|THE INTERNATIONAL SILENT MOVIE|
1875 - 1969
The actor Lewis Casson did not begin his professional life as an actor but learnt the profession of a teacher, later he worked several years as an organ builder for his father's company.
But the acting fascinated him early and he already appeared in an amateuer
production in his youth.
Finally he changed to the theater group of Annie Horniman and appeared at the Gaiety Theatre. There he met the actress Sybil Thorndike and they got married.
With the outbreak of World War I he volunteered for the army where he rose to a major by the Royal Engineers. When he was wounded he was released and he spent the last period of the war as a secretary for the Chemical Warfare Committee - an engagement he regretted later because they also produced poison gas.
He was able to continue his stage career after the war but later he
changed to the field of direction in order to support the very successful
career of his wife.
he made his film debut as Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice" (27) -
shis only silent movie.
After the war came only few more movies into being, among them "The Winslow Boy" (48), "Shake Hands with the Devil" (59) with James Cagney and "Uncle Vanya" (63) with Michael Redgrave.
Lewis Casson was knighted in 1945.
Other movies with Lewis Casson: