Wally Van

Active - 1914 - 1925  |   Born - Sep 27, 1885 in Hyde Park, NY  |   Died - May 9, 1974 in Englewood, NJ  |   Genres - Romance, Comedy, Drama

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A popular comedian with the pioneer Vitagraph company prior to World War I, Wally Van (born Wallace Van Nostrand) later became a director of some note, remembered for helming the 1914 parody of action serials, The Fates and Flora Fourflush. Van, who earlier in his career had billed himself a "society entertainer," had been the director of college plays and appeared in various stock companies prior to entering films with Vitagraph in 1911. He became a star opposite dimpled Lillian Walker in the Cutey comedies (released from 1913 to 1915) and was made a director in 1914. Mostly helming potboilers, many of which he also appeared in, Van continued in films until at least 1925.