Antonio Moreno

Born Sept. 26, 1887, in Madrid, Spain. Moreno was living in Seville in his early teens when two men who were touring Europe took a liking to the boy. With his mother's blessings, he went with the men on th rest of their tour and back to America. A Civil War widow, Charlotte Morgan, paid for him to attend Williston Seminary in Northhampton, MA. While working with a local gas and electric company around 1910, the great stage actress Maude Adams brought a play to town, and Moreno got a job as a walk-on. He toured with the company and continued acting on the stage for the next two years. In 1912, he made his first film, "The Voice of the Million" for Rex. He then secured a job with Biograph and worked with that company, sometimes under D.W. Griffith's direction, until 1914 when he joined Vitagraph. He made almost 50 films for the company and became a much-sought after leading man. He moved to Pathé in mid-1917, but disliked the serials they placed him in. As the twenties began, he secured a contract with Paramount through the help of his friend, the ill-fated William Desmond Taylor. In 1923, he married socialite Daisy Canfield Danziger, and they built one of the most fabulous homes in Hollywood. During the decade, Moreno also worked for First National and MGM starring with some of the biggest female stars such as Gloria Swanson ("My American Wife" - 1922), Colleen Moore ("Look Your Best" - 1923), Mary Miles Minter ("The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" - 1923), Bebe Daniels ("The Exciters" - 1923), Constance Talmadge ("Learning to Love" - 1925 and "Venus of Venice" - 1927) and Pola Negri ("The Spanish Dancer" - 1923). Two of his best remembered roles were in Rex Ingram's "Mare Nostrum" (1926) opposite the beautiful Alice Terry and in Clara Bow's "It" (1927). Both films have survived for viewers today. Because of his Spanish accent, Moreno's days as a leading man came to an end with the coming of sound, although he found sufficient work doing the Spanish versions of sound films during those early days. Although they were separated at the time, Moreno was devastated with the loss of his wife, Daisy, in a car accident in 1933. He continued as a character actor making over 40 films in the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's. Moreno was a wealthy man and lived in his Beverly Hills home quite comfortably. He suffered a stroke in 1965 and passed away Feb. 15, 1967.

Selected films of this star available for viewing:

Judith of Bethulia (1914)

Mare Nostrum (1926)

It (1927)

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