Wallace Worsley

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Wallace Worsley
Holt-Worsley-Schoenbaum in Nobody's Money.jpg
Jack Holt, Wallace Worsley, and Charles Schoenbaum on the set of Nobody's Money (1923)
Born Wallace Ashley Worsley
(1878-12-08)December 8, 1878
Wappingers Falls, New York
Died March 26, 1944(1944-03-26) (aged 65)
Hollywood, California
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Occupation film director
Years active 19181928
Spouse(s) Julia M. Taylor (1878–1976)
Children 2

Wallace A. Worsley, Sr. (December 8, 1878 – March 26, 1944) was an American stage actor who became a film director in the silent era. During his career, Worsley directed 29 films and acted in 7 films. He directed several motion pictures starring Lon Chaney Sr., and his professional relationship with the actor was the best Chaney had, second to his partnership with Tod Browning.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), along with The Penalty (1920). Worsley's 1922 horror film A Blind Bargain with Chaney is one of the most sought after lost films.[1]

Personal life

Worsley married Indiana-born actress, Julia Marie Taylor, on September 18, 1904. Amongst Julia's film credits is the title role of Juliet in the 1911 short, Romeo and Juliet, directed by Barry O'Neil, considered to be the first attempt to distill the entire Shakespeare narrative into a single film. Together, they had two sons, Wallace Worsley, Jr. (1908-1991), an assistant director and production manager whose career spanned nearly six decades and included The Wizard of Oz and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Paul Brackenride Worsley (1920-1933).

Selected filmography

Year Title Role
1917 Borrowed Plumage Sir Charles Broome
1917 Alimony John Flint
1918 A Man's Man Henry Jenks
1918 Madam Who? Albert Lockhart
1918 The Goddess of Lost Lake Director
1919 Diane of the Green Van Director
1919 Playthings of Passion Director
1919 A Woman of Pleasure Director
1920/I The Penalty Director
1921 The Ace of Hearts Director
1921 Voices of the City Director
1922 A Blind Bargain Director
1922 Enter Madame Director
1923 A Man's Man Henry Jenks
1923 Nobody's Money Director
1923 Is Divorce a Failure? Director
1923 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Director
1924 The Man Who Fights Alone Director
1926 Shadow of the Law Director


  1. ^ Lon Chaney Archive

External links

  • Wallace Worsley on IMDb
  • Wallace Worsley at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Wallace Worsley as an actor on Broadway; photo from NYP Library
  • Wallace Worsley gravesite at Findagrave

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