Francis X. Bushman

Francis X. Bushman

Actor + Director + Writer
Born Jan 10, 1883

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, he married seamstress Josephine Fladine Duval. … Read More


1911 28 Years Old …  His career as a matinee idol started in 1911 in the silent film His Friend's Wife. … 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, he was the subject of a national scandal as his affair with longtime costar Beverly Bayne became public. … Read More
1920 37 Years Old He appeared in nearly 200 feature film roles - more than 175 films before 1920, and 17 in his screen debut year of 1911 alone.


1925 42 Years Old Bushman eventually retained the talented services of Harry Reichenbach as his agent. When Bushman noted that he would be well suited to starring in the upcoming 1925 film, Ben-Hur, Reichenbach had a plan to increase his client's marketability. … Read More
1929 46 Years Old Bushman was paid large salaries during his screen career, and donated the land upon which Sid Grauman erected his famous Chinese Theater. But his fortune was wiped out in the great crash of 1929, and his career as a movie star had had its run. … Read More


1938 55 Years Old After his film career had waned, Bushman made his broadcasting mark on the CBS Radio network's long-runningdramatic 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


1966 83 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1966, Bushman guest-starred on a two-part episode of Batman. … Read More
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