Hobart Bosworth

Hobart Bosworth

Highest Rated: 100% One Foot in Heaven (1941)

Lowest Rated: 82% They Died With Their Boots On (1941)

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A major influence on the establishment of Southern California as the film capital of the world, veteran stage actor Hobart Bosworth was often called the "Dean of Hollywood." A star on Broadway in the late 19th century (Hedda Gabler, opposite Mrs. Fiske, Martha of the Lowlands, with Emily Wakeman), Bosworth entered the silent drama with the Selig Polyscope Company after losing his voice in 1908. He led the Selig company to Los Angeles the following years and was credited with starring in the first film to be shot on the West Coast, the 1,000-feet-long In the Sultan's Power (1909). With the goal of filming a series of Jack London melodramas, Hobart Bosworth founded his own company, Bosworth, Inc., in 1913. He both directed and starred in the company's initial production, a seven-reel version of The Sea Wolf (1913) filmed at Truckee, CA, and went on to produce and star in John Barleycorn (1913), The Valley of the Moon (1914), and Martin Eden (1914). By then actress/screenwriter/director Lois Weber and her husband Phillips Smalley had joined the company roster, which also included leading ladies Myrtle Stedman, Fritzi Scheff, and Elsie Janis. Distributing through newcomer Paramount, Bosworth became associated with the Oliver Morosco Photoplay Company, whose facility on 201 North Occidental Boulevard near downtown Los Angeles became his headquarters. Morosco and Bosworth both became part of Paramount in 1916 and Hobart Bosworth drifted into supporting roles.Making his sound film debut in the Vitaphone short subject A Man of Peace in 1928, Hobart Bosworth went on to enjoy a long career as a character actor in B-Westerns and serials, usually playing the kind, fatherly type but once in a while cast against type as a dyed-in-the-wool Boss Villain. He could still demand prominent billing but the films themselves were usually Poverty Row quickies and few moviegoers were aware of his erstwhile fame. Almost indefatigable, the veteran actor remained in films until shortly before his death from pneumonia in December of 1943.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Phantom Express President Harrington 2032
No Score Yet Behind The Door Actor 2012
No Score Yet The Gay Sisters Clergyman 1942
No Score Yet I Was Framed D.L. Wallace 1942
100% One Foot in Heaven Richard Hardy Case 1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On Clergyman 1941
No Score Yet The Body Disappears Judge Manton 1941
No Score Yet Rollin' Plains Gospel Moody 1938
No Score Yet King of the Sierras Uncle Hank 1938
No Score Yet General Spanky Col. Blanchard 1936
No Score Yet The Dark Hour Charles Carson 1936
100% The Crusades Frederick of Germany 1935
No Score Yet Steamboat Round The Bend Chaplain 1935
No Score Yet Music in the Air Cornelius 1934
100% Lady for a Day Governor 1933
No Score Yet Million Dollar Legs Olympics Official Starter 1932
No Score Yet Carnival Boat Jim Gannon 1932
No Score Yet The Last of the Mohicans Actor 1932
No Score Yet Dirigible Louis Rondelle 1931
No Score Yet Sit Tight Walter Dunlap 1931
No Score Yet This Modern Age Mr. Blake 1931
No Score Yet Just Imagine Z-4 1930
82% Abraham Lincoln Gen. Robert E. Lee 1930
No Score Yet The Devil's Holiday Ezra Stone 1930
No Score Yet Mammy Meadows 1930
No Score Yet Du Barry Cosse de Brissac 1930
No Score Yet The Show Of Shows Actor 1929
No Score Yet Eternal Love Rev. Tass 1929
No Score Yet A Woman of Affairs Sir Morton Holderness 1928
No Score Yet Hangman's House James O'Brien 1928
No Score Yet The Smart Set Durant 1928
No Score Yet My Best Girl Robert Merrill 1927
No Score Yet Annie Laurie The MacDonald Chieftain 1927
No Score Yet Spangles Actor 1926
No Score Yet The Nervous Wreck Jud Morgan 1926
100% The Big Parade Mr. Apperson 1925
No Score Yet Through the Dark Warden 1924
No Score Yet Souls for Sale Actor 1923
No Score Yet Little Church Around the Corner Motion 1923
No Score Yet The Sea Lion Nels Nelson Producer 1921
No Score Yet The Woman God Forgot Cortez 1917
No Score Yet The Little American Commander 1917
No Score Yet A Mormon Maid John Hogue 1917
No Score Yet Joan the Woman Gen. La Hire 1916
No Score Yet Hypocrites Producer 1915
No Score Yet The Count of Monte Cristo Actor 1912
No Score Yet The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Wizard of Oz/King 1910


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