Actor William Courtright

William Courtright (February 10, 1848 – March 6, 1933) was an American film actor.

Early years

He was born Theodore Courtright in New Milford, Illinois, and was educated in the public schools of Ione, California. When he was 16, he ran away from home to join a stock theater company.

Career

Courtright’s acting career began with Shakespearean plays, as he worked with Lawrence Barrett. Before entering the film industry, he appeared in minstrel shows. He made a world tour as a minstrel, with the tour’s activities including performing before King Edward VII.

Sometimes billed as Billy Courtright, he appeared in 68 films between 1912 and 1930. He worked with D. W. Griffith and in his later career at the Hal Roach Studios, where he appeared in several early Laurel and Hardy comedies.

Courtright was still acting at age 80. An item in the October 28, 1928, edition of The Cincinnati Enquirer described him as “the oldest living motion-picture actor on the screen …”

His best-known role was Oliver Hardy’s wealthy Uncle Bernal in That’s My Wife (1929). His last film, the Our Gang comedy Teacher’s Pet, was also his first sound film.

Personal life

In 1873, Courtright married actress Jennie Lee, and they worked together in vaudeville for 12 years as Courtright and Lee. They also appeared together in Intolerance. Courtright died in Ione, California.

Selected filmography

  • If We Only Knew (1913)
  • The Ranchero’s Revenge (1913)
  • In Diplomatic Circles (1913)
  • The Sorrowful Shore (1913)
  • The Enemy’s Baby (1913)
  • Intolerance (1916)
  • The Deciding Kiss (1918)
  • Hitting the High Spots (1918)
  • Hard Boiled (1919)
  • Ace of the Saddle (1919)
  • The Jailbird (1920)
  • The Blooming Angel (1920)
  • The Speed Girl (1921)
  • The Millionaire (1921)
  • Man Under Cover (1922)
  • At the Sign of the Jack O’Lantern (1922)
  • Bell Boy 13 (1923)
  • The Girl I Loved (1923)
  • A Man of Action (1923)
  • The Heart Buster (1924)
  • Are Parents People? (1925)
  • Some Pun’kins (1925)
  • All Around Frying Pan (1925)
  • Thank You (1925)
  • The Nickel-Hopper (1926)
  • The Tough Guy (1926)
  • A Regular Scout (1926)
  • The Two-Gun Man (1926)
  • Lone Hand Saunders (1926)
  • For Wives Only (1926)
  • Hands Across the Border (1926)
  • On the Front Page (1926)
  • Don Mike (1927)
  • Duck Soup (1927)
  • Arizona Nights (1927)
  • Silver Comes Through (1927)
  • The Glorious Fourth (1927)
  • Jesse James (1927)
  • The Pioneer Scout (1928)
  • The Sunset Legion (1928)
  • That’s My Wife (1929)
  • External Links

    Actor William Courtright – Wikipedia

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