Marshall Neilan

Actor + Screenwriter + Director + Producer
Born Apr 11, 1891

Marshall Ambrose Neilan was an American motion picture actor, screenwriter, film director, and producer.

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1891 Birth Born on April 11, 1891.


1910 19 Years Old As a teenager, he began acting in bit parts in live theatre, and in 1910 he got a job chauffeur driving Biograph Studios executives around Los Angeles there to determine the suitability of the West Coast as a place for a permanent studio. … Read More


1913 22 Years Old Marshall Neilan had married actress Gertrude Bambrick in 1913 with whom he would have a son, Marshall Neilan, Jr..
1915 24 Years Old In 1915, Neilan was one of the founding members of the Motion Picture Directors Association along with directors such as Cecil B. DeMille, Allan Dwan, and William Desmond Taylor.
1916 25 Years Old At the end of 1916, Neilan was hired by Mary Pickford Films where he directed Pickford in several productions including Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and The Little Princess in 1917, plus Stella Maris in 1918, Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley, M'Liss in 1918, and Daddy-Long-Legs in 1919.
1920 29 Years Old Having all but given up acting, Neilan's directing successes led to him creating his own production company and between 1920 and 1926, Marshall Neilan Productions made eleven feature-length films almost all of which were distributed through First National Pictures. … Read More


1921 30 Years Old Neilan's marriage to Bambrick ended in 1921. A year later he married actress Blanche Sweet, whom he directed on several occasions. They divorced in 1929.
1927 36 Years Old Early in his career Neilan had done as most others in the pioneering days of film and helped out in many areas of filmmaking through performing, directing, and writing. A talented screenwriter, in 1927 he wrote the original story for the Howard Hughes film, Hell's Angels. … Read More
1930 39 Years Old He was then hired by Hal Roach Studios, for whom he directed a few films in 1930, and he made his final directorial effort in 1937. … Read More


1940 49 Years Old In recognition of his contribution to the motion picture industry, in 1940 the Directors Guild of America conferred on him an "Honorary Life Member Award." … Read More


1958 68 Years Old Neilan died in Los Angeles in 1958 of throat cancer. … Read More
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