|The 'brains' and 'action' heavies who had meaty roles and lots of dialog ... and the players who were fathers, ranch owners, lawman, mayors, judges, lawyers, storekeepers, newspaper editors, wardens, etc.|
Ingraham, circa 1934
Illinois born Lloyd Ingraham learned his acting trade doing plays and touring with repertory companies. He arrived in Hollywood around 1912 and became a prolific silent screen actor and director, and his bosses included Thomas Ince and Louis B. Mayer. He directed or acted in about a dozen 1913 - 1914 'Broncho Billy' Anderson westerns for Essanay. Then came movie roles and directing jobs for the American Film Company and Triangle-Fine Arts and Lloyd worked with many notables including D. W. Griffith and Douglas Fairbanks. In the late 1920s, Ingraham was at FBO and Paramount, directing/co-directing Fred Thomson oaters including Thomson's last, KIT CARSON (Paramount, 1928).
When talkies arrived, Lloyd had passed the half century mark in age and moved in front of the camera. In B westerns, he was a familiar face (along with Lafe McKee, John Elliott and a few others) that specialized in playing the white-haired and kindly rancher or heroine's father, as well as a respectable lawman, doctor, banker, lawyer, judge, etc. And in TEXAS GUN-FIGHTER (Tiffany, 1932), he plays "Banty", an old-timer sidekick to hero Ken Maynard.
Ingraham's cinema career spanned nearly forty years, from approximately 1912 - 1950. His quantity of film work is significant - Lloyd directed 100+ silents and acted in over 300 silents and talkies. Les Adams has him identified in about 180 sound era films, and that number includes 115 westerns and 7 chapterplays. During the period 1935 - 1950, Ingraham worked at Republic Pictures in a mixture of about three dozen westerns, serials and other features. His last movie role was in 1950.
81 year old Lloyd Ingraham passed away at the Motion Picture Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California on April 4, 1956.
Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Lloyd Ingraham: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0408937/
Lois Ingraham, Lloyd's youngest child, appeared in a few silents: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0408938/
Ingraham directed about fifteen American Film Company titles during the years 1917 - 1919. The website for the American Film Company (nicknamed the "Flying A") is maintained by the University of California at Santa Barbara. When you get to this webpage, click on the letter I, and scroll down the listing for Lloyd Ingraham: http://www.filmandmedia.ucsb.edu/flyinga/people/index.html
The Family Search website (free), Newspaper Archive (subscription), California Death Index and the death certificate provide more on Lloyd Ingraham:
Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a photo of the marker for Lloyd C. Ingraham (1874-1956) and his wife Maude (1883-1969) who are interred at Chapel Of The Pines, Los Angeles, California: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11753592
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above is a lobby card of Fred Thomson and Silver King from SILVER COMES THRU (FBO, 1927). Lloyd Ingraham (name in bottom center) was over fifty years old when he directed this silent. Ingraham directed or co-directed several Thomson oaters, including JESSE JAMES (Paramount, 1927) and KIT CARSON (Paramount, 1928).
(Image courtesy of Ed Tabor)
Above from left to right are John Wayne, Lloyd Ingraham (as the prison warden), Eddie Parker, and Jay Wilsey (Buffalo Bill, Jr.) in a lobby card from Wayne's RAINBOW VALLEY (Lone Star/Monogram, 1935).
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above from L-to-R are Carl Stockdale, Rosalind Keith, Tom Chatterton, Lloyd Ingraham (as a judge), George O'Brien, and two unidentified players in a scene from O'Brien's TROUBLE IN SUNDOWN (RKO, 1939).