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|Aliases||Wallace A. Worsley, Sr.|
|Place of birth||Wappingers Falls, New York|
|Date of birth||December 8th, 1878|
|Date of death||March 26th, 1944|
|First appearance||A Blind Bargain (1922)|
Wallace A. Worsley, Sr. was an American filmmaker, director and stage actor born in Wappingers Falls, New York on December 8th, 1878. He worked as an actor on broadway in his youth before turning towards film work during the early days of the silent era. His earliest known professional work came in 1917 when Worsley played a character named Curt Schrieber in Paws of the Bear. Between 1917 and 1923, Worsley starred in eight films including 1918's An Alien Enemy, which also marked his directorial debut.
As a director, Worsley helmed twenty-nine films between 1918 and 1928, often working alongside actors such as Lon Chaney, whom he developed a good professional relationship with. Worsleys' first work in the horror genre was the 1922 movie A Blind Bargain, which was based on an 1897 novel by Barry Pain. The film starred Lon Chaney in the dual roles of mad scientist Doctor Arthur Lamb, and his unnamed apish assistant.
Worsley and Chaney would work together again on The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Universal Pictures in 1923. Considered a seminal piece of cinematic artistry, it is considered one of the earliest films of the horror genre and is arguably the most instrumental work of both Worsley and Chaney.
Body of work Edit
|A Blind Bargain||1922||Director|
|The Hunchback of Notre Dame||1923||Director|
Notes & Trivia Edit
- Wallace Worsley was born the same year as John S. Robertson, who directed the first film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novel Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
- Worsley's son, Wallace Worsley, Jr. (1908-1991) went on to become a film and television director, produer, writer, production manager and script editor.