Francis X. Bushman

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Francis Xavier Bushman (January 10, 1883 – August 23, 1966) was an American film actor and director.wikipedia
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Essanay Studios

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He was performing at Broncho Billy Anderson's Essanay Studios in Chicago, Illinois, where he was first noticed for his muscular, sculpted frame.
Essanay produced silent films with such stars (and stars of the future) as George Periolat, Ben Turpin, Wallace Beery, Thomas Meighan, Colleen Moore, Francis X. Bushman, Gloria Swanson, Ann Little, Helen Dunbar, Lester Cuneo, Florence Oberle, Lewis Stone, Virginia Valli, Edward Arnold, Edmund Cobb and Rod La Rocque.

Beverly Bayne

In 1918, he was the subject of a national scandal as his affair with longtime costar Beverly Bayne became public.
Other actors on the lot were Wallace Beery, Charlie Chaplin, and Francis X. Bushman.

Bodybuilding

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As a young man Bushman joined the Maryland Athletic Club and began a body building regimen that would give him his famous film physique.
Actor Francis X. Bushman, who was a disciple of Sandow, started his career as a bodybuilder and sculptor's model before beginning his famous silent movie career.

Metro Pictures

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He also worked for the Vitagraph studio before signing with Metro in 1915.
Metro's biggest stars during the World War I period were the romantic teams of Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne and Harold Lockwood and May Allison.

Matinée idol

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His career as a matinee idol started in 1911 in the silent film His Friend's Wife. He gained a large female following and was one of the biggest stars of the 1910s and early 1920s.
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Vitagraph Studios

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He also worked for the Vitagraph studio before signing with Metro in 1915.
It includes a very detailed history of Vitagraph and a lengthy list of people who had been in the Vitagraph Family which included Billy Anderson, Florence Lawrence, Florence Turner, Richard Barthelmess, John Bunny, Francis X. Bushman, Dolores Costello, Maurice Costello, Sidney Drew, Dustin Farnum, Flora Finch, Hoot Gibson, Corinne Griffith, Alan Hale, Oliver Hardy, Mildred Harris, Hedda Hopper, Rex Ingram, Alice Joyce, Boris Karloff, J. Warren Kerrigan, Rod La Rocque, E.K. Lincoln, Bessie Love, May McAvoy, Victor McLaglen, Adolphe Menjou, Antonio Moreno, Conrad Nagel, Mabel Normand, Lottie Pickford, Billy Quirk, Wallace Reid, May Robson, Wesley Ruggles, George Stevens, Anita Stewart, Constance Talmadge, Natalie Talmadge, Norma Talmadge, William Desmond Taylor, Alice Terry, George Terwilliger, Florence Vidor, Earle Williams, Clara Kimball Young, and hundreds of other people are listed.

His Friend's Wife

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His career as a matinee idol started in 1911 in the silent film His Friend's Wife. He gained a large female following and was one of the biggest stars of the 1910s and early 1920s.
It is the film debut of Francis X. Bushman.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

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Bushman was paid large salaries during his screen career, and donated the land upon which Sid Grauman erected his famous Chinese Theater.
After his success with the Egyptian Theatre, Sid Grauman turned to Charles E. Toberman to secure a long-term lease from Francis X. Bushman on property at 6925 Hollywood Blvd., the site of Bushman's mansion.

Messala (Ben-Hur)

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The crowd gave the studio executives an impression that Bushman was very popular and cast him as Messala.
In the 1925 silent film Messala was portrayed by Francis X. Bushman as an ambitious and ruthless Roman who ceased to care for Ben-Hur long before being reunited with him.

Robert Cummings

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Robert Cummings rounded out the cast.
Cummings played the role of David Adair, opposite Richard Cromwell, Francis X. Bushman, and Nan Grey.

Francis X. Bushman filmography

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This page is devoted to the film and television work of Francis X. Bushman.

Harry Reichenbach

Bushman eventually retained the talented services of Harry Reichenbach as his agent.
When Reichenbach was working for actor Francis X. Bushman, he took him to see studio executives.

You Bet Your Life

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On February 6, 1958, he and his wife Iva Millicient Richardson appeared on the quiz show You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx and won $1,000 by successfully answering questions in a geography quiz.
On February 6, 1958, silent-film star Francis X. Bushman and his wife Iva Millicient Richardson appeared on the show and won $1,000 by successfully answering questions in a geography quiz.

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925 film)

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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.
Francis X. Bushman as Messala

Pat Conway

A grandson, Pat Conway (1931–1981), the son of film director Jack Conway and Bushman's daughter, Virginia, starred on the ABC western television series Tombstone Territory.
He was a maternal grandson of silent film star Francis X. Bushman (1883–1966).

Francis X. Bushman Jr.

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His son Ralph Everly Bushman (1903–1978) had a film career from the 1920s through the 1940s.
The son of notable silent film star Francis X. Bushman and Josephine Fladung Duval, he was born in Baltimore, Maryland and died in Los Angeles, California at age 74.

The Grip of the Yukon

Both Bushman and Neil Hamilton, his co-star in The Grip of the Yukon, appeared in the Batman episode—their first reunion acting together in 38 years.
The film starred Francis X. Bushman and Neil Hamilton, and is based on a story by William MacLeod Raine, "The Yukon Trail, A Tale of the North".

Harry Morgan

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Francis Bushman's granddaughter, Barbara Bushman Quine, married actor Harry Morgan.
He then married Barbara Bushman Quine (granddaughter of silent film star Francis X. Bushman) on December 17, 1986.

Silent film

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His career as a matinee idol started in 1911 in the silent film His Friend's Wife. He gained a large female following and was one of the biggest stars of the 1910s and early 1920s.

Broncho Billy Anderson

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He was performing at Broncho Billy Anderson's Essanay Studios in Chicago, Illinois, where he was first noticed for his muscular, sculpted frame.

Chicago

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He was performing at Broncho Billy Anderson's Essanay Studios in Chicago, Illinois, where he was first noticed for his muscular, sculpted frame.

Film

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He appeared in nearly 200 feature film roles—more than 175 films before 1920, and 17 in his screen debut year of 1911 alone.

Baltimore

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He was born in Baltimore, Maryland.

Regimen

As a young man Bushman joined the Maryland Athletic Club and began a body building regimen that would give him his famous film physique.

Eugen Sandow

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He cited Eugen Sandow as one of his body building influences.