A. Edward Sutherland

A. Edward Sutherland aka Eddie Sutherland (January 5, 1895 – December 31, 1973) was a film director and actor. Born Albert Edward Sutherland in London, he was from a theatrical family. His father, Al Sutherland, was a theatre manager and producer and his mother, Julie Ring, was a vaudeville performer. He was a nephew of both Blanche Ring and Thomas Meighan, who was married to another of his mother's sisters Frances Ring. Sutherland acted in 37 known films early in his career, beginning as a Keystone Cop in Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914), which starred Charles Chaplin, Mabel Normand, and Marie Dressler. He was directed by Charles Chaplin in A Woman of Paris (1923), two years before Sutherland began his directing career with the help of Chaplin. It is as a director that he is best known, and he directed over 50 movies between 1925 and 1956. His breakout film was Behind the Front (1926) which made stars of the two leads and established Sutherland as a comedic director.


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