After cutting his teeth on stage, Edgar Lewis entered films as an actor and writer in 1911. Three years later, Lewis made his directorial bow. His pre-WW I efforts in this capacity included the historical spectacle Samson (1915) and the racial-tolerance petition The Nigger (1915). In the 1920's Lewis devoted himself to action-adventure and western fare. Talkies ended Edgar Lewis' career as a director; he briefly returned to screen acting in 1931 in a brace of budget westerns.