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Joseph J Dowling

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Nationality  American
Role  Film actor
Name  Joseph Dowling

Years active  1913–1928
Occupation  Actor
Children  Joseph F. Dowling
Joseph J. Dowling
Full Name  Joseph Johnson Dowling
Born  September 4, 1850 (1850-09-04) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died  July 8, 1928, Hollywood, California, United States
Spouse  Sarah J. Hassen (m. 1882–1893), Myra Davis (m. ?–1928)
Parents  James Dowling, Fredericka Dowling
Movies  Little Lord Fauntleroy, The Miracle Man, Her Night of Romance, If You Believe It - It's So, The Gaiety Girl
Similar People  George Loane Tucker, Alfred E Green, Adolph Zukor, Sidney Franklin, Allan Dwan

Joseph Johnson Dowling (September 4, 1850 – July 8, 1928) was an American stage and silent film actor.


Early life and career

Born in Pittsburgh, the son of James and Fredericka (nee Edstrem) Dowling. His father was a native of Pennsylvania while his mother immigrated from Sweden. He had two siblings, Laura and James, both of whom predeceased Dowling.

Dowling began his career on the stage and in vaudeville before he made his film debut in 1913 in Sleuthing. He later appeared in many films with Charles Ray (with whom he appeared in five other features) and William S. Hart. He is best remembered for playing the Patriarch, one of four main characters, in the now lost film The Miracle Man (1919). Dowling continued to appear in major Hollywood silent productions including Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921) with Mary Pickford, Quincy Adams Sawyer (1922) with Lon Chaney and Blanche Sweet, The Christian (1923) with Richard Dix and Mae Busch, One Night in Rome with Laurette Taylor and the Victor Fleming directed Lord Jim (1925).

Personal life

Dowling was married twice. His first marriage was to actress Sarah J. "Sadie" Hassen (neé Berry) born on May 29, 1853. The couple performed together in the play Nobody's Claim, which was written specifically for them by Edwin A. Locke. The play was a hit and the two traveled around the United States performing it. They eventually settled in Mount Clemens, Michigan in 1886. They had a son, Joseph F., in September 1890, and divorced in 1893. He later married actress Myra L. Davis to whom he remained married until his death.


Dowling died on July 8, 1928 in Hollywood. He was survived by his second wife, Myra, and his son from his first marriage.

Selected filmography

  • The Bargain (1914)
  • The Beckoning Flame (1915)
  • The Stepping Stone (1916)
  • The Pinch Hitter (1917)
  • Alimony (1917)
  • Madam Who? (1918)
  • A Little Sister of Everybody (1918)
  • A Man's Man (1918)
  • The Bells (1918)
  • The Miracle Man (1919)
  • Her Purchase Price (1919)
  • Big Happiness (1920)
  • Everybody's Sweetheart (1920)
  • A Splendid Hazard (1920)
  • The Christian (1923)
  • Tiger Rose (1923)
  • Enemies of Children (1923)
  • The Courtship of Miles Standish (1923)
  • The Gaiety Girl (1924)
  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1924)
  • One Night in Rome (1924)
  • Her Night of Romance (1924)
  • Flower of the Night (1925)
  • Confessions of a Queen (1925)
  • Lord Jim (1925)
  • Why Girls Go Back Home (1926)
  • References

    Joseph J. Dowling Wikipedia