Wallace Reid

Wallace Reid

  • Highest Rated: 98% The Birth of a Nation (1915)
  • Lowest Rated: 97% Intolerance (1916)
  • Birthday: Apr 15, 1891
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The son of actor/playwright Hal Reid and actress Bertha Westbrook, Wallace Reid made his stage debut at age four, playing a little girl in Reid Sr.'s Slaves of Gold. After attending prep school in Pennsylvania and military school in New Jersey, the younger Reid worked as a Wyoming ranch hand and cub newspaper reporter. In 1910 he landed a job with the Selig Polyscope Film Company, hoping to eventually become a cameraman. Over the next three years he worked as a gopher, production assistant, and screenwriter, but it was as a leading man that he found lasting success. While starring in two-reelers at Mutual, he took a pay cut for the privilege of working under director D.W. Griffith, appearing in the brief but telling role as Jeff the Blacksmith in The Birth of a Nation (1915). It didn't take long before he was firmly established as Paramount Pictures' top male screen personality, starring in one breezy vehicle after another, usually playing an all-American go-getter. He did some of his best work in the films of Cecil B. DeMille, appearing with such luminaries as Geraldine Farrar and Gloria Swanson. While filming Valley of the Giants on location in 1919, he was seriously injured in an on-set mishap. To ease his pain, the studio doctor pumped the young actor full of morphine. Within a few months after this incident he was inextricably addicted to morphine, drinking heavily to counteract the drug's after-effects. Upon the completion of his eight-picture contract in 1922, Reid went public with the story of his addiction, entering a Los Angeles sanitarium in hopes of being cured. But it was too late; by early 1923 Wallace Reid was dead at the age of 31. He was survived by his wife, actress Dorothy Davenport, and his son Wallace Reid Jr.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

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No Score Yet Clarence Clarence Smith 1922
No Score Yet Thirty Days John Ford 1922
No Score Yet The Affairs of Anatol Anatole DeWitt Spencer 1921
No Score Yet Hawthorne of the USA Anthony Hamilton Hawthorne 1919
No Score Yet The Roaring Road Toodles Waldron 1919
No Score Yet The Woman God Forgot Alvarado 1917
No Score Yet Joan the Woman Eric Trent 1916
97% Intolerance A Boy Killed in the Fighting 1916
No Score Yet Maria Rosa Actor 1916
No Score Yet Carmen Don Jose 1915
98% The Birth of a Nation Jeff the blacksmith 1915
No Score Yet Old Heidelberg Karl Heinrich 1915
No Score Yet The Golden Chance Roger Manning 1915
No Score Yet Enoch Arden Walter Fenn 1915

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