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Edward Sutherland (Albert Edward Sutherland)

Edward Sutherland was a british film director as well as actor who frequently collaborated with Charlie Chaplin including in the Charlie Chaplin directed film A Woman in Paris.

Background

  • Edward Sutherland was born on 5 January, 1895 in London, United Kingdom. His father was a theatre manager and producer and his mother was a vaudeville performer. He was a nephew of both Blanche Ring and Thomas Meighan.

  • Education

    • Edward Sutherland was educated locally.

    Career

    • Sutherland acted in 37 known films early in his career, beginning as a Keystone Cop in "Tillie's Punctured Romance" (1914), which starred Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand and Marie Dressler. He was directed Charlie Chaplin in "A Woman of Paris" (19239, two years before Sutherland began his directing career with the help of Chaplin. It is as a director that he is best known, and he directed over 50 movies between 1925 and 1956. His breakout film was "Behind the Front" (1926) which made stars of the two leads and established Sutherland as a comedic director. Frequently billed as "Eddie Sutherland", he is often noted for having as especially hard time working with Stan Laurel whom he disliked, while becoming close friends with the more famously acerbic W.C.Fields, with whom he established a lifelong friendship. Sutherland was married five times. Among his wives were Marjorie Daw and Louise Brooks (from July 1926 to June 1928). He and Brooks met on the set of "It's the Old Army Game", (1926), which he directed. His notable film credits include: "Diamond Jim" (1935), with Edward Arnold and Jean Arthur, "The Invisible Woman" (1940), with Virginia Bruce and John Barrymore, "One Night in the Tropics" "1940), with Allan Jones, Nancy Kelly, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, "Follow the Boys" (1944), with George Raft and Vera Zorina.

    Connections

    • Sutherland was married five times. Among his wives were Marjorie Daw (from 1923 to 1925) and Louise Brooks (from July 1926 to June 1928). He and Brooks met on the set of It's the Old Army Game, which he directed and which also co-starred his aunt Blanche Ring. Brooks and Sutherland did not have a happy marriage; there were numerous reports on both sides of infidelity. He did not have children in any of his marriages.
    • spouses: Marjorie Daw
    • Louise Brooks
    Edward Sutherland
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    Died December 31, 1973
    (aged 78)
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    • 1925 - 1956
      Film director, actor
      United Kingdom