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John Bowers

Early publicity photo of John Bowers
Born John E. Bowersox
December 25, 1885(1885-12-25)
Garrett, Indiana
Died November 17, 1936 (aged 50)
Santa Monica, California
Other name(s) John E. Bowers
Occupation Actor
Years active 1914–1931
Spouse(s) Marguerite De La Motte (1924-1936)

John Bowers (December 25, 1885 – November 17, 1936) was an American stage and silent film actor who starred in ninety-four films including short subjects.



Born John E. Bowersox in Garrett, Indiana, to George and Ida Bowersox, he attended Huntington Business College in Huntington, Indiana, where he became interested in acting. He joined a stock stage group and traveled until he landed in New York in 1912, where he appeared in Broadway productions. Bowers began his film career in 1914. Within five years, he became one of the most popular leading men. During his career he co-starred frequently with Marguerite De La Motte, whom he later married.

Like many silent film stars, Bowers saw his career collapse when talkies became the standard. On November 17, 1936, he drowned himself in the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica, California. He was fifty years old. His life is often identified as inspiration for the character Norman Maine in A Star is Born (1937).[1]

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, John Bowers has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1701 Vine Street.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1914 The Baited Trap Blondie
1915 The Woman Pays John Langton Credited as John E. Bowers
1916 Madame X Monsieur Floriot
1917 Darkest Russia Alexis Nazimoff
1918 A Woman of Redemption Tim Stanton
1919 Strictly Confidential Vernon, Lord Bantock
1920 Godless Men Dan Darrin
1921 The Ace of Hearts Mr. Forrest
1922 Quincy Adams Sawyer Quincy Adams Sawyer
1923 The Woman of Bronze Paddy Miles
1924 Code of the Wilderness Rex Randerson
1925 Daughters Who Pay Dick Foster
1925 Confessions of a Queen Prince Alexei
1926 The Dice Woman Hamlin
1927 The Heart of the Yukon Jim Winston
1929 Say It with Songs Dr. Burnes, surgeon
1931 Mounted Fury Jim Leyton


  1. ^ Brettell, Andrew; King, Noel; Kennedy, Damien; Imwold, Denise (2005). Cut!: Hollywood Murders, Accidents, and Other Tragedies. Leonard, Warren Hsu; von Rohr, Heather. Barrons Educational Series. pp. 71. ISBN 0-764-15858-9.  

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