List of surviving silent film actors

List of surviving silent film actors

Most actors from the silent film era are deceased, but a few still survive. This article deals with the surviving silent film actors or living actors whose first work was in silent films. This list does not include actors from "experimental" attempts at silent films that have been made since the 1950s. As might be expected many, but not all, of the surviving silent film actors were child actors.

The list

"Please note that this list is incomplete as

a) many of the surviving actors or actresses from the silent era do not have their own pages on wikipedia as of yet

b) many simply have short-lived film careers and then disappear from the public eye soon after. Therefore their birth dates are recorded on places such as IMDb but they may or may not be dead and therefore the date of death has never been reported"

*Diana Serra Cary (born 1918) - "Baby Peggy"
*Frank Coghlan Jr. (born 1916) - Child actor appeared in "Gone with the Wind".
*Jean Darling (born 1922) - Silent era "Our Gang" actress.
*Marie Glory (born 1905) - French actress who started in 1924.
*Virginia Davis (born 1918) - Child star, "Alice" in silent-era Disney work of the 1920s.
*Johannes Heesters (born 1903) - In 1924's "Cirque Hollandaise", a silent.
*Pola Illéry (born 1908) - Romanian silent film actress
*Dorothy Janis (born 1910) - Retired actress whose career lasted two years.
*Barbara Kent (born 1906) - Retired in the 1930s, and does not talk about her acting days.
*Carla Laemmle (born 1909) - Niece of Carl Laemmle, who made a few small roles in the 1920s and 1930s.
*Baby Marie (born 1911) - Early child star featured or starring in 29 films.
*Michael D. Moore (born 1914) - Former child actor, went on to become an assistant director.
*Mickey Rooney (born 1920) - Most known in "talkies", but did silent-era short films in the series "Toonerville Folks".
*Miriam Seegar (born 1907) - Started on stage and moved on to silent films before switching to sound film, also in the 2000 documentary "I Used Be in Pictures". [ [ NYTimes filmography] ]
*Lupita Tovar (born 1911) - Appeared in "The Veiled Woman" in 1929.
*Doris Eaton Travis (born 1904) - A former Ziegfeld girl, mostly in theatre, but did also some silent films.
*Coy Watson Jr. (born 1912) - A child actor who debuted at age 9.

Possibly Living

*Adele De Garde (born ca. 1901) - Child actress
*Nina Vanna (born 1902) - Silent film actress who also made one "talkie"


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