Francis X. Bushman

Francis X. Bushman

Born Jan 10, 1883
Hometown Baltimore, Maryland
Died Aug 23, 1966
Death Place Los Angeles
Height 6' 0'' (1.8m)
Other Names Bushman, Francis ...

Francis Xavier Bushman was an American actor, film director, and screenwriter. His matinee idol career started in 1911 in the silent film His Friend's Wife, but it did not survive the silent screen era. Bushman, like many of his contemporaries, moved into the films from the stage. He was performing at Broncho Billy Anderson's Essanay Studios in Chicago, Illinois, when he was noticed for his muscular, sculpted torso.… Read More

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1883 Birth Born on January 10, 1883.


1902 19 Years Old In 1902, Bushman married Josephine Fladung, a seamstress. … Read More


1911 28 Years Old …  His matinee idol career started in 1911 in the silent film His Friend's Wife, but it did not survive the silent screen era. … Read More


1915 32 Years Old He also worked for the Vitagraph studio before signing with Metro in 1915. … Read More
1918 35 Years Old In 1918, Bushman became the center of a national scandal, when his affair with costar Beverly Bayne became public. … Read More
1920 37 Years Old Bushman appeared in nearly 200 feature film roles—more than 175 films before 1920, and 17 in his screen debut year of 1911 alone.


1929 46 Years Old …  But his fortune was wiped out in the great crash of 1929, and his career as a movie star had run its course. … Read More


1938 55 Years Old After his film career had waned, Bushman made his broadcasting mark on the CBS Radio network's long-running dramatic serial entitled Those We Love. In the soap opera, which ran from 1938 to 1945, Bushman played the role of John Marshall, a father of the twins (played by Richard Cromwell and Nan Grey). … Read More


1956 73 Years Old In 1956, Bushman appeared in a Burns and Allen episode (#73) where he played himself. … Read More
1959 76 Years Old When Ben Hur was remade in 1959, Charlton Heston had to learn the skill and quipped, "The only man in Hollywood who can drive a chariot is Francis X. Bushman — and he's too old!" Bushman was sixteen years older than Novarro, though their characters were supposed to have been children together.
In 1966, Bushman guest-starred on a two-part episode of Batman. … Read More
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