Paul Scardon

Paul Scardon (6 May 1874 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – 17 January 1954 in Fontana, California) was an actor, a producer, and a director on both Australian and New York stages.

Paul Scardon
Scardon, 1917
Born(1874-05-06)May 6, 1874
DiedJanuary 17, 1954(1954-01-17) (aged 79)
OccupationActor, director
Spouse(s)Betty Blythe (? - 1954, his death)

When he was 15, Scardon debuted on stage as a contortionist in vaudeville. He progressed from that to pantomime and then joined a troupe headed by J. C. Williamson, touring New Zealand and Australia for five years. In 1905, he joined a company headed by Nance O'Neil, and that group's tour brought him to the United States.[1]

Scardon's Broadway credits include Mrs. Bumpstead-Leigh (1911), Becky Sharp (1911), The Green Cockatoo (1910), Hannele (1910), The Debtors (1909), Agnes(1908), Our American Cousin (1908), and Brigadier Gerard (1906).[2]

Scardon went to Hollywood in 1910.[3] In motion pictures, he worked for Majestic Pictures,[1] Reliance-Majestic Studios and Vitagraph Studios.[4] He directed Blanche Sweet in Unwilling Husband, Bessie Barriscale in some of her most successful productions, and most of the melodramas which starred his wife, actress Betty Blythe. Retiring when sound films came in, Scardon returned to films as an actor in the 1940s, playing bit roles until he retired from the film industry in 1948.

Personal life and death

At the time of his death, Scardon was married to actress Betty Blythe. On January 18, 1954, Scardon died of a heart attack in Fontana, California, at age 79.[5]




  • The Alibi
  • All Man
  • Apartment 29
  • Arsene Lupin (1917)
  • A Bachelor's Children
  • Beating the Odds
  • Beauty-Proof
  • The Breaking Point
  • The Broken Gate
  • Children Not Wanted
  • The Darkest Hour
  • The Dawn of Freedom
  • The Desired Woman
  • The Enemy
  • False Kisses
  • Fighting Destiny
  • The Gamblers
  • A Game with Fate
  • The Golden Gallows
  • The Golden Goal
  • The Green God (1918)
  • The Grell Mystery
  • The Hawk
  • Her Own Free Will (1924)
  • Her Right to Live
  • Her Unwilling Husband
  • The Hero of Submarine D-2
  • Hoarded Assets
  • In Honor's Web
  • In the Balance
  • The Island of Surprise
  • The King of Diamonds
  • The Love Doctor
  • The Maelstrom
  • The Man Who Won
  • Milestones
  • The Other Man
  • Partners of the Night
  • Phantom Fortunes
  • A Prince in a Pawnshop
  • The Redemption of Dave Darcey
  • Rose of the South
  • Shattered Dreams
  • Silent Strength
  • Soldiers of Chance
  • The Stolen Treaty
  • Tangled Lives
  • Transgression
  • When the Devil Drives
  • A Wonderful Wife


  1. Lowrey, Carolyn (1920). The First One Hundred Noted Men and Women of the Screen. Moffat, Yard. pp. 166–167. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  2. "Paul Scardon". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 15 November 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  3. "Paul Scardon, Actor Of Silent Era, Dies At Home in Fontana". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. Associated Press. 19 January 1954. p. 17. Retrieved 15 November 2019 via
  4. Fox, Charles Donald; Silver, Milton L. (1920). Who's who on the Screen. Ross publishing Company. p. 407. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  5. "Paul Scardon". The Courier-News. New Jersey, Bridgewater. Associated Press. 19 January 1954. p. 19. Retrieved 15 November 2019 via

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