Godfrey Cass (1867 – 14 May 1951) was an Australian actor in the silent era. Between 1906 and 1935 he acted in nineteen film roles. He played Ned Kelly three times, and also had roles in a number of other bushranger movies including A Tale of the Australian Bush (1911) and Moondyne (1913).
The son of the Governor of Melbourne Gaol, John Buckley Castieau (1831–1885), Godfrey Cass was born Godfrey Castieau in 1867, one of seven children. As a child he spent a lot of time around the gaol and met Ned Kelly just before Kelly was hung.
He began acting in late 1883 or 1884 for J.C. Williamson Ltd. He married Hilda Fraser, with whom he often appeared on stage, in 1894. His peak years as an actor were from 1903 to 1914, usually playing the villain in melodramas.
Cass appeared in his first film in 1911 for the Australian Life Biography Company, and followed it with two more movies for the same company. Two years later he partnered with W. J. Lincoln to make films as Lincoln-Cass Films. The company survived for only one year, but in that time it made eight films, with Cass playing roles in six of them.
He then returned to the stage appearing in Sealed Orders for J.C. Williamson Ltd.
Cass enlisted in the Army for World War I on 27 January 1915, dropping his age by eleven years, and was discharged on 25 August 1917, suffering from shell shock.
- A Tale of the Australian Bush (1911) - actor
- One Hundred Years Ago (1911) - actor
- A Ticket in Tatts (1911) - actor
- The Sick Stockrider (1913) - actor, producer
- Moondyne (1913) - actor, producer
- The Remittance Man (1913) - actor, producer
- Transported (1913) - actor, producer
- The Road to Ruin (1913) - actor, producer
- The Crisis (1913) - actor, producer
- The Reprieve (1913) - actor, producer
- The Wreck (1913) - actor, producer
- The Kelly Gang (1920) - actor
- The Hordern Mystery (1920) - actor
- The Dingo (1923) - actor
- When the Kellys Were Out (1923) - actor
- Jewelled Nights (1925) - actor
- Jungle Woman (1926) - actor
- The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1925) - actor
- The Rushing Tide (1927) - actor
- Tiger Island (1930) - actor
- Heritage (1935) - actor
- Mary Bateman, 'Godfrey Cass', Cinema Papers, June–July 1980 p 170
- Mary Bateman, 'Godfrey Cass', Cinema Papers, June–July 1980 p 171
- "PICTURE FILM PRODUCTION,". The Prahran Telegraph (Vic. : 1889 - 1930). Vic.: National Library of Australia. 16 August 1913. p. 5. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
- Army records of Cass' enlistment under the name of Castieau
- "IN THE BARBER'S SHOP". The Prahran Telegraph (Vic. : 1889 - 1930). Vic.: National Library of Australia. 1 September 1917. p. 6. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- Fogarty, Peter A.D. (2004). The Screening of St Kilda: A History of St Kilda's Cinemas. Balaclava, Victoria: St Kilda Historical Society. ISBN 0-9751060-1-5.
- "Godfrey Cass". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 9 June 2006.