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Bryant and Nazimova circa 1912-1913

Charles Bryant (8 January 1879 – 7 August 1948) was a British actor and film director.

Biography

Bryant was born in Hartford, Cheshire, and educated at Ardingly College. He left school at the age of 14 to become a stage actor, and three years later traveled to America to begin working on Broadway, starring in The First Born in 1887.

Bryant starred in A Train of Incidents (1914), and War Brides (1916), which was also the first film his beard wife, Alla Nazimova featured in. Although gay, Bryant had married Alla Nazimova in 1912. Bryant and Nazimova signed with Metro Pictures in 1918 and starred alongside each other in a number of films including Revelation, Out of the Fog, and Billions. In 1918, Nazimova founded Nazimova Productions and it was there that Bryant began directing, with the pair creating a film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé in 1923. Byrant and Nazimova's pairing was short lived however. Salomé was ostensibly too far ahead of its time and failed at the box office bankrupting Nazimova Productions. Bryant never worked in film again, instead returning to Broadway. He divorced Nazimova shortly after leaving Hollywood, their marriage apparently having been only one of convenience and no longer necessary. He died in Mount Kisco, New York aged 69.

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