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Frank Mayo Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jan 1, 1886
  • Died: Jul 9, 1963

Silent film star Frank Mayo was in movies as early as 1913 when he began a long association with the World Film Company of New Jersey; later he was most closely linked with Universal Pictures. Equally impressive in a dinner jacket or rugged outdoor garb, Mayo was a dependable strong-and-stalwart hero in such Hollywood films as [[Feature~V86166~The Brute Breaker~thebrutebreaker]] (19), [[Feature~V83262~Afraid to Fight~afraidtofight]] (22) and [[Feature~V111157~Souls for Sale~soulsforsale]] (23). Toward the end of the silent era, Mayo married actress [[Performer~P27368~Dagmar Godowsky~dagmargodowsky]], whose star began ascending even as her husband's eclipsed; the marriage was annulled in 1928. Confined to bit and extra roles in the 1930s and 1940s, Frank Mayo was frequently hired by producer [[Performer~P115981~Jack Warner~jackwarner]] and director [[Performer~P87147~Cecil B. DeMille~cecilbdemille]], both of whom regularly employed the faded stars of the silent years; Mayo's final appearance was in DeMille's [[Feature~V42719~Samson and Delilah~samsonanddelilah]] (49). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi