Francis X. Bushman

Actor, director, writer Francis X. Bushman

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.
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1966
    Age 83
    In 1966, Bushman guest-starred on a two-part episode of Batman.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1938
    Age 55
    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).
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  • FORTIES
  • 1929
    Age 46
    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.
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  • 1925
    Age 42
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1920
    Age 37
    He appeared in nearly 200 feature film roles - more than 175 films before 1920, and 17 in his screen debut year of 1911 alone.
  • 1918
    Age 35
    In 1918, he was the subject of a national scandal as his affair with longtime costar Beverly Bayne became public.
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  • 1915
    Age 32
    He also worked for the Vitagraph studio before signing with Metro in 1915.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1911
    Age 28
    His career as a matinee idol started in 1911 in the silent film His Friend's Wife.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1902
    Age 19
    In 1902, he married seamstress Josephine Fladine Duval.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1883
    Age 0
    Born on January 10, 1883.
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