Josef Swickard

Highest Rated: 100% Don Juan (1926)
Lowest Rated: 69% The King of Kings (1927)
Birthday: Invalid date
Birthplace: Coblenz, Germany
A distinguished stage actor who had toured with stock companies in Europe, South Africa, and South America, Josef Swickard lent a presence of old world charm to scores of silent films, dramas, and comedies alike, his iron-gray hair and noble bearing awarding him such roles as Rudolf Valentino's father in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), the Duke Della Varnese in Don Juan (1926), and the Spanish land owner in In Old San Francisco (1927), all extant.The brother of actor/director Charles Swickard and the husband of Broadway actress Margaret Campbell, Josef Swickard entered films with D.W. Griffith in 1912 and by 1914 was playing supporting roles for Mack Sennett. Swickard can be seen in Charles Chaplin's Laughing Gas (1914; as one of the patients) and Caught in a Cabaret (1914; as the father). He remained with Sennett until 1917, when the versatile actor settled into his long career of playing mostly aristocratic characters. Swickard weathered the transition to sound but his films were mostly in the low-budget category and included several action serials. In 1939, the veteran actor suffered a terrible tragedy when his former wife, Margaret Campbell, was brutally slain by their son; Swickard, however, did not commit suicide by jumping from the Hollywood sign as reported by several unscrupulous scribes but died from natural causes the following year.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Mexicali Rose Gonzales 1939
91% You Can't Take It With You Professor 1938
No Score Yet The Girl Said No (With Words and Music) Jonesy 1937
No Score Yet Narcotic Federal Narcotic Agent 1937
No Score Yet Under Your Spell Amigo 1936
No Score Yet Caryl of the Mountains Foray 1936
No Score Yet Custer's Last Stand Major Trent 1936
No Score Yet Black Coin Don Pedro 1936
No Score Yet The Crusades Buyer 1935
No Score Yet The Man Who Reclaimed His Head Citizen 1934
No Score Yet The Return of Chandu Chief Yogi 1934
No Score Yet The Lone Defender Juan Valdez 1930
No Score Yet Song of the Caballero Manuel 1930
No Score Yet Old San Francisco Don Vasquez 1927
69% The King of Kings Actor 1927
No Score Yet Señorita Don Francisco Hernandez 1927
100% Don Juan Duke Della Vamese 1926
No Score Yet The Night Patrol John Pendleton 1926
No Score Yet The Wizard of Oz Prime Minister Kruel 1925
No Score Yet The Wizard of Oz (Silent Version and Extras) Actor 1925
No Score Yet Cricket on the Hearth Caleb Plummer 1923
No Score Yet The Young Rajah Narada 1922
No Score Yet The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Marcelo 1921
No Score Yet The Property Man (Charlie on the Boards ) (Getting His Goat ) (Hits of the Past) Assistant Prop Man 1914
No Score Yet Laughing Gas Patient 1914
No Score Yet Caught in a Cabaret Father 1914
No Score Yet Twenty Minutes of Love Pickpocket's Victim 1914
No Score Yet Lash of the Penitentes Actor


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