Christy Cabanne

Christy Cabanne, born William Christy Cabanne, (April 16, 1888 – October 15, 1950) was an American film director, screenwriter and silent film actor. Christy Cabanne was, along with Sam Newfield and William Beaudine, one of the most prolific directors in the history of American film. Cabanne (pronounced "CAB-a-nay") graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, and spent several years in the Navy, leaving the service in 1908. He decided on a career in the theater, and became a director as well as an actor. Although acting was his main profession, when he finally broke into the film industry it was chiefly as a director after appearing in over 40 short films between 1911 and 1914. He signed on with the Fine Arts Co., then was employed as an assistant to D.W. Griffith. Miriam Cooper credited him with discovering her as an extra in 1912. Being a published author, he was hired by Metro Pictures to write a serial. After that he formed his own production company, but was shut down only a few years later.

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