Volume III: Biographies


FORTH, George J. *

Actor (1917)

Thanhouser Career Synopsis: George J. Forth appeared in a Thanhouser film in 1917.

Biographical Notes: George J. Forth was born in Philadelphia on June 25, 1891, of wealthy parents who traced their ancestry in America to 1742. He was educated in several institutions, including Farnams Primary School, the Protestant Episcopal Academy, Blights Preparatory School, Burroughs Summer School, St. Pauls Boarding School, and the Pennsylvania State College. His summers were spent traveling to Europe and to various society watering places in America, as well as aboard the yacht, Columbia, a defender for the Americas Cup. Following his education he spent a year on the 1000-acre ranch owned by his brother-in-law in the San Luis Valley in Colorado, after which he purchased a 350-acre stock farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

After about five years of what he described as the life of a "gentleman farmer," he was introduced in March 1917 to a director for the Vitagraph Company, who offered him the role of Jimmy Warburton, a reporter, in The Sixteenth Wife. Next he worked with Vitagraph in Bobbys Bravery and I Will Repay, a film taken from O. Henrys story, A Municipal Report, the exterior scenes of which were filmed on Forths Maryland farm. He then went before the camera for Thanhouser in The Heart of Ezra Greer, after which he went to Edison and Goldwyn. Other films in which he was seen included Our Little Wife (Goldwyn, 1918), Oh Mary Be Careful, and The Girl From the Sea. George J. Forth was 511 tall, weighed 170 pounds, and had a dark complexion, brown hair, and brown eyes.

Thanhouser Filmography:

1917: The Heart of Ezra Greer (10-7-1917)

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