1 Biography 2 Partial filmography 3 References 4 External links
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Gowland started work as a sailor and later became the mate on a ship.
For several years from the age of 25 he went to South Africa, where he
hunted for big game, prospected for diamonds and also organised a
theatrical company in Johannesburg, and acted in it. He prospected in
Canada, where he made his debut on the legitimate stage.[citation
Gowland went to the United States from Britain, by way of Canada, in
1913 where he met Beatrice Bird, also from Great Britain, whom he
married. They moved to Hollywood, working as bit players. In 1914 he
acted in D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation, followed by Intolerance.
In 1916, his son, actor and photographer Peter Gowland, was
Often cast as a villain, his only starring role (out of 63 films) was
in Greed (1924), directed by Erich von Stroheim, based on the Frank
Norris novel McTeague, and costarring ZaSu Pitts. The film has since
become a classic, despite its having been cut to one-fifth its
original length for commercial release by MGM. Gowland portrayed the
protagonist, dentist John McTeague. Von Stroheim also directed Gowland
in his 1919 film Blind Husbands.
Gowland was cast as Simon Buquet in the 1925 film version of The
Phantom of the Opera. He had bit parts in dozens of films between
1938-45, but was rarely credited on-screen. After two divorces,
Gowland returned to
Birth of a Nation
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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 18882040 LCCN: n92101452 ISNI: 0000 0000 8069 9990 GND: 1061511758 SUDOC: 118238752 BNF: cb1468