|THE INTERNATIONAL SILENT MOVIE|
1862 - 1935
The actor C. Hayden Coffin was a demanded Edwardian stage actor.
After first experiences as an amateur he started his professional acting career with "Pocahontas" (1885). Only one year later followed one of his biggest hits with the play "Dorothy", which became the longest-running performance of that time. Other successes were "Doris" (1889), "The Red Hussar" (1889) and "Captain Therese" (1890).
From the 1890s he impersonated numerous roles in popular comedies for
George Edwardes who increased his fame.
After his long-toothed successes in the entertainment field he wanted
to play in classical dramas and musicals from 1912 as well where he also
was convincing, among others in Shakespeare plays.
Thanks to his huge popularity he also was able to act in some movies
but the stage remained his domain.
It followed other silent movies with "The Bigamist" (16), "Queen of My Heart" (17) and "The Black Spider" (20) with Mary Clare, Ronald Colman and Betty Hall.
His last and his only sound film at the same time came in 1930 into
being with "School for Scandal" (30) with Basil Gill, Madeleine Carroll,
Ian Fleming and Anne Grey.