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) [1]
Children Wallace Worsley, Jr. (1908-91)[2]
Paul B. Worsley (1920-33) [3]

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) is one of his best-known works and along with The Penalty (1920), enjoys good exposure on home video and DVD. Worsley's 1922 horror film A Blind Bargain with Chaney is one of the most sought after lost films.

Early life

Worsley was born in Wappingers Falls, New York, the only surviving of two children, to first-generation Americans,[4] Ashley Worsley, a civil engineer,[5] born in Rhode Island, and Maria Goring, born in New York. Both pairs of his grandparents emigrated from England to the United States prior to the turn of the twentieth century.

Personal life

Worsley married Indiana-born actress, Julia Marie Taylor, on September 18, 1904.[6] Amongst Julia's film credits is the title role of Juliet in the 1911 short, Romeo and Juliet,[7] 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,[8] and Paul Brackenride Worsley (1920-1933), who predeceased his parents at the age of 12.

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 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

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


  1. ^ Julia Marie Taylor Worsley at Find a Grave
  2. ^ Wallace Worsley, Jr at Find a Grave
  3. ^ Paul Brackenride Worsley at Find a Grave
  4. ^ "Ashley Worsley", United States Census, 1880; Wappinger, New York; roll 7-296, page 54, line 30, National Archives film number T9. Retrieved on 2016-06-28.
  5. ^ "Ashley Worsley", United States Census, 1900; District of Columbia, Washington; roll 7-224, page 24, line 86, National Archives film number T623. Retrieved on 2016-06-28.
  6. ^ Biography for Wallace Worsley on IMDb
  7. ^ Julia M. Taylor on IMDb
  8. ^ Wallace Worsley Jr. on IMDb

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