Arthur Edmund Carewe
Arthur Edmund Carewe
Carewe publicity photo in Stars of the Photoplay (1922)
December 30, 1884
|Died||April 22, 1937 52) (aged|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Suicide|
|Other names||Arthur E. Carew|
Arthur Edmund Carew
|Alma mater||American Academy of Dramatic Arts|
(m. 1915; div. 1921)
Born on December 30, 1884 in Trabzon (Trebizond), Ottoman Empire, Carewe was from a prosperous Armenian family in his native country. His father, Garo, was engaged in the banking business and carried some influence from his positions in the national legislature and board of education. His father died in 1892, and the Hamidian massacres forced the Hovsepian family to emigrate. Carewe emigrated to the United States on August 7, 1896, arriving in New York Harbor on the Augusta Victoria, having departed from Cherbourg. He was accompanied by his elder brother, Ardasches. Another elder brother, Garo Armen, had preceded them, and their mother arrived the following year.
He attended Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, after which he studied painting and sculpture. At the turn of the century, he and his elder brother Garo ran a rug and furnishings business in New York City. He decided upon a stage career and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, graduating in March 1904 with the David Belasco Gold Medal for Dramatic Ability.
By 1910, he had assumed the stage name of "Arthur Carew" and earned attention in national newspapers for a suspected fake suicide attempt over the actress/dancer Nance Gwynne. He relocated to Chicago sometime before 1915 and operated another furnishing goods business until he moved to Hollywood in 1919. His debut role was in the Constance Talmadge comedy Romance and Arabella. He became a naturalized citizen June 28, 1918.
During his time in the motion picture industry, Carewe became a well-respected character actor and would perform in several classic literary screen adaptations, including The Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Cat and the Canary and Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927), specializing as shady, neurotic, wild-eyed characters, which he seemed to revel in playing. He also continued to perform sporadically in regional theaters, essaying in 1921 the role of Prinzivalle in Monna Vanna by Maurice Maeterlinck. In 1926, he wrote two screenplays for First National that were never produced. In 1928, he traveled to Europe, but a proposal to perform a self-penned screenplay for Universum Film AG was never realized.
He was for a time considered for, and later turned down, the role of Count Dracula in the 1931 film, which would eventually go to Bela Lugosi. Carewe appeared in fifty films over the course of his career, mostly during the silent film era.
Later years and death
Shortly after the release of his final film, Charlie Chan's Secret, in 1936, Carewe suffered a stroke. On April 22, 1937, he was found dead in his car in the parking lot of a Santa Monica beach motel of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
|1919||Venus in the East||Middy Knox|
|1919||Romance and Arabella||Claude Estabrook|
|1919||Daughter of Mine||Joseph Rayberg / Baron Landsandhome|
|1919||The Rescuing Angel||Eliot Slade|
|1919||Girls||Wilbur Searles||Lost film|
|1919||The World and Its Woman||Count Alix Voronassof|
|1919||Dangerous Waters||Victor DeLara|
|1919||Bonnie Bonnie Lassie||Archibald Loveday|
|1920||Burning Daylight||Arthur Howison|
|1920||Rio Grande||Don Jose Alvarado|
|1920||Children of Destiny||Count Di Varesi|
|1920||The Breath of the Gods||Prince Hagane||Lost film|
|1920||The Palace of Darkened Windows||The Rajah|
|1921||The Mad Marriage||Christiansen|
|1921||The Easy Road||Heminway|
|1921||Her Mad Bargain||Grant Lewis|
|1922||The Prodigal Judge||Col. Fentress|
|1922||My Old Kentucky Home||'Con' Arnold|
|1922||His Wife's Husband||John Brainerd|
|1922||The Ghost Breaker||Duke d'Alba||Lost film|
|1923||Daddy||Paul Savelli||Lost film|
|1923||The Ten Commandments||Israelite Slave||Uncredited|
|1923||The Song of Love||Ramlika|
|1924||Sandra||Henri La Flamme|
|1924||The Price of a Party||Kenneth Bellwood|
|1925||The Phantom of the Opera||Ledoux|
|1925||A Lover's Oath||Prince Yussuf|
|1925||The Only Thing||Gigberto||Alternative title: Four Flaming Days|
|1926||The Silent Lover||Captain Herault|
|1927||The Claw||Major Anthony Kinsella|
|1927||The Cat and the Canary||Harry|
|1927||A Man's Past||Lieutenant Destin|
|1927||Uncle Tom's Cabin||George Harris|
|1930||The Matrimonial Bed||Dr. Fried (credits) / Dr. Beaudine (in film)|
|1930||Sweet Kitty Bellairs||Capt. Spicer|
|1931||Captain Applejack||Ivan Borolsky, aka Jim|
|1931||God's Gift to Women||Dr. Louis Dumont|
|1931||The Gay Diplomat||Suave Man|
|1932||Doctor X||Dr. Rowitz|
|1933||Mystery of the Wax Museum||Sparrow - Professor Darcy|
|1935||Thunder in the Night||Professor Omega|
|1936||Charlie Chan's Secret||Professor Bowen|
- Although this is the commonly accepted year, and some references cite 1894, his 1917 draft registration card and his 1915 marriage license give his birth year as 1881.
- Stone, Wilbur Fisk. History of Colorado: Volume II. Chicago: S.J. Clark, 1918.
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- "Actress' Bid For Publicity Lands Actor In Jail", New York Times, February 7, 1910.; "Tries Again To See Miss Gwyn", Boston Daily Globe, February 7, 1910. pg. 7.
- "Both Busy On Stage," Los Angeles Times, March 9, 1921. p. III4; "'Monna Vanna' To Be Given For Mary Garden Today," Los Angeles Times, April 6, 1921. p. III4.
- "Arthur Carew With UFA", Los Angeles Times, March 23, 1928. p. A8
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- Harris, Karen (October 30, 2018). "Bela Lugosi's Dracula". History Daily. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
- Marriage License
- "Irene Pavlowska, Bride, Guarantees Alimony," The Washington Post, December 30, 1928, p. M1, 10.
- Hanke, Ken (1990). Charlie Chan at the Movies: History, Filmography, and Criticism. McFarland & Company. p. 64. ISBN 0-786-48661-9.
- "Suicide Victim Former Actor," Los Angeles Times, April 23, 1937. p. A2
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