Raymond Griffith

Highest Rated: 100% The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Birthday: Jan 23, 1895
Birthplace: Not Available
Born into a theatrical family, American actor Raymond Griffith was trained from an early age in the exacting art of pantomime. His ability to convey thoughts and emotions physically came in handy when Griffith went to work in silent pictures in 1914. After an apprenticeship at Vitagraph, Griffith became a staff writer and lead comic at Keystone Studios; his early buffoon roles bear little resemblance to his sleek, sophisticated characterizations of the 1920s. Signed as a supporting actor by Paramount, Griffith gained critical attention by stealing scenes in a series of wry social comedies. While everyone around him concerned themselves with the plotline, the mustachioed, tuxedoed Griffith would sit in a corner, react coolly and agreeably to the events, and then drink another cocktail. Promoted to leading roles, Griffith further developed his implacable, nonchalant characterization in such comedies as Paths to Paradise (1926). Hands Up (1927) is considered Griffith's masterpiece; as a dapper Civil War spy, he responds to the most horrendous of dangers as if calmly ordering breakfast. Offscreen Griffith's take-charge attitude served him well when he became a producer at Warner Bros. and 20th Century-Fox in the 1930s. Griffith was forced to switch from acting to producing in the sound era because he literally had no voice: as a result of straining his vocal chords in childhood, Griffith could barely manage a hoarse whisper. But before retiring from acting, Raymond Griffith was assigned his most famous (albeit uncredited) screen role, as the bayonetted French soldier in All Quiet on the Western Front, whose facial features freeze into a hauntingly quizzical death mask.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
100% The Mark of Zorro Producer 1940
No Score Yet He Married His Wife Producer 1940
82% Drums Along the Mohawk Producer 1939
No Score Yet The Three Musketeers Producer 1939
No Score Yet Hotel for Women Producer 1939
No Score Yet Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Producer 1938
No Score Yet The Baroness and the Butler Producer 1938
No Score Yet Three Blind Mice Producer 1938
No Score Yet Second Honeymoon Producer 1937
100% Heidi Producer 1937
No Score Yet Thin Ice Producer 1937
No Score Yet Seventh Heaven Producer 1937
No Score Yet Girls' Dormitory Producer 1936
No Score Yet Poor Little Rich Girl Producer 1936
No Score Yet Private Number Producer 1936
No Score Yet A Message to Garcia Producer 1936
No Score Yet One in a Million Producer 1936
No Score Yet Advice to the Lovelorn Producer 1935
No Score Yet Cardinal Richelieu Producer 1935
No Score Yet Clive of India Producer 1935
No Score Yet Show Them No Mercy Producer 1935
100% Baby Face Producer 1933
No Score Yet The Little Giant Producer 1933
No Score Yet Picture Snatcher Producer 1933
No Score Yet Elmer, the Great Producer 1933
No Score Yet Ladies They Talk About Producer 1933
No Score Yet Hard to Handle Producer 1933
No Score Yet Frisco Jenny Producer 1933
No Score Yet The Bowery Producer 1933
No Score Yet Voltaire Producer 1933
No Score Yet You Said a Mouthful Producer 1932
No Score Yet The Tenderfoot Producer 1932
No Score Yet Local Boy Makes Good Screenwriter 1931
No Score Yet God's Gift to Women Screenwriter 1931
100% All Quiet on the Western Front Gerard Duval 1930
No Score Yet The Sorrows of Satan Actor 1926
No Score Yet Hands Up Confederate Spy 1926
No Score Yet Paths to Paradise The Dude from Duluth 1925
No Score Yet The Night Club Robert White 1925
No Score Yet Souls for Sale Actor 1923
No Score Yet White Tiger Actor 1923

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