American leading man of silent film Cullen Landis came to Hollywood in 1917 after a theatrical career. Originally, he planned on becoming a director, but then became a somewhat successful leading man in over 100 films, most of them romances and domestic melodramas, opposite some of the industry's brightest female stars. Occasionally he also starred in action films and serials. In 1928, Landis starred in Warner Bros. first feature-length talkie Lights of New York. Shortly after, Landis moved to Detroit where he began directing and producing industrial films for auto-makers. He made combat and training films for the military in the South Pacific during WW II, and then later made documentaries in the Middle East.