Thomas Meighan

1879 - 1936

The actor Thomas Meighan belonged to the great American silent movie stars of the 10s and 20s who fell into oblivion today unfortunately.

Thomas Meighan first wanted to study medicine but finally he decided to become an actor and he made his first acting experiences at Henrietta Crosman's Pittsburgh Company. There he earned $35.- per week at the beginning, later as a movie star he earned till $10'000.- per week.

In the course of time Thomas Meighan became established in the world of the theater and he was also successful on Broadway. To these plays belong "The Dictator" (08) and "The College Widow" (09). At that time he met the actress Frances Ring and they got married in 1909.

After he came in contact with the film business for the first time in 1911 with his appearance in "The Ne'er Do Well" (11) he decided few years later to concentrate to the film, a decision he never had to regret.

He soon became a demanded leading actor and the great director Cecil B. DeMille worked together with him several times over the years. 
To Thomas Meighan's well-known movies of the 10s belong "Blackbirds" (15), "Kindling" (15), "The Immigrant" (15), "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" (16), "The Clown" (16), "Sapho" (17), "The Silent Partner" (17), "The Land of Promise" (17), "Eve's Daughter" (18), "Hearts of the Wilds" (18), "The Forbidden City" (18), "The Thunderbolt" (19), "The Miracle Man" (19) and "Male and Female" (19).

Thomas Meighan took part again in numerous popular productions during the 20s and he played together with many great female stars of that time.
To his most popular movies of those years belong "Civilan Clothes" (20), "White and Unmarried" (21), "Our Leading Citizen" (22), "Manslaughter" (22), "Woman-Proof" (23), "Pied Piper Malone" (24), "The Alaskan" (24), "The Man Who Found Himself" (25), "Tin Gods" (26), "Blind Alleys" (27) and "The Racket" (28).

The end of the silent film era also marked the end of his film career.
He only appeared sporadically in front of the camera during the 30s and his roles became smaller.
To his last movies belong "Young Sinners" (31), "Cheaters at Play" (32) and "Peck's Bad Boy" (34).

With the mark of cancer Thomas Meighan died in 1936 at the age of 57.

To the sentational events of the American silent movie era also belonged the secret marriage between the movie stars Olive Thomas and Jack Pickford. The only attendee and witness was Thomas Meighan. 

Other movies with Thomas Meighan: 
Danny Donovan, the GentlemanCracksman (14) The Fighting Hope (15) Out of the Darkness (15) The Secret Sin (15) Armstrong's Wife (15) Pudd'nhead Wilson (16) The Sowers (16) The Dupe (16) Common Ground (16) The Storm (16) The Heir to the Hoorah (16) The Slave Market (17) Sleeping Fires (17) Her Better Self (17) The  Mysterious Miss Terry (17) Arms and the Girl (17) Madame Jealousy (18) M'Liss (18) Missing (18) In Pursuit of Polly (18) Out of a Clear Sky (18) Peg o' My Heart (19) The Heart of Wetona (19) The Probation Wife (19) Why Change Your Wife? (20) The Prince Chap (20) Conrad in Quest of His Youth (20) Frontier of the Stars (21) The Easy Road (21) The City of Silent Men (21) The Conquest of Canaan (21) Cappy Ricks (21) A Prince There Was (21) Gloria Swanson and Thomas Meighan (22) The Bachelor Daddy (22) If You Believe It, It's So (22) The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (22) Back Home and Broke (22) The Ne'er-Do-Well (23) Homeward Bound (23) The Confidence Man (24) Tongues of Flame (24) Coming Through (25) Old Home Week (25) Irish Luck (25) The New Klondike (26) The Canadian (26) We're All Gamblers (27) The City Gone Wild (27) The Mating Call (28) The Argyle Case (29) Skyline (31) Madison Sq. Garden (32)