King Baggot

Highest Rated: 100% San Francisco (1936)
Lowest Rated: 100% San Francisco (1936)
Birthday: Invalid date
Birthplace: Not Available
A major figure of the motion picture industry's formative years, American actor/director King Baggot was the son of a prominent St. Louis real estate investor. He intended to become a baseball player, but settled instead for a theatrical career. After a few years as a stock-company juvenile, Baggot scored his first success with the lead in More to Be Pitied Than Scorned. In 1909 Baggot entered films by joining Carl Laemmle's fledgling Universal company. His specialty was virile action roles, but Baggot was also at home with such classics as Ivanhoe (1912); he also thrived in dual roles, examples of which could be found in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1913) and The Corsican Brothers (1915). As age caught up with him, Baggot began concentrating on directing. His most celebrated assignment was William S. Hart's Tumbleweeds, for which Baggot and Hart shared directorial credit. Returning to acting as "King Baggott," he was reduced to bit roles in features (a doorman in Topaze [1933], a gambler in Mississippi [1935]) and supporting parts in such cheap two-reelers as Harry Langdon's The Big Flash (1932). In 1933, Baggot was one of several silent-film veterans to be awarded a lifetime contract by MGM -- a symbolic gesture at best, since he was seldom seen in a sizeable part and drew a meager weekly salary of 75 dollars. The name of King Baggot has been perpetuated by his namesake grandson, a prolific cameraman of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

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Filmography

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CREDIT
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello in Hollywood Actor 1945
No Score Yet Come Live with Me Doorman 1941
No Score Yet The Emperor's Candlesticks Customs Official 1937
100% San Francisco Earthquake Extra 1936
No Score Yet Mississippi 1st Gambler 1935
No Score Yet Only Yesterday Actor 1933
No Score Yet Secrets Actor 1933
No Score Yet The Death Kiss Al Payne 1932
No Score Yet Hello Trouble Actor 1932
No Score Yet Police Court Henry Field 1932
No Score Yet The Notorious Lady Director Actor 1927
100% Tumbleweeds Director Actor 1925
No Score Yet Ivanhoe Wilfred of Ivanhoe 1913
No Score Yet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Actor 1912

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