Thomas Meighan

Born Apr 9, 1879

Thomas Meighan was an American actor of silent films and early talkies. He played several leading man roles opposite popular actresses of the day including Mary Pickford and Gloria Swanson. At one point he commanded $10,000 a week.

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1879 Birth Born on April 9, 1879.


1896 17 Years Old After dropping out of college in 1896 Meighan became a juvenile player in the Pittsburgh Stock Company headed by Henrietta Crosman. … Read More


1900 21 Years Old Meighan soon found success. He first appeared on Broadway in 1900.
1904 25 Years Old In 1904 Meighan appeared in "The Two Orphans".
1908 29 Years Old His breakthrough role came in 1908 when he appeared with William Collier Sr. in "The Dictator". … Read More


1914 35 Years Old In 1914 he abandoned theatre for the new movie industry; which was still in its infancy at the time. … Read More
1915 36 Years Old His first US film was in 1915, "The Fighting Hope". … Read More
1916 37 Years Old Meighan was involved in some of the more scandalous moments of silent film history; albeit as a helping hand. On October 25, 1916 in New Jersey he was the sole witness to Jack Pickford and Olive Thomas's secretive wedding. … Read More
1918 39 Years Old In 1918 he made a propaganda film for World War I titled, "Norma Talmadge and Thomas Meighan in a Liberty Loan Appeal". … Read More


1919 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1919 Meighan hit stardom.
1924 45 Years Old His popularity continued through the Roaring Twenties with him starring in several pictures. In 1924 he played in The Alaskan opposite Estelle Taylor and Anna May Wong.
1927 48 Years Old In 1927, Meighan starred in The City Gone Wild opposite Louise Brooks.
1928 49 Years Old His final silents, both produced by Howard Hughes in 1928, were The Mating Call, which was critical of the KKK, and The Racket, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. … Read More


1934 55 Years Old 1 More Event
His last film was Peck's Bad Boy in 1934. … Read More
1935 56 Years Old In 1935, he underwent surgery at Doctors Hospital in Manhattan.
1936 57 Years Old 1 More Event
He finally succumbed to cancer at 9:10pm on July 8, 1936, passing away at his home in Great Neck, New York. … Read More
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