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William V. Ranous

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William V. Ranous
Born(1857-03-12)March 12, 1857
DiedApril 1, 1915(1915-04-01) (aged 58)
OccupationActor, film director
Years active1907–1915
Spouse(s)Doris Thompson
Inez Marcel

William V. Ranous (March 12, 1857 – April 1, 1915) was an American silent film actor and director and Shakespearean stage actor.


William V. Ranous was born in New York State on March 12, 1857. His first wife was the writer and translator Doris Thompson; he later married actress Inez Marcel.

Ranous appeared in 54 films between 1907 and 1915. He also directed 28 films between 1907 and 1913. He was the first director at Vitagraph Studios[1] and also directed Hiawatha (1909), the first film produced by Carl Laemmle's Independent Moving Pictures Company.[2]

On Broadway, Ranous appeared in Quo Vadis (1900) and Romeo and Juliet (1903).[3]

He died in Santa Monica on April 1, 1915.[4]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ "Photo caption". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. August 21, 1927. p. 126. Retrieved April 2, 2018 – via open access
  2. ^ "Hiawatha (1909)". AFI Catalog. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  3. ^ "William V. Ranous". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on April 3, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Died". Greenfield Gazette and Courier. April 10, 1915. p. 12. Retrieved March 3, 2020 – via NewspaperArchive.

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