Ince, Thomas H.

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Birth 1882-11-06
Death 1924-11-19

Biographical notes:

Motion picture producer, director, actor, and screenwriter. Born 1882, died 1924. Full name: Thomas Harper Ince.

From the description of Thomas H. Ince papers, 1913-1964 (bulk 1917-1936). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70982874

Producer, director, screenwriter, actor.

Ince lived from 1880 to 1924.

From the description of Papers, 1907-1925. (Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)). WorldCat record id: 122516910

Biographical Note

  • 1882, Nov. 6: Born, Newport, R.I.
  • circa 1889: Stage debut
  • circa 1898: Broadway debut
  • 1907: Married Elinor Kershaw
  • 1910: Began work in motion pictures Acted in films for the Biograph and Independent Motion Pictures companies Directed Little Nell's Tobacco for Independent Motion Pictures Co., his first film
  • 1911: Joined New York Motion Picture Co. and moved to California to make westerns
  • circa 1912: Built "Inceville," studio compound near Santa Monica, Calif.
  • 1913: Directed his first feature length film, The Battle of Gettysburg
  • 1915: Formed Triangle Motion Picture Co., with D. W. Griffith and Mack Sennett Built studio in Culver City, Calif.
  • 1916: Produced and directed Civilization
  • 1919: Built Thomas H. Ince Studios, Culver City, Calif.
  • 1920: Formed Associated Producers, an independent releasing company, along with producers and directors such as Mack Sennett and Maurice Tourneur
  • 1924, Nov. 18[?]: Died near San Diego, Calif., after falling ill aboard yacht of William Randolph Hearst

From the guide to the Thomas H. Ince Papers, 1913-1964, (bulk 1917-1936), (Manuscript Division, Library of Congress)


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