Charles Ashton and British Silent Films

British Silent Film Star – Charles Ashton

Frank Vosper

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(1899-1937) Portrait of Frank Vosper, actor, by Thomas Staedeli.  Image held at

Vosper made his stage debut in 1919 and was best known for playing urbane villains. He made his film debut in 1926 with the silent films: “The  Woman Juror” and “Blinkeyes”.   He wrote his first play in 1927: The Combined Maze”, which was praised as an outstanding modern theatre play by the critics. It followed other plays, from thrillers to comedies.  He died on 6 March 1937, at the age of 37 years, when he was drowned after falling from the transatlantic liner, SS Paris.  The death was eventually ruled as accidental after considerable media speculation.


Written by anneramsden

April 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm

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