Entering film as a director in 1911, Apfel enjoyed several successful collaborations with Cecil B. DeMille (notably on "The Squaw Man" 1914), before moving to Fox and then free-lancing for a number of years. His behind-the-camera career faded by the late 1920s, though, and subsequently he found steady work as a character actor in the sound era, most typically in distinguished, authoritative roles.
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Film directing debut
Co-directed C.B. DeMille's directorial debut "The Squaw Man," which was also one of the earliest feature-length films made in the US
Joined Fox studios
Directed last film
Focused career on acting; earliest films in which he only acted included "The Heart of Broadway"
Last acting roles in features included those in "History Is Made at Night" and "The Toast of New York"