Forrest Stanley

Forrest Stanley was born August 21, 1885, in Birmingham, England (no information could be found to determine when he came to the United States). He father worked in the iron industry. He developed an interest in acting as a young boy and would sit in the gallery with other boys who were enamored with the plays. He "produced" plays in his back yard and barn and later graduated to renting a hall where he produced plays on one side and ran a roller rink on the other. Originally intending a career in architecture, but the stage was calling him. One of his earliest performances was "The Kreutzer Sonata" wtih Bertha Kalich. Shortly after, he signed a contract with theatrical produceer Oliver Morosco.Stanley spent 11 years he served as a leading man at the Morosco Theater (Burbank Theater) in Los Angeles in such plays as "The Cinderella Man" and "The Bird of Paradise." He later took some of his stage successes to New York. He was active on the screen from 1915 to 1959 and has 69 films to his credit. He was a busy actor with all but a few of his acting credits having been in silents. He was a handsome sometimes leading man, however, he never did reach upper echelon star status. He was a apparent favorite of Marion Davies since he made four films with her in 1921-22. Although several of his silent films are available for viewing today, he is probably best remembered for the role of Charles Wilder in "The Cat and the Canary" (1927). After seven sound films, his work was somewhat sporadic after 1932 - one film in 1936, one in 1941, one in 1957 and a last, uncredited appearance in "Curse of the Undead" (1959). He did some TV work during the 1950's including "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Death Valley Days," and "Gunsmoke." He died August 27, 1969, at age 80. (Thanks to Mandy Pratt for providing confirmation of Stanley's date and place of birth.)

Selected films of this star available for viewing:

Forbidden Fruit (1921)

Enchantment (1921)

Beauty's Worth (1922)

When Knighthood Was in Flower (1922)

Tiger Rose (1923)

Up the Ladder (1925)

The Cat and the Canary (1927)

Bare Knees (1928)


Return to photos page