Willis Marks Papers
Willis (Willie) Marks was a screen actor in silent films and a stage actor. He directed his first plays in his hometown of Rochester, Minn. and by the 1888/1889 season he worked in St. Paul, Minn. During the early 1900's he moved to Los Angeles, Calif. and in 1910 played a minor part in the silent film, Over the Garden Wall. He was a member of the cast in the silent films: Mysterious Mrs. M (1917); The Unknown soldier (1917); The Jack-knife man (1920); Traveling on (1922); and Abraham Lincoln (1924). He worked in films from 1916-1926. He and his wife Carroll Marshall produced plays for the Burbank Theater. The collection consists of promptbooks, property plots, property lists, music plots, scene (set) plots, light plots, and sides that belonged to screen and stage actor Willis Marks along with scripts for late 19th century and early 20th century stock theater plays.
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Biographical / Historical
Willis Marks was born August 20, 1865 in Rochester, Minnesota. He directed his first plays locally and by the 1888-1989 season was working in the theater in St. Paul. During the next decade he moved to Los Angeles. He played a minor part in the silent film Over the Garden Wall in 1910, and worked in films from 1916 to 1926, primarily as an actor. He and his wife, Carroll Marshall, also produced plays for the Burbank Theater. He died on December 6, 1952 in Los Angeles.
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