Al Filson

Active - 1913 - 1922  |   Born - Jan 27, 1857 in Blufton, IN  |   Died - Nov 14, 1925   |   Genres - Adventure, Drama

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A veteran character actor who had toured with the likes of William Gillespie and Mrs. Fiske, exotic-looking Al Filson was a member of the first Los Angeles-based Selig company, appearing mainly as villains in scores of one and two-reel melodramas and Westerns, often opposite his wife Lea Errol (in Bridge of Shadows [1913] and Memories [1914]). He later played the sheik in Edgar Rice Burroughs' The Lad and the Lion (1917) and was Bill Bones in Maurice Tourneur's version of Treasure Island (1920). Illness curtailed his screen work in 1922.