Biography

From Wikipedia

Cullen Landis (July 9, 1896 – August 26, 1975) was an

American motion picture actor and director whose career began in the early

years of the silent film era.

James Cullen Landis was the middle of three siblings (two

sons and a daughter) raised by Lulan and Margaret (née Cullen) Landis in

Nashville, Tennessee, where his father supported his family as a stock broker.

As a boy, James was a train enthusiast and dreamed to be an railroad engineer.

Though the ambition eventually faded, his interest in railroads did not, and

some years later he helped design for himself a model train set powered by

steam. He began working in the fledgling film industry at age 18 around the

time his older sister, Margaret Landis, appeared in her first film.

In 1928 Cullen Landis starred in the first ‘all talking’

motion picture, Lights of New York. He once confided in a friend that talkies

were perfect for musicals and that he was no "song and dance man". He

left Hollywood for Detroit in 1930 to produce and direct industrial films for

automobile companies. Landis began as a movie director, only turning to acting

after his lead player broke a leg and it was discovered that the actor’s

costumes fit him.

He went on to become one of the more popular lead actors of

the silent era, appearing in some one hundred films over 14 years.

During World War II, he served as a captain with US Army

Signal Corps producing training films in the South Pacific. By war’s end he was

twice decorated and promoted to major. In the post war years he made

documentaries for the US State Department that took him to the far corners of

the world.

James Cullen Landis died on August 28, 1975, aged 79, at a

nursing home in Bloomfield, Michigan, three months after the death of his wife,

Jane.

From Wikipedia

Cullen Landis (July 9, 1896 – August 26, 1975) was an

American motion picture actor and director whose career began in the early

years of the silent film era.

James Cullen Landis was the middle of three siblings (two

sons and a daughter) raised by Lulan and Margaret (née Cullen) Landis in

Nashville, Tennessee, where his father supported his family as a stock broker.

As a boy, James was a train enthusiast and dreamed to be an railroad engineer.

Though the ambition eventually faded, his interest in railroads did not, and

some years later he helped design for himself a model train set powered by

steam. He began working in the fledgling film industry at age 18 around the

time his older sister, Margaret Landis, appeared in her first film.

In 1928 Cullen Landis starred in the first ‘all talking’

motion picture, Lights of New York. He once confided in a friend that talkies

were perfect for musicals and that he was no "song and dance man". He

left Hollywood for Detroit in 1930 to produce and direct industrial films for

automobile companies. Landis began as a movie director, only turning to acting

after his lead player broke a leg and it was discovered that the actor’s

costumes fit him.

He went on to become one of the more popular lead actors of

the silent era, appearing in some one hundred films over 14 years.

During World War II, he served as a captain with US Army

Signal Corps producing training films in the South Pacific. By war’s end he was

twice decorated and promoted to major. In the post war years he made

documentaries for the US State Department that took him to the far corners of

the world.

James Cullen Landis died on August 28, 1975, aged 79, at a

nursing home in Bloomfield, Michigan, three months after the death of his wife,

Jane.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender -

Known Credits 21

Birthday 1896-07-09

Day of Death 1975-08-26

Place of Birth Nashville - Tennessee - USA

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Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1928 Lights of New York as Eddie Morgan
1928 The Broken Mask as Pertio
1927 The Dixie Flyer as 'Sunrise' Smith
1926 My Old Dutch as Herbert Brown
1926 Christine of the Big Tops
1926 With Buffalo Bill on the U. P. Trail as Gordon Kent
1925 Peacock Feathers as Jerry Chandler
1924 Born Rich as Jack Le Moyne
1924 The Fighting Coward as Tom Rumford
1923 The Man Life Passed By as Harold Trevis
1923 Soul of the Beast as Paul Nadeau
1923 The Famous Mrs. Fair as Alan Fair
1922 Remembrance as Seth Smith
1922 Watch Your Step as Elmer Slocum
1921 Voices of the City as Jimmy
1921 The Ace of Hearts as Young Man in Restaurant (uncredited)
1920 Pinto as Bob DeWitt
1919 Almost a Husband as Jerry Wilson
1919 Upstairs as Lemuel Stallings
1918 Her Rustic Romeo as Jack
1918 Somebody's Widow as Jack Random

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