Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Born Today August 8: E. K. Lincoln


Silent film actor and sometime director E.K. (Edward Kline) Lincoln was born on this day in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.   Lincoln started out as a stage actor.  The first film that he appeared in was The Loyalty of Sylvia in 1912.  All of his acting career occurred in the silent era. He made his directorial debut in 1922 with Man Of Courage, in which he also starred.  By this time, he was a big enough star to be featured in Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 13 (1922).  After 1922, his acting career began to wind down considerably; with his final retirement from acting in 1925.  The last film that he appeared in was My Neighbors Wife (1925).  During his tenure as an actor, he was also responsible for building a film studio in Grantwood, New Jersey.  I cannot find any information has to what he did after he quit film acting, but two real possibilities are 1) a studio executive (he certainly would not be the first to make the transition successfully), or 2) a return to stage acting.  What ever the case, he remained in California up until the time of his death on 9 January 1958 in Los Angeles at the age of 73.  He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.

The Grantwood Studio

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