Sam De Grasse

Samuel Alfred De Grasse (June 12, 1875 – November 29, 1953) was a Canadian actor.

Sam De Grasse
De Grasse in Heart o' the Hills (1919)
Born(1875-06-12)June 12, 1875
DiedNovember 29, 1953(1953-11-29) (aged 78)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Years active1914–1930


De Grasse was born in Bathurst, New Brunswick, and he trained to be a dentist. He married Annie McDonnell in 1904. Their daughter, Clementine Bell, was born in 1906. Annie died in 1909, probably in childbirth with another daughter, Olive. In 1910, Samuel was practicing dentistry and he and Clementine were living in Providence, Rhode Island along with his older sister (also named Clementine) and her 14-year-old son, Jerome Fauchy.

Sam married British actress Ada Fuller Golden and became a step-father to her three children. His older brother Joe went into the fledgling movie business and Sam decided to also give it a try. He traveled to New York City and in 1912 he appeared in his first motion picture.

At first he played standard secondary characters but when fellow Canadian Mary Pickford set up her own studio with her husband Douglas Fairbanks, he joined them. He portrayed the villainous Prince John in Fairbanks' 1922 Robin Hood. Afterward, he began to specialize in crafty or slimy villainous roles, such as Senator Summer in Birth of a Nation (1915), Arthur Jenkins in Intolerance (1916), Blind Husbands (1919), The Courtship of Miles Standish (1923), The Eagle of the Sea (1926), The Black Pirate (1926), a Pharisee in King of Kings (1927) and King James in The Man Who Laughs (1928).[1] Mary Pickford named him as one of her favorite stars.[2] He was the uncle of successful cinematographer Robert De Grasse. He lived on the west coast until his death in Hollywood; he died of a heart attack during his sleep.[3] He is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.[1][4]

Partial filmography

See also


  1. Wilson, Scott (19 August 2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons (3rd ed.). McFarland Publishing. p. 187. ISBN 978-1-4766-2599-7.
  2. Howe, Herbert (January 1924). "Mary Pickford's Favorite Stars and Films". Photoplay. New York: Photoplay Publishing Company. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  3. Foster, Charles (2000). Stardust and Shadows: Canadians in Early Hollywood. Dundurn Group. pp. 41–62. ISBN 978-1-55002-348-0.
  4. "The Final Curtain". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 12 December 1953. p. 51. ISSN 0006-2510.
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