American Citizen” and “His Musical Soul” in 1912, “Ten Nights in a Barroom” in 1913, “Josie's Coney Island Nightmare” and “The Egyptian Mummy” in 1914, and “Janice Meredit” and “America” in 1924 and ending with “Tailspin Tommy” in 1934. Many of his films were considered “shorts” lasting only about 15 minutes. He is credited with directing 35 of these movies. He wrote, along with acting role and directing, “Ten Nights in a Barroom”. He produced “The Egyptian Mummy.” In 1915 he played a lead role along producing the stage play “A Mix-up in Dress Suit Cases.” He has been credited with at least nine Broadway play billings starting with “The Awful Mrs. Eaton” in 1924, most-noted “The Red Robe” in 1928, and ending with “A Women of Destiny” in 1936; most were musicals. In 1938 he appeared in “Room Service” in a London, England theater. According to his obituary appearing in “The Final Curtain” column in the November 27, 1943 edition of the trade magazine,“Billboard”, he started his career in San Francisco, California appearing in 1888 in stock company productions. In 1899, he was brought to trial in Chicago, Illinois in one of the very first copyright law cases involving a theater production. He paid a fine after it was proven that his “The Volunteer” was actually a pirated version of the play, “Lynwood.” Born Leonidas Beggs, he used the name of “Leon” or “Lee.” He was a stocky-built man who would not easily be considered a handsome leading man. On August 26, 1901 in Boston, Massachusetts, it is documented that he married Annie M. Darden, daughter of Hugh Darden and Georgia Singleton, yet sources state his wife and his son Malcolm Lee's mother was “Doris Singleton,” an obscured stage actress. In 1940, Leon with wife Annie Beggs were living in New York City. Buried in the section of Kensico Cemetery designated for actors, he shares a marker with his son Malcolm, who was also a character actor. He was a life-time member of the Actors Equality Association.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 11227652
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lee Beggs (3 Dec 1870–18 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11227652, citing Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .