Edward LeSaint

Edward LeSaint

Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Death 10 Sep 1940 (aged 69)
Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Chapel Columbarium, first floor, north wall, T-4, N-9
Memorial ID 7957119 · View Source
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Pioneer Film Director, Actor. He received notoriety for entering the American film industry in its infancy working with black-and-white silent movies. At times his roles were uncredited, while other credited him as “E.J. LeSaint,” “Ed LeSaint” or “Edward J. LeSaint.” Starting in 1912, he directed more than 137 movies, starting in 1911 performed in at least 327 movies, and starting in 1912 wrote nine screenplays. As a white-haired, bespectacled gentleman, his acting parts were usually character roles such as a nameless judge, policeman, minister, doctor, or train conductor. His debut as an actor came in 1911 with “From the Bottom of the Sea,” a short film released by the studio of Independent Moving Pictures and starring Mary Pickford. He made dozens of “B movie” westerns in the 1930s. For h is last role, he was cast in a small part along side his beloved wife Stella in a 1940 Paramount film, “A Night at Earl Carroll's.” The film was released December 6, 1940, three months after his death. After having a position in a railroad's auditing office as a young man, he decided to enter the entertainment world. As a stage actor in the late 19 th century, he gained experience with a couple of years in a Cincinnati stock theater before spending fifteen years acting on road tours throughout the United States. He was able to work with Kinemacolor, which was a forerunner to Technicolor films, and Selig Polyscope Company. Eventually, he joined with independent studios before going with Universal Pictures. His colleagues included Charlie Chaplin, James Cagney, E.G. Robinson, Faye Wray, Rita Hayward, the Three Stooges, and a host of others.

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