Thomas Meighan
American actor
Thomas Meighan
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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Why Change Your Wife? - Chicago Reader (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
"Angels are often dead husbands, but husbands are seldom live angels," the opening title tells us before introducing Thomas Meighan as an unhappily married man and Swanson as his nagging, joyless wife. ("Why didn't you marry a Turk?
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Mary Pickford's M'LISS Screening at Pickford Institute - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Directed by Marshall Neilan, M'Liss stars Pickford as her usual bratty self, and features future 1920s megastar Thomas Meighan and popular supporting player Theodore Roberts. Special guest Joseph Yranski, senior film and video historian emeritus for
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1926: See Baby Peggy at The Grand in East Stroudsburg - Pocono Record
Google News - almost 6 years
Well-known performers who had recently purchased Lincolns included Austrian-born violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler, and America actors of silent film and talkies Adolph Menjou and Thomas Meighan, according to an article in The Morning Press
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The Listings
NYTimes - over 6 years
Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies. 'Ahead of Time' (No rating, 1:13, in English and Hebrew) The career of Ruth Gruber -- reporter, photographer, civil servant, memoirist, humanitarian and riveting
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Critic's Choice: New DVD's
NYTimes - about 11 years
Point of Order Culled from discarded kinescopes of the Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954, Emile de Antonio's 1964 documentary, ''Point of Order,'' offers both a complement and a contrast to ''Good Night, and Good Luck,'' George Clooney's docudrama treatment of the McCarthy era currently in theaters. Where Mr. Clooney's hero is a television newsman,
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Dempsey-Tunney: A Daughter's View
NYTimes - over 14 years
To the Sports Editor: With interest I read Jack Cavanaugh's article ''The Long Count Is a Long Memory'' (Sept. 22) and feel that some facts regarding Jack Dempsey should be corrected. I lived with this great man my entire life, moving out only when I attended college. When I reached a responsible age and achieved some talent as a writer, he
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    FIFTIES
  • 1936
    Age 56
    He finally succumbed to cancer at 9:10pm on July 8, 1936, passing away at his home in Great Neck, New York.
    More Details Hide Details Many of his family were present. Meighan was originally buried at Calvary Cemetery in Queens. After resting there for almost a year, his remains were moved to a family plot at Saint Mary Cemetery in Meighan's hometown of Pittsburgh. Meighan was a large donater to various Catholic charities and the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies. Many of his later films survive and have been released on DVD.
  • 1935
    Age 55
    In 1935, he underwent surgery at Doctors Hospital in Manhattan.
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  • 1934
    Age 54
    In 1934, Meighan was diagnosed with cancer.
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    His last film was Peck's Bad Boy in 1934.
    More Details Hide Details Meighan commanded a salary of $5,000 a week for much of his career. At one point it reached $10,000 a week. Meighan met Frances Ring (July 4, 1882 – January 15, 1951). Ring was an attractive stage actress, on Broadway when Meighan was also appearing. She was a sister of popular singer Blanche Ring. Actor and director A. Edward Sutherland was a nephew of both Blanche Ring and Meighan. Sutherland's mother, Julie, was a sister of Blanche and Frances Ring.
  • FORTIES
  • 1928
    Age 48
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Both were thought lost until rediscovered in private collections in 2006 and restored by University of Nevada, Las Vegas and shown on Turner Classic Movies. His first talkie feature film was The Argyle Case (1928). Meighan was nearing 50 and feared his popularity might wane, and decided to go into real estate. It took until 1931 for him to return to the screen with Young Sinners. He would go on to make only four additional talkies until his illness sidelined him from acting.
  • 1927
    Age 47
    In 1927, Meighan starred in The City Gone Wild opposite Louise Brooks.
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  • 1924
    Age 44
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1919
    Age 39
    One of his best known films at the time was the 1919 The Miracle Man which featured Lon Chaney Sr..
    More Details Hide Details This film is now believed to be lost except for brief clips. This was followed with Cecil B. DeMille's Male and Female which starred him opposite Gloria Swanson and Lila Lee. Most of the cast returned for the 1920 film, Why Change Your Wife? which also co-starred Bebe Daniels. In April 1925, Meighan and Swanson produced a short film, directed by Allan Dwan for the annual "Spring Gambol" for The Lambs. This film, sometimes known as Gloria Swanson Dialogue made in Lee DeForest's sound-on-film Phonofilm process, was made as a joke for the live event, showing Swanson trying to crash the all-male club.
    In 1919 Meighan hit stardom.
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  • 1918
    Age 38
    In 1918 he made a propaganda film for World War I titled, "Norma Talmadge and Thomas Meighan in a Liberty Loan Appeal".
    More Details Hide Details He then played opposite Mary Pickford in M'Liss.
  • 1916
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In March 1923, Douglas Gerrad, in need of help bailing his friend Rudolph Valentino out of jail for bigamy, called up a fellow Irishman named Dan O'Brien who happened to be with Meighan at the time. Meighan barely knew Valentino but put up a large chunk of the bail money, and with the help of June Mathis and George Melford, Valentino was eventually freed. In the mid-1920s, Meighan became obsessed with Florida after talks with his realtor brother James E. Meighan. He bought property in Ocala, Florida in 1925. In 1927, he built a home in New Port Richey, Florida where he would spend his winters. He intended to shoot his film We're All Gamblers there, however, filming was moved to Miami. The Meighans hoped to draw other celebrities to the area. On July 1, 1926, The Meighan Theatre opened with a screening of Meighan's movie The New Klondike. Meighan himself was not present but sent a congratulatory telegram.
  • 1915
    Age 35
    His first US film was in 1915, "The Fighting Hope".
    More Details Hide Details During the next 2 years Meighan's career would take off.
  • 1914
    Age 34
    In 1914 he abandoned theatre for the new movie industry; which was still in its infancy at the time.
    More Details Hide Details His first film was shot in London, titled "Dandy Donovan, the Gentleman Cracksman". This film led to a contract with Famous Players-Lasky.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1908
    Age 28
    His breakthrough role came in 1908 when he appeared with William Collier Sr. in "The Dictator".
    More Details Hide Details That was followed by a leading role in "The College Widow", which had a successful run on Broadway for the 1907–1908 season. It was during this run he met his wife Frances Ring. Despite his film career Meighan remained devoted to the theatre during his life.
  • 1904
    Age 24
    In 1904 Meighan appeared in "The Two Orphans".
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  • 1900
    Age 20
    Meighan soon found success. He first appeared on Broadway in 1900.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1896
    Age 16
    After dropping out of college in 1896 Meighan became a juvenile player in the Pittsburgh Stock Company headed by Henrietta Crosman.
    More Details Hide Details He was paid $35 a week.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1879
    Born
    Born on April 9, 1879.
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