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Birth Name: Allan Dwan
Born: 04/03/1885
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA
Death Place: Woodland Hills, California, USA
Died: 12/21/1981

Dwan's career spanned the history of American motion pictures, from the days of silent one-reelers to modern Technicolor features that utilized some of the cinematic techniques whose use he had pioneered. By his own estimate, Dwan participated in the making of 1,850 films, some 400 of these as a director. (Only a few of his works remain extant.)

In 1911 he moved to the American Film Company, where he got the opportunity to direct when the person originally given the assignment was discovered drunk. Dwan made more than 250 films there, mostly one- reel westerns, which he later recalled "the actors showed me how to direct."

It was Dwan's engineering skills that were particularly useful to ... Continue Bio >>

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