Jack Pickford

Jack Pickford

Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death 3 Jan 1933 (aged 36)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Gardens of Memory (NorthWest garden; locked, no public access), Map #01, Distinguished Memorial – Sarcophagus 206 (aka the Little Garden of Eternal Love); east wall, large white sarcophagus
Memorial ID 7877 · View Source
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Actor. He was encouraged by his mother, Charlotte Pickford, to enter the entertainment business like his older sister Mary Pickford, the noted silent film starlet. As a child actor on stage, he developed into a colorful juvenile player. But it was Mary who gave him his start in Biograph pictures in 1909 at the age of 13. When Mary signed her multi-million dollar contract with First National in 1917, one of the stipulations was that Jack receive a contract as well. A stint in the Navy proved disasterous when he was accused of accepting bribes from rich men so they could stay out of the front lines. He was later exonerated of all the charges. Jack found success with Great Expectations (1917) and the lead role in Tom Sawyer (1917). and went on to become a popular star in his own right. He tried producing some films including The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come and The Man Who Had Everything. But sadly, more interest was being paid to his off camera lifestyle. He picked up gambling, alcohol, and drug addictions. His first wife, Olive Thomas, tragically died in Paris in 1920 after the couple had been married for only 4 years. Olive's death haunted Jack for the rest of his life. He married 2 more times, the first to Broadway star Marilyn Miller and the last to minor actress Mary Mulhern. Both ended in messy divorces. By the late 1920's Jack had become completely undependable and his career stopped after the invention of sound despite Mary's attempts to help him. Jack's health failed after many bouts with syphilis. Jack died in 1933 at the age of only 36.

Bio by: Marta Monk

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