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Oscar Apfel
Born 17 January 1878
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died 21 March 1938
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Other name(s) Oscar C. Apfel
Occupation Actor, film director
Years active 1913 - 1939

Oscar C. Apfel (January 17 1878 – March 21 1938) was an American film actor, director, screenwriter and producer. He appeared in 167 films between 1913 and 1939, and also directed 94 films between 1911 and 1927.


Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Apfel first directed for the Edison Company (Thomas A. Edison, Inc.) in 1911-12, where he made the innovative short film The Passer-By (1912). In 1913, he became one of two main directors for the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company, the other being Cecil B. DeMille. Apfel's directorial collaboration with DeMille was a crucial element in the development of DeMille's filmmaking technique. Apfel is often creditied as being one of the first men (along with DeMille) to bring Hollywood, then known as Hollywoodland, to the world stage. Legend has it that the two filmmakers were scouting for a location to shoot 'The Squaw Man' (1914) in Flagstaff, Arizona. However the conspicuously snow-capped mountains contradicted the picture's sweltering western setting. So they climbed aboard a train and headed west. Eventually they found themselves in a sleepy district of Los Angeles named Hollywoodland. The all year-round sunshine and cheap land made it an ideal place to shoot films.

In late 1914, Apfel left the Lasky Company and directed for various companies into the 1920s, gradually returning to acting.

On March 21, 1938, Apfel died in Hollywood, California from a heart attack.

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