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|
|Parent(s):||Charlotte Hennessy, John Charles Smith|
|Relatives:||Mary Pickford (sister), Lottie Pickford (sister)|
|IMDb:||Jack Pickford's IMDb|
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.
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.
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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- Canadian Pioneers in Early Hollywood
- Canadian male silent film actors
- Canadian male child actors
- Film directors from Toronto
- Silent film directors
- Canadian male stage actors
- Male actors from Toronto
- 20th-century Canadian male actors