Bert Lytell

Bertram Lytell (February 24, 1885 September 28, 1954) was an actor in theater and film during the silent film era and early talkies. He starred in romantic, melodrama, and adventure films.

Bert Lytell
Lytell, c. 1921
Bertram Lyttel

February 24, 1885
New York City
DiedSeptember 28, 1954 (aged 69)
New York City
Years active1917–1953
Spouse(s)Claire Windsor
5th President of the Actors' Equity Association
In office
Preceded byArthur Byron
Succeeded byClarence Derwent

Born in New York City,[1] Lytell was the son of actor, author, and producer William H. Lytell and Blanche Mortimer. His mother was an actress before she married, and her father and grandfather were actors. Lytell left Upper Canada College at age 16 to become an actor.[2]

Lytell's acting debut came with the Columbia Stock Company in Newark, New Jersey, when he was 17 years old. He went on to appear with stock theater companies in Boston, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Rochester, in addition to heading his own stock troupes in Albany, New York, and San Francisco.[1] He appeared with Marie Dressler in her 1914 Broadway play, A MIX-UP. He also performed in vaudeville in the 1920s with the one-act play The Valiant.[3]

On old-time radio, Lytell had the title role in Alias Jimmy Valentine[4] and was host of Bert Lytell Dramas[4]:36 and Stage Door Canteen.[4]:312

Lytell was born in New York City. His younger brother Wilfred Lytell (1891–1954) also became a stage and screen actor. Bert Lytell married the silent film actress Claire Windsor in 1925; they divorced in 1927.[5] Like many other silent screen stars, Lytell's career collapsed after the advent of talking pictures. Nevertheless, he was President (Shepherd) of the actors, club "The Lambs" from 1947 to 1952 and is listed as an "Immortal Lamb".[6]

Lytell died in New York City, aged 69. His brother Wilfred died 18 days before. He has a star at 6417 Hollywood Avenue in the Motion Picture section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[7]

Partial filmography


  1. "Bert Lytell's career on stage and screen". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. November 13, 1921. p. 60. Retrieved December 8, 2019 via
  2. Watts, Elizabeth (October 3, 1954). "When Bert Lytell Was a Boston Star". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. p. 16 A. Retrieved December 8, 2019 via
  3. (18 May 1929). Bert Lytell's Old Act A Hit As Motion Picture, Vaudeville News
  4. Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 21. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.
  5. "Claire Windsor, actress, 74, dead". New York Times. October 25, 1972. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  6. The Lambs website
  7. "Bert Lytell". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 19 July 2016.

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