Catholics in the Movies: Robert Harron (1893-1920)

Robert Harron

Bobby Harron was one of the leading stars of the 1910’s, appearing in some of the greatest films of the era under director D.W. Griffith. Born Robert Emmet Harron, he grew up in Greenwich Village, where he was taught by the Christian Brothers. At thirteen he started as a messenger boy for the Biograph Company [Read More...]

Catholics in the Movies: Ruth Clifford (1900-1998)

Ruth Clifford

Born in Naragansett, Rhode Island, Ruth Clifford attended St. Mary’s Seminary, a Catholic girls school there. After her mother’s death, she went to live with her aunt, an actress in California. She began a 62-year-career in film and television in 1915 as a teenager. By the 1920’s she was playing lead roles, but with the [Read More...]

Catholics in the Movies: George O’Brien (1899-1985)

George OBrien

The son of San Francisco’s police chief, George O’Brien was the grandson of Irish immigrants who settled in that city during the 1870’s. After graduating high school, he served in the Navy during World War I. He served as a stretcher bearer during the war and was later Light Heavyweight Champion of the Pacific Fleet. [Read More...]