William Stowell

William Stowell (March 13, 1885 November 24, 1919) was an American silent film actor.[1]

William Stowell
Stowell, c. 1915
Born(1885-03-13)March 13, 1885
DiedNovember 24, 1919(1919-11-24) (aged 34)

A handsome actor with matinee idol good looks, Stowell was signed into film in 1909 with IMP (forerunner of Universal Studios), and debuted by starring in the popular hit The Cowboy Millionaire (1909), also starring Tom Mix. Between 1909 and his death in 1919 Stowell starred in 119 silent films, often playing in over 10 films a year.

In 1915 he starred in The Great Question alongside actors such as Harold Lockwood with American Studios. In 1916 he starred in The Love Hermit portraying Jack Hillman, and began appearing in a series of Universal features that paired him with Lon Chaney and Dorothy Phillips. Stowell's early death brought the series of adventures to a close.

In 1918 he co-starred with Dorothy Phillips and Erich Von Stroheim in The Heart of Humanity.

In 1919 Universal sent Stowell to the Belgian Congo to scout for filming locations. While en route to Elizabethville Stowell was riding in the caboose car of his train. An out-of-control locomotive engine from another train slammed into Stowell's car, killing him instantly.[2]

Selected filmography


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