List of surviving silent film actors

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This article lists the known confirmed surviving actors and actresses that started in or appeared in silent film, including those with uncredited roles. The first sound film, The Jazz Singer, was released in 1927 and the silent film era ended in about 1929.[1] All of the surviving silent actors were child actors.

Living silent film actors

16 actors

Name Date of birth and age Notes
Mary Carlisle (1914-02-03) February 3, 1914 (age 104) American actress who had a small role in the 1923 film Long Live the King with Jackie Coogan, her only silent film appearance.[2]
Sumiko Mizukubo (1916-10-10) October 10, 1916 (age 101) Japanese actress who appeared in Japanese silent films in the last years of the era
Don Marion (1917-10-09) October 9, 1917 (age 100) American child actor who appeared in silent films between 1919 and 1925. He was often billed as John Henry, Jr.[3][4]
Fay McKenzie (1918-02-19) February 19, 1918 (age 100) American actress who appeared in her first film in 1918, at the age of ten weeks. Was in five more silent films from the age of 3 to 8.[5]
Diana Serra Cary (1918-10-29) October 29, 1918 (age 99) American child star under the name "Baby Peggy". Her first movie was in 1921. One of the two most popular child actors of her era, along with Jackie Coogan.[6] Had a less successful career as an adult actor.[7]
Dorothy Morrison (1919-01-03) January 3, 1919 (age 99) American child actress who appeared in three Our Gang silent films, and one Charley Chase short. Her first movie was in 1923.[8]
Silas Hathaway (1919-03-09) March 9, 1919 (age 99) American child actor who appeared in Charlie Chaplin's The Kid (1921), playing the title character as a baby[9]
Louise Watson (1919-11-22) November 22, 1919 (age 98) American child actress who debuted in 1925.[1] Along with Billy and Garry, she is one of the last of nine Watson siblings.
Jack C. Edwards (IMDb) (1920-09-26) September 26, 1920 (age 97) American silent film actor who appeared in three silent films, two of them with Harold Lloyd[10]
Billy Watson (1923-12-25) December 25, 1923 (age 94) American child actor who debuted in 1925.[2] Along with Louise and Garry, he is one of the last of nine Watson siblings.
Kathleen O'Malley (1924-03-31) March 31, 1924 (age 94) American actress who made her screen debut as an infant in the 1926 film My Old Dutch.[11]
Donnie 'Beezer' Smith (1924-09-17) September 17, 1924 (age 93) American child actor who debuted in 1928 and also appeared in several Our Gang films.
Petra Unkel (1925-03-03) March 3, 1925 (age 93) Hungarian-born German actress who appeared in the 1929 German film Napoleon at Saint Helena.
Mildred Kornman (1925-07-10) July 10, 1925 (age 92) American child actress who appeared in eighteen silent Our Gang films as an extra.[12]
Garry Watson (1928-09-27) September 27, 1928 (age 89) American child actor who debuted in 1929.[3] Along with Louise and Billy, he is one of the last of nine Watson siblings. He debuted in the film Drag. The film was long thought to be a lost film but was later rediscovered. The film originally had two versions, a sound version and a silent version. He had other silent film appearances in The Isle of Lost Ships and Love, Live and Laugh.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Pierce, David. The Survival of American Silent Feature Films, 1896–1929. Library of Congress, 2005. ISBN 978-1932326390
  2. ^ "Mary didn't need an agent". Eugene Register-Guard, June 11, 1939. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Two Sennett Comedies". Los Angeles Times. November 9, 1919. p. 43. Retrieved October 3, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Tucson's centenarians are an optimistic, active and growing group". May 5, 2017. Retrieved October 3, 2017. 
  5. ^ Western Clippings
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  7. ^ "Era of child stars is returning". Reading Eagle. June 20, 1978. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Dorothy Morrison Green, silent film actress". NBC Los Angeles. December 9, 2011. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "'I spent most of my life as a nobody': the last of the silent movie stars". The Guardian. May 23, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  11. ^ My Old Dutch. The American Film Institute. 1997. ISBN 9780520209695. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ Silent Stars Speak: Interviews with Twelve Cinema Pioneers

External links

  • "Living Silent Film Stars", accessed March 13, 2010.
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