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Raymond Cannon (actor)

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Raymond Cannon
Raymond Cannon in a silent film (SAYRE 17479).jpg
Cannon in 1922
Ulises Tildmann Cannon[1]: 270 

(1892-09-01)September 1, 1892
DiedJune 7, 1977(1977-06-07) (aged 84)
Other namesRay Cannon
OccupationFilm actor
Film director
Years active1913–1977
(m. 1920; div. 1931)
Parent(s)Newton Cannon
Sarah Lincoln Bolinger
RelativesManual Cannon (brother)
Thornburg Cannon (brother)

Raymond Cannon (born Ulises Tildmann Cannon;[1]: 270  September 1, 1892 – June 7, 1977) was an American actor, film director, screenwriter, journalist, and author known for his work with D. W. Griffith and Buster Keaton.


Ulises Tillman Cannon was born September 1, 1892 in Long Hollow, Tennessee to Newton Cannon and Sarah Lincoln Bolinger. In 1910 he was working at a soda fountain in Knoxville, but after leaving divinity school, he moved west, performing in vaudeville and working as a journalist in Dallas and Fort Worth.[1] In April 1918, Cannon became a journalist for Elmer M. Robbins' weekly magazine Camera! The Digest of the Motion Picture Industry. E.M. Robbins died in 1920 and Cannon bought the magazine in 1921,[1] co-publishing it with Lola B Robbins[2] until he sold his interest in 1922.[1] On February 19, 1929, Cannon married Fanchon Royer, an actress-turned-journalist who began as society editor, then assistant editor, and then editor at Camera! until leaving it in 1922. She and Cannon divorced in 1931.[1]


Dorothy Gish and Raymond Cannon in Nugget Nell (1919)
Dorothy Gish and Raymond Cannon in Nugget Nell (1919)

When Cannon reached Los Angeles in the early 1910s, he was using the name Raymond and his first acting job was in Long Beach in 1912 performing at the Bentley Grand Theater. He then found work in films with the Thomas Ince Company. His first film role was in the Selig Polyscope serial The Adventures of Kathlyn in 1913.[1] Cannon worked for D. W. Griffith and appeared in several Dorothy Gish films. When Griffith moved his productions to Mamaroneck, New York, Cannon remained in Los Angeles as a freelancer working with Douglas MacLean. In 1924, Cannon left acting and began screenwriting. In 1925, Cannon had been hired by Buster Keaton and co-wrote the 1925 film Go West, after which Keaton loaned him to Universal Studios and Cannon did not return. After numerous projects as film director and screenwriter, his last film effort was Samurai for Cavalcade Pictures in 1945, after which he turned his attentions to Los Angeles stage. One of his productions Her Majesty the Prince, starred Carla Laemmle.[1]

Cannon with Rhea Haines and Dorothy Gish in Turning the Tables (1919)
Cannon with Rhea Haines and Dorothy Gish in Turning the Tables (1919)

Entering semi-retirement at the urging of his doctor, Cannon turned his attention to his hobby of sport fishing off the Baja coast. He subsequently wrote the books How to Fish the Pacific Coast (1952) and The Sea of Cortez (1965), as well as authoring a fishing column in Western Outdoor News for 24 years. Laemmle became his long-term typist, illustrator, researcher, and editor.[1] He and Laemmle remained companions until his death in 1977 from complications resulting from treatment for lung cancer.[1][3]






  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Foote, Lisle (2014). "Raymond Cannon". Buster Keaton's Crew: The Team Behind His Silent Films. McFarland. pp. 44–49. ISBN 1476618062.
  2. ^ The Journal of Information for Literary Workers: The Literary Market. 53. The Editor. January 18, 1921. p. 115. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  3. ^ Fox, Margalit (June 19, 2014). "Carla Laemmle, Actress Since the 1920s, Dies at 104". The New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2015.

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