John Gilbert (a.k.a. The Great Lover of the Silver Screen) was born John Cecil Pringle July 10, 1899, in Logan, Utah. The son of an actress, he made his first stage appearance as an infant and played an extra in films during his adolescence. The Merry Widow launched him to fame in 1925, and by 1928 he was the highest paid actor in Hollywood. He is best known for his starring role in The Big Parade, the most successful film of the silent era, and, in fact, the most successful film until Gone with the Wind. He made nearly one hundred films before his untimely death in 1936. His page-turning biography, Dark Star, by Leatrice Gilbert Fountain, is sold at Amazon.com.
Flesh and the Devil; La Boheme; Monte Cristo; Downstairs; Love; A Woman of Affairs; Queen Christina; Desert Nights; Way for a Sailor; Twelve Miles Out; He Who Gets Slapped; The Phantom of Paris; and Man, Woman and Sin are some of his greatest films still in existence. His complete filmography is available at The Silents Majority: Online Journal of Silent Film.
To make a request to see one or more of his films on TV, contact Turner Classic Movies at http://TCM.turner.com/REQUEST.
All John Gilbert Appreciation Society members (and those interested in seeking information about the club) should contact the president, Sheryl Stinchcum, at the following e-mail address:
Copyright 1999 Sheryl Stinchcum.