Born to Danish immigrants, he became first an actor and then, as a result of breaking his leg, a director. During the 1920s Cruze proved one of Hollywood's more varied and prolific filmmakers (and in...
Became member of the Belasco company and made Broadway debut
Organized own theater troupe
Retired after heart attack
Worked as fisherman in Alaska to pay for drama school
Film debut in "The Usurper" for Lubin
Began acting career appearing in medicine shows, road shows and stock including as barker in Billy Banks Travelling Stock Company
First film as producer only, "Wife Savers" (dir. Ralph Cedar)
Worked in vaudeville and repertory in New York
Film directing debut, "Too Many Millions"
Directed first film for own production company (James Cruze Inc.), "On to Reno"
Joined the Thanhouser Company; appeared in "The Pied Piper of Hamlin" and "She"
Directed several Fatty Arbuckle comedies that were unreleased or pulled from distribution due to Arbuckle's manslaughter scandal
Directed "From Wash to Washington" for Thanhouser
Born to Danish immigrants, he became first an actor and then, as a result of breaking his leg, a director. During the 1920s Cruze proved one of Hollywood's more varied and prolific filmmakers (and in 1927 the highest paid, earning $7,000 a week) with movies such as the lavishly produced historical epics "The Covered Wagon" (1923) and "Old Ironsides" (1926), which were noted for their almost documentary-like pictorial images but were weak on character. He also scored with the inventive, somewhat surreal "One Glorious Day" (1922) and with "Beggar on Horseback" (1925), while several of Cruze's early talkies, including the modestly budgeted but maturely handled "I Cover the Waterfront" (1933) feature some of his best work. Married to silent screen star Betty Compson from 1924 to 1930.
Mrs W E Quillinan
born on October 24, 1913; mother, Marguerite Snow; appeared in Thanhouser films as a baby