Contents 1 Beginnings 2 Career 2.1 Early career 2.2 Fox 2.3 Goldwyn 2.4 Ben-Hur 2.5 After Ben-Hur 3 Later career 4 After Hollywood 5 Death 6 Selected filmography 7 External links


Beginnings[edit] This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (June 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Born George Frederick Walsh in Manhattan before New York City was consolidated to Catholic parents of Irish descent. He was the middle child of three siblings. (His older brother was the prolific film director, Raoul Walsh.) At age 16, he was already accomplished at a variety of sports. While studying law, at Fordham and Georgetown Universities, his skill on the football field was such that he became a minor celebrity. He was also briefly with the Brooklyn Dodgers.


Career[edit] This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (June 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Early career[edit] While recuperating in California from an injury in late 1914, he entered motion pictures (thanks to Raoul) when he was engaged as an extra for D. W. Griffith’s epic The Birth of a Nation (1915). Various bit parts followed, until a small role in The Fencing Master (1915) proved he was capable. Griffith’s confidence in him was such that he included George in an important scene in his masterpiece, Intolerance (1916). While a cast member he met his first wife, the beautiful actress Seena Owen. Fox[edit] Walsh proved himself at Reliance/Majestic on the west coast and moved to the newly established Fox Film Corporation on the east coast, becoming a serious rival to Douglas Fairbanks there, as well as a national and international star. His output for the studio was characterized by daring stunts, fights, dramatic pursuits, and happy endings with his female co-stars. He also perfected his comedy timing and learned how to get laughs, though it was far from amusing when he quarreled with William Fox about his salary and departed towards the end of 1920. Two years of ups and downs followed which included Serenade (1921), alongside his sister-in-law, Miriam Cooper; varied personal appearances; vaudeville; an unpleasant divorce trial; and an 18-episode historical serial, entitled With Stanley in Africa (1922). A Fox Luck and Pluck (1919) advert Promotional poster for With Stanley in Africa (1922) Goldwyn[edit] A single-picture deal Vanity Fair (1923), at Goldwyn Pictures Corporation, led to a long contract and a quick shift from supporting characters to leads. He cemented his return to the big time with the role of Don Diego, opposite Mary Pickford, in Rosita (1923). (Global audiences saw "America’s Sweetheart" get her first grown-up kiss from Walsh in the Ernst Lubitsch-directed vehicle.) More spectacular still was the announcement that June Mathis had selected him to portray Judah Ben-Hur, in the planned picturization of the classic story of Ben-Hur, by Lew Wallace. Ben-Hur[edit] The word "fiasco" has been attached to Ben-Hur (1925). Early to mid-production was hampered by problems, on location in Italy and in Hollywood – particularly the sudden merger of Goldwyn with Metro, in spring of 1924, to form Metro-Goldwyn (soon afterwards Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). Despite Mathis’ belief, a strong track record, and his physical suitability, George Walsh was unceremoniously cast aside (in favor of Ramon Novarro), as were June Mathis herself and the director, Charles Brabin. Following the devastating news -- from co-star and friend Francis X. Bushman -- George was soon on his way back to the United States. He would remain vexed that newly formed MGM did little to combat rumors he had not been up to standard. A pre-production image of George in Ben-Hur (1925) before he was replaced by Ramon Novarro. After Ben-Hur[edit] Despite the loss of the part of a lifetime, George Walsh’s following enabled him to secure a deal with I. E. Chadwick’s independent company (Lionel Barrymore’s employer at the time). From 1925-1926 he was cast in a series of Fox-like entertainments, most of which were well-received and popular. However, broken promises prompted Walsh’s departure for the lower profile, but industrious, Excellent Pictures Corporation. While there, he appeared in several economically produced silents, including The Kick-Off (1926), Broadway Drifter (1927), His Rise to Fame (1927), and Inspiration (1928).


Later career[edit] This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (June 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) It was not until 1932 that George Walsh appeared in a talkie, when his brother revived his career by casting him as a criminal in Me and My Gal (1932), with Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett. The part of ‘Duke’ Castenega convinced himself and others there was life in him yet, and for the next four years he kept busy as a supporting actor and bit part player – a common fate for silent era performers in the age of sound. His retirement was triggered by the fact he was approaching fifty and was no longer in good shape.


After Hollywood[edit] This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (June 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Following the conclusion of his acting career, Walsh returned to horse training and horse breeding, his occupation between silents and talkies. In the 1940s, he married for a second time and enjoyed many years of happy retirement in California. The destruction/loss of two-thirds of his movies meant he could not be included in silent film compilations on TV in the 1960s/70s. Regardless, he was interviewed by historians and journalists who sought him out for profiles, articles and anecdotes.


Death[edit] This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (June 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) He died in Pomona, California of pneumonia at the age of 92. He is buried in San Gabriel Cemetery, Los Angeles.


Selected filmography[edit] A lobby card for Blue Blood (1925) The Birth of a Nation (1915) The Fencing Master (1915) A Bad Man and Others (1915) The Serpent (1916) Don Quixote (1916) Blue Blood and Red (1916) Intolerance (1916) The Island of Desire (1917) The Pride of New York (1917) Jack Spurlock, Prodigal (1918) On the Jump (1918) Luck and Pluck (1919) Never Say Quit (1919) Help! Help! Police! (1919) The Winning Stroke (1919) The Shark (1920) Dynamite Allen (1921) With Stanley in Africa (1922) Vanity Fair (1923) Rosita (1923) Slave of Desire (1923) Reno (1923) American Pluck (1925) Blue Blood (1925) The Test of Donald Norton (1926) Me and My Gal (1932) Out of Singapore (1932) The Return of Casey Jones (1933) The Bowery (1933) Cleopatra (1934) The Live Wire (1936)


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