Arthur Byron

Arthur William Byron (April 3, 1872 – July 16, 1943) was an American actor, the son of actors Kate Crehan and Oliver Doud Byron.[1] He played a mixture of British and American roles in films. He was a nephew of the stage actress Ada Rehan, his maternal aunt.

Arthur Byron
Byron in The Casino Murder Case, 1935
Arthur William Byron

(1872-04-03)April 3, 1872
DiedJuly 16, 1943(1943-07-16) (aged 71)
OccupationFilm actor
Years active1932–1937
Spouse(s)Kathryn Keys
4th President of the Actors' Equity Association
In office
Preceded byBurgess Meredith (acting president)
Succeeded byBert Lytell


Byron started his theatrical career at the age of 17 with his father's dramatic company. In 1939 he celebrated his 50 years in showbusiness.

He appeared in more than 300 plays and played with stars like Maxine Elliott, Ethel Barrymore, John Gielgud, Katherine Cornell, Maude Adams and Minnie Maddern Fiske.

He was the founder and one-time president of The Actor Equity Association and he also served as an officer of The Lambs and the Actor's fund of America.

Byron appeared many times at the Lakewood Playhouse in Maine.

Arthur Byron died of a heart ailment, from which he suffered for some years, in Hollywood in 1943. He was cremated and his ashes were sent to the Byron summer home in Maine.[2]

Selected filmography


  1. Bordman, Gerald; Hischak, Thomas S. (2004). The Oxford Companion to American Theatre. Oxford University Press. p. 104. ISBN 978-0195169867.
  2. "The Final Curtain". The Billboard. 55 (31): 36. 31 July 1943. ISSN 0006-2510.
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