Lowell Sherman

Lowell Sherman

Highest Rated: 94% Way Down East (1920)

Lowest Rated: 70% Morning Glory (1933)

Birthday: Oct 11, 1885

Birthplace: Not Available

Descended from an old and venerated acting family, Lowell Sherman toted up several impressive Broadway credits in the years prior to 1920. Matinee-idol handsome, Sherman enjoyed playing rakish society types, the sort who loved 'em and left 'em, but always with a touch of class. His first film role, in D.W. Griffith's Way Down East, was an extension of Sherman's caddish stage persona. In 1930, Sherman became a director as well as an actor, turning out such sophisticated sex farces as Bachelor Apartment (1931) and The Greeks Had a Word for Them (1933), in which double entendres and knowing glances were the order of the day. His most famous directorial effort was Mae West's box-office triumph She Done Him Wrong (1932). The only post-1931 film in which Sherman acted but did not direct was George Cukor's What Price Hollywood (1932). It is said that Sherman based his portrayal of an alcoholic show business has-been in this film on his own brother-in-law, John Barrymore (at the time, Sherman was married to Helene Costello, the sister of Barrymore's then-wife Dolores Costello). Lowell Sherman died in the last week of 1934, while directing the first three-strip Technicolor feature, Becky Sharp; according to his friend James Cagney, it was Sherman's addiction to cigarettes that did him in.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Night Life of the Gods Director 1935
No Score Yet Born to Be Bad Director 1934
70% Morning Glory Director 1933
91% She Done Him Wrong Director 1933
No Score Yet The Greeks Had a Word for Them (Three Broadway Girls) Director Boris Feldman 1932
No Score Yet What Price Hollywood? Maximilian Carey 1932
No Score Yet False Faces Director Dr. Silas Brenton Producer 1932
No Score Yet Three Broadway Girls Director Boris Feldman 1932
No Score Yet The Stolen Jools Actor 1931
No Score Yet The Royal Bed The King Director 1931
No Score Yet Bachelor Apartment Director Wayne Carter 1931
No Score Yet The Pay Off Director Gene Fenmore 1930
No Score Yet Ladies of Leisure Bill Standish 1930
No Score Yet Mammy Westy 1930
No Score Yet A Lady of Chance Bradley 1928
No Score Yet The Garden of Eden Henri D'Avril 1928
No Score Yet Monsieur Beaucaire Louis XV 1924
No Score Yet The Face in the Fog Count Orloff 1922
94% Way Down East Lennox Sanderson 1920
No Score Yet Behind the Scenes Actor 1914


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