Lew Cody (born Louis Joseph Côté; February 22, 1884 – May 31, 1934) was an American stage and film actor whose career spanned the silent film and early sound film age. He gained notoriety in the late 1910s for playing "male vamps" in films such as Don't Change Your Husband.
Cody, c. 1915
Louis Joseph Côté
February 22, 1884
Waterville, Maine, U.S.
|Died||May 31, 1934 50) (aged|
|Resting place||St. Peter's Cemetery|
|Alma mater||McGill University|
(m. 1910; div. 1911)
(m. 1913; div. 1914)
(m. 1926; died 1930)
Early life and career
Cody was born to Joseph Côté and Elizabeth Côté (née Gifford). His father was French Canadian and his mother was a native of Maine. Cody and his younger brothers and sisters were born in Waterville, Maine. The family later moved to Berlin, New Hampshire where Cody's father owned a drug store. In his youth, Cody worked at his father's drug store as a soda jerk. He later enrolled at McGill University in Montreal where he intended to study medicine but abandoned the idea of setting up in practice and joined a theatre stock company in North Carolina.
He made his debut on the stage in New York in Pierre of the Plains. Cody later moved to Los Angeles and began a film career with Thomas Ince. Cody had at least 99 film credits during a twenty-year period between 1914 and 1934.
Cody was married three times. His first two marriages were to actress Dorothy Dalton. They first married in 1910 and divorced in 1911. They remarried in 1913 and were divorced a second time in 1914. Cody married Mabel Normand in 1926. They remained married until Normand's death from tuberculosis in February 1930.
|1914||Harp of Tara||Short|
|1915||The Mating||'Bullet Dick' Ames||Credited as Lewis J. Cody|
|1917||A Branded Soul||John Rannie|
|1918||Mickey||Reggie Drake||Credited as Lewis Cody|
|1918||For Husbands Only||Rolin Van D'Arcy|
|1918||Treasure of the Sea||Jim Hardwick|
|1919||Don't Change Your Husband||Schuyler Van Sutphen|
|1919||Our Better Selves||Willard Standish|
|1919||The Life Line||Philip Royston|
|1919||The Beloved Cheater||Bruce Sands|
|1919||As the Sun Went Down||Faro Bill|
|1923||Rupert of Hentzau||Rupert of Hentzau|
|1923||Souls for Sale||Owen Scudder|
|1924||Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model||Walter Peck|
|1924||Three Women||Edmund Lamont|
|1925||Man and Maid||Sir Nicholas Thormonde|
|1925||The Sporting Venus||Prince Carlos|
|1925||A Slave of Fashion||Nicholas Wentworth|
|1925||Exchange of Wives||John Rathburn|
|1925||His Secretary||David Colman|
|1926||Monte Carlo||Tony Townsend|
|1926||The Gay Deceiver||Toto/Antoine di Tillois|
|1927||The Demi-Bride||Philippe Levaux|
|1929||A Single Man||Robin Worthington|
|1930||What a Widow!||Victor|
|1931||Three Girls Lost||William (Jack) Marriott|
|1931||Beyond Victory||Lew Cavanaugh|
|1931||Stout Hearts and Willing Hands||The Villain||Short|
|1931||A Woman of Experience||Captain Otto von Lichstein|
|1931||The Common Law||Dick Carmedon|
|1931||Sporting Blood||Tip Scanlon|
|1931||X Marks the Spot||George Howe|
|1932||The Crusader||Jimmie Dale|
|1932||The Unwritten Law||Roger Morgan|
|1932||A Parisian Romance||Baron|
|1933||By Appointment Only||Dr. Michael Travers|
|1933||File 113||Gaston Le Coq|
|1933||Sitting Pretty||Jules Clark|
|1934||Private Scandal||Benjamin J. Somers|
|1934||Thank Your Stars||Axel Hanratty|
- St. Johns, Adela Rogers (March 1919). "The Confessions of a Male Vampire". Photoplay. New York: Photoplay Publishing Co. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
- Vazzana, Eugene Michael (2001). Silent Film Necrology. McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub. p. 96. ISBN 0-7864-1059-0.
- Beale, George H. (June 1, 1934). "Lew Cody, Noted Star, Found Dead". San Jose News. p. 7. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
- "Lew Cody Dies In His Sleep After Many Years Of Work On Stage and In Pictures". The Evening Independent. June 1, 1934. p. 3-A. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
- Connor, Sam E. (July 16, 1934). "Lew Cody: Behind the Scenes With Late Hollywood Actor". Lewiston Evening Journal. p. A-12. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
I love Maine, perhaps because I was born in Waterville, but I don't think that's it." (Quote by Lew Cody)
- Houseman, Victoria (1991). Made in Heaven: The Marriages and Children of Hollywood Stars. Bonus Books. p. 72. ISBN 0-929387-24-4.
- "Lew Cody Dead In Film Capital". Spokane Daily Chronicle. June 1, 1934. p. 1. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
- Warwick White, Wendy (2007). Ford Sterling: The Life and Films. McFarland. p. 20. ISBN 0-7864-8220-6.
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