Ethel Barrymore and Claude King in Declassee (1919)
Claude Ewart King
15 January 1875
|Died||18 September 1941 (aged 66)|
Claude Ewart King (15 January 1875 – 18 September 1941) was an English-born character actor and unionist, who appeared in American silent film. With his distinctive wavy hair King appeared on both stage and screen. He served his country, Great Britain, in WW1 in Field Artillery reaching the rank of Major and surviving the war. He began his stage career in his native country, before emigrating to the US. In 1919, he appeared on Broadway in support of Ethel Barrymore in the play Declassee.
King after gravitating to silent films he had a key role in Tod Browning's lost silent masterpiece London After Midnight (1927) starring Lon Chaney. Claude King was an original member of the first Board of Directors of the Screen Actors' Guild (SAG) in 1933. He is the Great Uncle of singer/songwriter Claude King and Great, Great Uncle of singer/songwriter Chris Aable, both also SAG members.