Jack Richardson

Active - 1917 - 1951  |   Born - Nov 18, 1883   |   Died - Nov 1, 1957   |   Genres - Drama, Western, Crime, Comedy, Action

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Biography by Hans J. Wollstein

A veteran stage actor, Jack Richardson began his screen career at the American Film Manufacturing Company opposite his then-wife Louise Lester, the studio's comic "Calamity Anne." One of the better "Boss Heavies" around, Richardson even starred in a couple of low-budget Westerns in the 1920s, but was not really suitable hero material. Today he is perhaps best remembered for playing the brutal servant -- in blackface, no less -- in Thomas H. Ince's justly infamous Free and Equal (1915, released 1925). Richardson's career lasted through the 1940s, but mostly in minor roles.

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