Frank Beal

Frank Beal (September 11, 1862 December 20, 1934) was an American actor and film director of the silent film era.

Frank Beal
Hoot Gibson, Frank Beal, and Mildred June in Hook and Ladder (1924)
Born(1862-09-11)September 11, 1862
DiedDecember 20, 1934(1934-12-20) (aged 72)
Resting placeHollywood Forever Cemetery
OccupationActor, film director
Years active1910-1933
Spouse(s)Louise Lester
ChildrenScott Beal
Dolly Beal
Katherine Beal[1]


Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1862,[2] Bela began acting in 1880 and gained fame as a director and an actor. In 1908, he moved from stage to film, with the Selig Polyscope Company. He appeared in 42 films between 1910 and 1933, and also directed 41 films between 1910 and 1921.

Beal was married to actress Louise Lester and was the father of actress Dolly Beal and actor Scott Beal.[3] He died in Hollywood, California, in 1934.[2] His obituary in the Los Angeles Times called him "one of the first prominent figures of the theatrical industry to desert it and go into motion pictures".[4]

Partial filmography


  2. Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. pp. 113–114. ISBN 9780786409839. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  3. Katchmer, George A. (2009). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. pp. 19–20. ISBN 9781476609058. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  4. "Early Film Leader Dies". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. December 21, 1934. p. 27. Retrieved April 5, 2018 via
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