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Raoul Walsh

American film director and actor (1887–1980) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Raoul Walsh (born Albert Edward Walsh; March 11, 1887  December 31, 1980) was an American film director, actor, founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and the brother of silent screen actor George Walsh. He was known for portraying John Wilkes Booth in the silent film The Birth of a Nation (1915) and for directing such films as the widescreen epic The Big Trail (1930) starring John Wayne in his first leading role, The Roaring Twenties starring James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart, High Sierra (1941) starring Ida Lupino and Humphrey Bogart, and White Heat (1949) starring James Cagney and Edmond O'Brien. He directed his last film in 1964. His work has been noted as influences on directors such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder,[3] Jack Hill,[4] and Martin Scorsese.[5]

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Raoul Walsh
Walsh, c. 1918
Albert Edward Walsh

March 11, 1887
DiedDecember 31, 1980(1980-12-31) (aged 93)
Resting placeAssumption Catholic Cemetery, Simi Valley, Ventura County, California[2]
  • Film director
  • actor
Years active1909–1964
(m. 1916; div. 1926)
Lorraine Miller
(m. 1928; div. 1947)
Mary Simpson
(m. 1947)
RelativesGeorge Walsh (brother)
AwardsFounding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences