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Wallace Reid

Highest Rated:   100% Double Speed (1920)
Lowest Rated:   33% Thirty Days (1922)
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The son of actor/playwright Hal Reid and actress Bertha Westbrook, Wallace Reid made his stage debut at age four, playing a little girl in Reid Sr.'s Slaves of Gold. After attending prep school in Pennsylvania and military school in New Jersey, the younger Reid worked as a Wyoming ranch hand and cub newspaper reporter. In 1910 he landed a job with the Selig Polyscope Film Company, hoping to eventually become a cameraman. Over the next three years he worked as a gopher, production assistant, and screenwriter, but it was as a leading man that he found lasting success. While starring in two-reelers at Mutual, he took a pay cut for the privilege of working under director D.W. Griffith, appearing in the brief but telling role as Jeff the Blacksmith in The Birth of a Nation (1915). It didn't take long before he was firmly established as Paramount Pictures' top male screen personality, starring in one breezy vehicle after another, usually playing an all-American go-getter. He did some of his best work in the films of Cecil B. DeMille, appearing with such luminaries as Geraldine Farrar and Gloria Swanson. While filming Valley of the Giants on location in 1919, he was seriously injured in an on-set mishap. To ease his pain, the studio doctor pumped the young actor full of morphine. Within a few months after this incident he was inextricably addicted to morphine, drinking heavily to counteract the drug's after-effects. Upon the completion of his eight-picture contract in 1922, Reid went public with the story of his addiction, entering a Los Angeles sanitarium in hopes of being cured. But it was too late; by early 1923 Wallace Reid was dead at the age of 31. He was survived by his wife, actress Dorothy Davenport, and his son Wallace Reid Jr.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
33% Thirty Days
  • John Ford
1922
71% Clarence
  • Clarence Smith
1922
No Score Yet The Affairs of Anatol
  • Anatole DeWitt Spencer
1921
No Score Yet Hell Diggers
  • Teddy Darman
1921
100% Double Speed
  • "Speed" Carr
1920
No Score Yet Hawthorne of the USA
  • Anthony Hamilton Hawthorne
1919
No Score Yet The Roaring Road
  • Toodles Waldron
1919
No Score Yet The Woman God Forgot
  • Alvarado
1917
No Score Yet Joan the Woman
  • Eric Trent
1916
97% Intolerance
  • A Boy Killed in the Fighting
1916
No Score Yet Maria Rosa
  • Actor
1916
80% Carmen
  • Don Jose
1915
93% The Birth of a Nation
  • Jeff the blacksmith
1915
No Score Yet Old Heidelberg
  • Karl Heinrich
1915
No Score Yet Enoch Arden
  • Walter Fenn
1915
No Score Yet The Golden Chance
  • Roger Manning
1915

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