Harold Lockwood

Harold A. Lockwood (April 12, 1887 October 19, 1918) was an American silent film actor, director, and producer. He was one of the most popular matinee idols of the early film period during the 1910s.

Harold Lockwood
Lockwood in 1916
Born(1887-04-12)April 12, 1887
DiedOctober 19, 1918(1918-10-19) (aged 31)
Cause of deathSpanish influenza
Resting placeWoodlawn Cemetery, The Bronx
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active19111918
Alma Jones (m. 19061918)
Children1, Harold Lockwood, Jr. (1908 – 1996)

Early life and career

Born in Brooklyn, Lockwood was raised and educated in Newark, New Jersey. Upon graduating, he began working in exporting. Lockwood quickly discovered that he did not enjoy exporting and quit to become an actor. He initially began his acting career in vaudeville.

In 1910, Lockwood signed on with a stock company for David Horsley and appeared in Western shorts. He later worked for the New York Motion Picture Company, Selig Polyscope Company and Famous Players Film Company.[1]

While at Famous Players, Lockwood was cast opposite actress May Allison in Allan Dwan's romantic film David Harum. The two would appear in over twenty-three films together during the World War I era, and became one of the first celebrated on-screen romantic duos. However, the two were never romantically involved off-screen.[2]

Personal life

On January 8, 1906, Lockwood married Alma Jones.[3] The couple had a son, Harold Lockwood, Jr. (born 1908),[4] who later appeared in silent and sound films.[5] Among his earliest credits is the 1928 World War I film Lilac Time, starring Colleen Moore and Gary Cooper.


On October 19, 1918, Lockwood died at the age of 31 of Spanish influenza at the Hotel Woodward in New York City.[6][7] He had contracted the illness during production of Shadows of Suspicion (1919), which had some scenes completed using a double shot from behind. Lockwood's funeral was held on October 22 at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel,[1] after which he was buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.[8]

Selected filmography


  1. "Harold Lockwood Is Dead, a Victim Of Influenza". The Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. November 2, 1918. p. V. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  2. Cozad, W. Lee (2002). Those Magnificent Mountain Movies: (The Golden Years) 1911-1939. p. 47. ISBN 0-9723372-1-0.
  3. McGroarty, John Steven, ed. (1923). History of Los Angeles County. 2. The American Historical Society, Inc. p. 225.
  4. DeCordova, Richard (2001). Picture Personalities: The Emergence of the Star System in America. University of Illinois Press. p. 106. ISBN 0-252-07016-X.
  5. McKegg, William H. (January 1929). "Carrying On". Picture-Play Magazine. New York City: Street & Smith Corporation. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  6. Fleming, E. J. (2007). Wallace Reid: The Life and Death of a Hollywood Idol. McFarland. p. 122. ISBN 0-7864-2815-5.
  7. Bodeen, DeWitt (1976). From Hollywood: The Careers of 15 Great American Stars. A. S. Barnes. p. 75. ISBN 0-498-01346-4.
  8. Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub. p. 320. ISBN 0-786-40983-5.
  9. "Thomas Ricketts, Pioneer of Movies". The New York Times. January 21, 1939. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
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