Sam De Grasse



Birth Place
Bathurst, New Brunswick, CA
June 20, 1875
November 29, 1953
Cause of Death
Heart Attack


Sam De Grasse was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. De Grasse's career in acting began with his roles in various films like "The Martyrs of the Alamo" (1915), the Lillian Gish historical feature "Birth of a Nation" (1915) and "The Good Bad Man" (1916). He also appeared in the Lillian Gish historical drama "Intolerance" (1916), "The Hope Chest" (1918) and "Blind Husband...


Sam De Grasse was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. De Grasse's career in acting began with his roles in various films like "The Martyrs of the Alamo" (1915), the Lillian Gish historical feature "Birth of a Nation" (1915) and "The Good Bad Man" (1916). He also appeared in the Lillian Gish historical drama "Intolerance" (1916), "The Hope Chest" (1918) and "Blind Husbands" (1919). His film career continued throughout the twenties in productions like "The Devil's Passkey" (1920), "The Cheater Reformed" (1921) and the Douglas Fairbanks adventure "Robin Hood" (1922). He also appeared in "Circus Days" (1923). In the latter part of his career, he tackled roles in "The Eagle of the Sea" (1926), "King of Kings" (1927) and "Captain Salvation" (1927). He also appeared in "The Fighting Eagle" (1927) and "The Man Who Laughs" (1928). De Grasse last acted in "Wall Street" (1929). De Grasse passed away in November 1953 at the age of 78.



Cast (Feature Film)

Captain of the Guard (1930)
Silks and Saddles (1929)
William Morrissey
Wall Street (1929)
John Willard
Honor Bound (1928)
Blood Keller
The Man Who Laughs (1928)
King James
Our Dancing Daughters (1928)
Freddie's father
The Racket (1928)
District Attorney
The King of Kings (1927)
The Pharisee
When a Man Loves (1927)
Comte Guillot de Morfontaine
The Fighting Eagle (1927)
The Country Doctor (1927)
Ira Harding
The Wreck of the Hesperus (1927)
Capt. David Slocum
Captain Salvation (1927)
Peter Campbell
Her Second Chance (1926)
Love's Blindness (1926)
Benjamin Levy
The Eagle of the Sea (1926)
Colonel Lestron
The Black Pirate (1926)
Mike (1926)
Broken Hearts of Hollywood (1926)
Defense attorney
Sun-Up (1925)
Sheriff Weeks
One Year To Live (1925)
Dr. Lucien La Pierre
On the Threshold (1925)
Daniel Masters
The Mansion of Aching Hearts (1925)
Martin Craig
Sally, Irene and Mary (1925)
Officer O'Dare
Heir-Loons (1925)
The Virgin (1924)
Ricardo Ruiz
Pagan Passions (1924)
Frank Langley
A Self-Made Failure (1924)
Cyrus Cruikshank
Painted People (1924)
Henry Parrish
The Spoilers (1923)
Judge Stillman
Slippy McGee (1923)
Father De Rance
Robin Hood (1923)
Prince John
The Dancer of the Nile (1923)
The Courtship of Miles Standish (1923)
John Carver
Tiger Rose (1923)
Dr. Cusick
In the Palace of the King (1923)
King Philip II
A Prince of a King (1923)
Duke Roberto
Circus Days (1923)
Mr. Lord
Forsaking All Others (1922)
Dr. Mason
A Wife's Awakening (1921)
George Otis
The Cheater Reformed (1921)
Thomas Edinburgh
Courage (1921)
Stephan Blackmoore
The Broken Gate (1920)
"Hod" Brooks
The Devil's Passkey (1920)
Warren Goodwright
Moon Madness (1920)
Unseen Forces (1920)
Captain Stanley
Uncharted Channels (1920)
Nicholas Schonn
Sis Hopkins (1919)
The Silk Lined Burglar (1919)
Boston Blackie
The Mother and the Law (1919)
Arthur Jenkins
Heart O' the Hills (1919)
Steve Honeycutt
Brace Up (1918)
"National" Jim
The Narrow Path (1918)
Malcolm Dunn
The Mortgaged Wife (1918)
The Hope Chest (1918)
Ballantyne, Sr.
Smashing Through (1918)
Earl Foster
Six Shooter Andy (1918)
Tom Slade
Winner Takes All (1918)
Mark Thorne
The Guilt of Silence (1918)
Gambler Joe
A Woman's Fool (1918)
Her Official Fathers (1917)
Ethan Dexter
The Winged Mystery (1917)
Mortimer Eddington
Anything Once (1917)
Sir Mortimer Beggs
Madame Bo-Peep (1917)
Jose Alvarez
The Scarlet Car (1917)
Ernest Peabody
Jim Bludso (1917)
Ben Merrill
Wild and Woolly (1917)
Steve Shelby
An Old Fashioned Young Man (1917)
Harold T. King
Cross Currents (1916)
Silas Randolph
An Innocent Magdalene (1916)
Forbes Stewart
The Half-Breed (1916)
Sheriff Dunn
The Good Bad Man (1916)
Bud Frazer
Acquitted (1916)
Ira Wolcott
Intolerance (1916)
Diane of the Follies (1916)
Phillips Christy
A Man and His Mate (1915)
The Martyrs of the Alamo (1915)
Silent Smith
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Charles Sumner
A Child of God (1915)
Jim MacPherson

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Dog Law (1928)
Director of Photography

Life Events


Film acting debut


Movie Clip

When A Man Loves (1927) -- (Movie Clip) Temptations Of The Flesh Introduction of leading man John Barrymore, meeting Manon (Dolores Costello), en route to life in a convent, in the hit Warner Brothers treatment of Manon Lescaut, the 1731 novel by the Abbe Prevost, restored by UCLA and the George Eastman House, When A Man Loves, 1927.
When A Man Loves (1927) -- (Movie Clip) Please Trust Me As A Friend Fabien (John Barrymore), entranced by the beauty of Manon (Dolores Costello), abandons his pursuit of the priesthood and rescues her from her brother (Warner Oland), who’s just sold her into prostitution, in 18th century France, in When A Man Loves, 1927, adapted from Manon Lescaut.
Good Bad Man, The (1916) -- (Movie Clip) I'm Here To Stay! The just-introduced villain “The Wolf” (Sam De Grasse) arrives to court reluctant Amy (Bessie Love) while the new semi-bandit boarder “Passin’ Through” (Douglas Fairbanks, also author and producer) makes friends with her father, before their first clash, in The Good Bad Man, 1916.
Half-Breed, The (1916) -- (Movie Clip) L'Eau Dormante Confirmed in the prologue as the orphan of a despicable northern Californian and a scorned Indian mother, producer and star Douglas Fairbanks appears in a loincloth in the title role, and learns of the cruel ways of the white man, in The Half-Breed, 1916, from a Bret Harte story.
Half-Breed, The (1916) -- (Movie Clip) My Father Was A White Man! Welcomed at first into a California town, “Lo Dorman” (Douglas Fairbanks), as he’s known to Indian brethren, is separated from Nellie (Jewel Carmen) by her pastor father (Frank Brownlee) then encounters the crooked sheriff (Sam De Grasse), neither knowing of their kinship, in The Half-Breed, 1916.
Black Pirate, The (1926) -- (Movie Clip) Even On This Dark Soil Writer, producer and star Douglas Fairbanks doesn’t appear in the opening, as we join the prologue, pirates looting a taken ship, with general and specific callous acts of murder, Anders Randolf their captain, in the third feature made with two-strip Technicolor, from United Artists, The Black Pirate, 1926.
Black Pirate, The (1926) -- (Movie Clip) I Would Join Your Company! The pirates (Anders Randolf the leader, Donald Crisp their second) who took the ship on which he traveled have appeared on the island where survivor Douglas Fairbanks (the co-writer, producer and star) has just buried, and sworn to avenge, his father, launching his infiltration scheme, in The Black Pirate, 1926.
Captain Salvation (1927) -- (Movie Clip) Down Sea From Boston Opening, fictional 1840 New England, we meet Mary (Marceline Day), her reverend-father (Jay Hunt) and star Lars Hanson, the Swede imported by Lillian Gish to co-star in The Scarlet Letter, playing a seafaring divinity student, plus his grumpy ship-owner uncle (Sam De Grasse), in MGM's Captain Salvation, 1927.
Captain Salvation (1927) -- (Movie Clip) Waterfront Jezebel MGM roars a silent Nor'easter into 1840 New England, among those rescued is de-facto leading lady Pauline Starke as "Bess Morgan," and nobody cares about her except the leading man Lars Hanson, as sailor and ministry student "Anson," his girlfriend Mary (Marceline Day) confused, in Captain Salvation, 1927.


Joseph De Grasse