J. Frank Glendon
Jonathan Leroy Logan
Other name variations:
Frank J. Glendon
Jonathan Frank Logan
Frank L. Logan
1885 - 1937
(Image courtesy of Jack Tillmany)Above - Glendon circa 1935
J. Frank Glendon was born in Ohio but grew up in the Helena, Montana area. His parents were George E. Logan (1852-1926) and Margaret Caroline Patterson Logan (1854-1924), and father George was a Methodist minister.
Born Jonathan Leroy Logan, he got the acting bug, went to New York and did some stage plays ... and changed his name to J. Frank Glendon. His cinema career began around 1915, and he starred in some silent westerns and serials. In sound films, he did villain or support/bit roles in B-westerns with Jack Hoxie, Lane Chandler, Tim McCoy, Buck Jones, Gene Autry, John Wayne, Rex Lease and others. And he also worked in a half-dozen or so cliffhangers for Universal and Mascot.
Glendon wound up with dual responsibilities in the anemic Montie Montana oater CIRCLE OF DEATH (Willis Kent, 1935). Willis Kent was searching for a replacement for Reb Russell, his prior screen hero, and was trying out Montie as a leading man. Somehow Glendon got the directing job in addtion to portraying the sheriff.
Jack Tillmany notes that the Variety tradepaper lists March 17, 1937 as the date of J. Frank Glendon's death.
The Family Search website (free), Ancestry.com (subscription), death certificate, and funeral notices have a confusing trail of information on Logan/Glendon. Most of the questions relate to his real/birth name vs. several other name variations. It appears that there were two marriages - his first was to a Lesley/Leslie Cook, and at the time of his death in 1937, his wife was Virginia McCandless.
- 1880 census: 27 year old George Logan, 25 year old wife Caroline Logan, 4 year old son George E. Logan, 2 year old son Wilbur C. Logan, and 7 month old son Jessie Logan are living in Buckskin Township, Ross County, Ohio. Parents and children were all born in Ohio: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M8SV-R2Y
- this link will take you to a list of Ohio births in the 1880s for last name of "Logan". Jonathan Leroy Logan is the first name on the list, and he was born October 25, 1885 in Buckskin Township, Ross County, Ohio. In the right side column, look for parents George and M. C. Patterson/Caroline Patterson. It appears that Margaret C. Logan's middle name was Caroline and her maiden name was Patterson: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-28663-48253-94?cc=1932106
- 1900 census: 47 year old George and 45 year old wife Margaret C. Logan are living in Sand Coulee Township, Cascade County, Montana. There are four sons: 24 year old George E., 22 year old Wilbur C., 17 year old Robert O., and 14 year old Frank L. (which is Glendon). Parents and children were all born in Ohio: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MM5Q-NCP
1900 census takers worksheet lists father George's occupation as "Preacher", and 14 year old son Frank L. as "at school" and born October, 1885: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11630-279063-66?cc=1325221&wc=MMPN-56G:1243467055
- March 27, 1909 marriage index record of Jonathan Logan (born about 1886 in Ohio) to Leslie Cook (born about 1889 in Alabama) in Manhattan, New York: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24H8-716
- 1910 census: 57 year old George Logan and 55 year old wife Margret C. are residing in Helena, Montana and all the children are gone: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MLCH-Z5N
- 1920 census: 34 year old Jonathan F. Glendon (born Ohio), 30 year old wife Lesley (born Alabama), and 9 year old daughter Lesley G. (born Canada) are living in Long Beach, California. The spelling of "Lesley" is probably an error by the census taker and should be spelled "Leslie": https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHQ8-5HC
Ancestry had the 1920 census takers worksheet: Jonathon F. Glendon and family are renting at 955 Daisy Avenue in Long Beach. He reports his occupation as "Actor - moving pictures".
- Ancestry had Los Angeles City Directories and Voter Registrations, and during the period 1918-1924, there are entries for J. Frank Glendon and wife Leslie.
- 1930 census: 40 year old Jonathan Logan (born Ohio) and his 28 year old wife Virginia (born California) reside in Los Angeles, California: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XCJB-8VS
Ancestry had the 1930 census takers worksheet - Jonathan and Virginia Logan are renting at 1302 Seward, Los Angeles. His occupation is "Actor - Motion Pictures", and he answered "No" to the are you a military veteran question.
- Death certificate: 50 year old Jonathan Frank Glendon was born October 25, 1886 to George Logan and Margaret Campbell. His occupation was "lecturer - Technocracy"; wife was Virginia McCandless Glendon and they lived at 5712 La Mirada Avenue, Los Angeles. He had been hospitalized for about a week and passed away on March 17, 1937 at the East Los Angeles Hospital from peritonitis due to appendicitis and gall bladder surgery. Death certificate informant was James McCandless, Los Angeles. Glendon was cremated and interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.
- there is a funeral notice in a March 18, 1937 newspaper. Excerpt: "Jonathan F. Glendon, beloved husband of Virginia Glendon; father of Mrs. Glendora Schraeger ... Services Saturday ... Forest Lawn Memorial Park ..."
Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a picture of the marker for Glendon who is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California. The name shown on the marker is Jonathan F. Glendon and the birth and death dates are 1886 - 1937: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=18656
Note also the "For Technocracy" comments on Glendon's marker. Technocracy was a political/social movement related to the Great Depression. Read more about Technocracy at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technocracy_movement
One of Glendon's silent screen roles was as the jealous husband to star Clara Kimball Young in HUSH (Equity, 1921). There's a multi-page article on the film at: http://www.stanford.edu/~gdegroat/CKY/reviews/hush.htm
and Glendon is shown on the right side of the photo on page 4 of that article: http://www.stanford.edu/~gdegroat/CKY/reviews/HushMPC4.jpg
Although some of the data may be incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on J. Frank Glendon: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0322551/
The J. Frank Glendon scrapbook
(Courtesy of Abe Snow) |Abe Snow purchased some movie memorabilia at an auction. Inside the box was a scrapbook for J. Frank Glendon which chronicles his life from 1902 to the mid 1930s. The scrapbook belonged to Evangeline Clara McIlveen Logan (1883-1950), the wife of Glendon's brother Robert Otis Logan (1882-1969).|
The newspaper article on the left has no info as to source or date. But our Hollywood J. Frank Glendon appears to be well known in Helena, Montana as J. Frank Logan, the son of Reverend George Logan, a local Methodist minister. There are three films mentioned: HER RECKONING (1915), THE SALAMANDER (1916), AND THE PRICE OF MALICE (1916). Thus, the article has to be from 1916 or later.
Also in the scrapbook was the business card (below) for J. F. Logan, when he was the manager of the local Union Coal company in Helena, Montana.
The Glendon photo at the bottom is also not identified as to source or time, but based on the dark hair and youthful face, it is probably from circa 1916-1920 when Glendon was in his early thirties.
(Courtesy of Abe Snow) (Courtesy of Abe Snow)
|Left is a 1927 newspaper ad for Frank J. Glendon, "the Wyoming Whirlwind", starring in SMASHED BACK (Great Western Producing Company, 1926).|
Note the name variation - Frank J. Glendon.
|(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above - J. Frank Glendon is in the center and an unidentified player on the left. The performer on the right is young Hoot Gibson, several years prior to his starring days as a western movie hero. This is a chapter 13 card from the 15 episode serial THE WOMAN IN THE WEB (Vitagraph, 1918) which had Glendon and Hedda Nova in the lead roles.
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above from left to right are hero Lane Chandler, Phyllis Barrington, an unidentified player, J. Frank Glendon (as the local minister/parson) and Bart Carre in a still from THE RECKLESS RIDER (Willis Kent, 1932).
(From Old Corral image collection)
Above - a still and a closeup/crop of Gene Autry pummeling J. Frank Glendon (as "Professor Beetson") in chapter 12 of THE PHANTOM EMPIRE (Mascot, 1935).
Above is a screen capture from the Gene Autry cliffhanger THE PHANTOM EMPIRE (Mascot, 1935) showing J. Frank Glendon (as "Professor Beetson") and Edward Peil (wearing glasses in the role of "Dr. Cooper").
(From Old Corral image collection)
Card cheat Wheeler Oakman is on the right with a derringer on Rex Lease, while saloon owner J. Frank Glendon enjoys a cigar at his desk. Scene from the Tim McCoy ACES AND EIGHTS (Puritan, 1936), one of Glendon's last film appearances. Glendon worked in five mid 1930s Tim McCoy oaters.