John Cossar

John Hay Cossar (2 January 1858 28 April 1935) was an English actor of the silent era. He appeared in 146 films between 1914 and 1929.

John Hay Cossar
Cossar (left) with Bryant Washburn and
Anne Leigh in The Alster Case, 1915
Born(1858-01-02)2 January 1858
London, England, UK
Died28 April 1935(1935-04-28) (aged 77)
Years active1914–29


Cossar was born in London, England. He was the fifth child of Walter Cossar and his wife Kate Lyster. Walter was in the Royal Marines between 1835 and 1863. In 1865 the family travelled to Canada and thence to Chicago, Illinois in the USA where John's older brother Walter Lyster Cossar later became City Editor of the Chicago Evening Journal.

In 1896, John married Fanny Cohen in Chicago. Fanny was also an actress and the 1930 census of Los Angeles shows them living with two children, Phyllis and Raymond. He died in Hollywood, California, in 1935.

Partial filmography

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