Jack Pickford

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Movie Actor
Date of Birth August 18, 1896
Place of Birth Canada
Date of Death Jan 3, 1933 (36)
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Jack Pickford

Jack Pickford was a Canadian-born American actor, film director and producer. He was the younger brother of actresses Mary and Lottie Pickford. After their father deserted the family, all three Pickford children began working as child actors on the stage. Mary later became a highly popular silent film actress, producer and early Hollywood pioneer. While Jack also appeared in numerous films as the "All American boy next door" and was a fairly popular performer, he was overshadowed by his sister's success. Also, by the late 1920s, his career had begun to decline due to alcohol, drugs and chronic depression.

Born: John Charles Smith, August 18, 1896, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: January 03, 1933, Paris, France
Resting place: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Occupation: Actor, director, producer
Years active: 1909-1928
Parent(s): Charlotte Hennessy, John Charles Smith
Relatives: Mary Pickford (sister), Lottie Pickford (sister)
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About Jack Pickford

Known best as the brother of child star Mary Pickford, this Canadian-born performer played numerous childhood and teenage film roles himself, most notably appearing in cinematic adaptations of Tom Sawyer and Great Expectations.

Before Fame

After his father left the family, young Pickford and his two sisters relocated from Toronto to New York to support themselves and their mother through performing in theatrical productions.


His life was marked by alcohol abuse and personal scandal, and he died at the age of thirty-six from advanced-stage syphilis.

Family Life

His first marriage, to dancer and actress Olive Thomas, ended with Thomas' early death from a drug overdose. He later married two more Ziegfeld Follies girls: Marilyn Miller and Mary Mulhern (both unions ended in divorce).


He appeared with Beatrice Lillie in the 1926 comedy movie Exit Smiling.

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