John Willard

American playwright (1885-1942)

1885   -   1942

country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: American English
occupation: playwright, actor, film actor, film director

John Willard (born Willard Clawson, November 28, 1885 – August 30, 1942) was an American playwright and actor. His most famous written work is The Cat and the Canary (1922), which was made into the influential silent film of the same name in 1927. Also, the work was filmed in 1930, in 1939 (starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard) and in 1979 (by Radley Metzger). Willard also co-wrote The Blue Flame (1920) with George V. Hobart. Willard worked as a miner and a reporter, and he was also a published novelist. He also appeared as one of the actors in the Broadway production of The Cat and the Canary. His other acting on Broadway began with George Washington, Jr. (1906) and ended with The Mikado (1936).During World War I as a captain in the United States Army Air Corps, he flew bombing runs over German machine-gun sites.
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The Cat and the Canary

play written by John Willard

author: John Willard


The Blue Flame

1920 play by George V. Hobart and John Willard

author: John Willard

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