E. J. Ratcliffe

Edward J. Ratcliffe (10 March 1863 – 28 September 1948) was an English actor of stage and screen.[4] He had an established stage career behind him when he came to films in 1915. He then spent nearly twenty years before the cameras before making his last film in 1933. He can be seen in many surviving silent and sound films. In the early Warner Brothers sound extravaganza The Show of Shows he plays Henry VI in the excerpted vignette from that play opposite John Barrymore's Richard III.[5]

Edward J. Ratcliffe
Ratcliffe and Madge Kennedy in Help Yourself (1920)
Born(1863-03-10)10 March 1863
London, England
Died28 September 1948(1948-09-28) (aged 85)
OccupationActor
Years active1880s-1933
Spouse(s)Caroline Ravenhill
(m. 1883–98; divorced)[1]


Alice De Lacy
(m. 1894–98; divorced)[2]

Blanche Stoddard[3]
ChildrenVirginia Ratcliffe McAleenan Dorothy Ratcliffe Taylor

Ratcliffe played Theodore Roosevelt on at least three occasions in films.

He was born in and died in the same years as fellow Englishman character actor C. Aubrey Smith.

New York barman Patrick Duffy claimed Ratcliffe brought the highball from England to the U.S. in 1894.[6]

Selected filmography

See also

References

  1. "Telegraphic Brieflets". The Wichita Daily Eagle. 10 March 1898. p. 7. Retrieved 10 July 2018 via Chronicling America.
  2. , in New-York tribune; published 10 September 1894; retrieved 5 April 2016 (via Chronicling America)
  3. Made A Hit In Boston, in the Tacoma Times; published 11 April 1904; retrieved 3 June 2015 (via Chronicling America)
  4. Who Was Who on Screen 3rd edition, p.601 by Evelyn Mack Truitt, c.1983
  5. Silent Film Necrology 2nd edition, by Eugene Michael Vazzana, c.2001
  6. Patrick J. Duffy (25 October 1927). "The First Scotch Highball". New York Times.
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