True Boardman
Boardman in 1910
Born
William True Boardman

(1882-04-21)April 21, 1882
DiedSeptember 28, 1918(1918-09-28) (aged 36)
Occupation(s)Stage and film actor
Years active1911–1918

William True Boardman (April 21, 1882 – September 28, 1918) was an American film actor of the silent era. He appeared in more than 130 films between 1911 and 1919 before falling victim to the 1918 flu pandemic.[1][2][3]

Biography

Boardman in Stingaree (1915)

True Boardman was born in Oakland, California, the son of William T. Boardman (1859 - 1886) and Bay Area actress Caro True Boardman,[4] and died at the age of 36 in Los Angeles, California. True Boardman began performing on stage in 1900 in Oakland and later spent some time doing theater work in Seattle before embarking on his film career.[4][5]

He was the husband of actress Virginia True Boardman (Margaret Shields)[5][6] and the father of True Eames Boardman (1909–2003),[7] who had a long career as a script writer for radio, film and television. As a boy True Eames Boardman had appeared in a number of films, including some starring Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford.[8][9]

Boardman was the great-grandfather of actress Lisa Gerritsen.

Partial filmography

References

  1. ^ Reno Evening Gazette December 14, 1918
  2. ^ World War One Draft Registration
  3. ^ Silent Film Necrology by Eugene Michael Vazzana 2001
  4. ^ a b The Oakland Tribune November 8, 1900
  5. ^ a b 1910 US Census Records
  6. ^ Oregon Marriage Records
  7. ^ 1920 US Census Records
  8. ^ Post-Standard, (Syracuse, New York) August 5, 2003 | Page 74
  9. ^ "True Boardman, 94; Child Actor, Scriptwriter". Los Angeles Times, August 3, 2003. August 3, 2003. Retrieved January 26, 2014.