William Garwood

William Garwood (April 28, 1884 – December 28, 1950) was an American stage and film actor and director of the early silent era in the 1910s. Between 1911 and 1913, Garwood starred in a number of early adaptions of popular films including Jane Eyre and The Vicar of Wakefield (1910), Lorna Doone, The Pied Piper of Hamelin and David Copperfield (1911), The Merchant of Venice (1912), and Little Dorrit and Robin Hood (1913). In total, he appeared starred in more than 150 films. Garwood was born in Springfield, Missouri, and at the age of 15 moved to New Mexico for several years. His advanced education was at Springfield's Drury College, where he was awarded prizes for his abilities in dramatic reading and literature. Garwood could have pursued a career as a top athlete and ran the 100-yard (91 m) dash in 10.20 seconds, also playing on the college football team. His father hoped that he would follow a career in metallurgy and secured a position for his son with a zinc company in Joplin, Missouri. However, young Garwood had other plans, and aspired to be an actor on stage. Among his early work was employment in 1903 for $3.


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