List of last living silent film actors

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This article lists the actors who were still living as of 2010, that started in or appeared in silent film, including those with uncredited roles. The silent era existed from c. 1896 until the first full-length sound feature or "talkie" The Jazz Singer, was released in 1927. The silent film era ended in about 1929 in American cinema, and later in other countries. The last surviving silent film actor on this list is child actor Garry Watson.

Living silent film actors

Name Date of birth Notes Lifespan
Garry Watson September 27, 1928 American child actor who debuted in 1929. He is the last of the nine Watson siblings. He debuted in the film Drag. The film was long thought to be a lost film but was later rediscovered. The film originally had two versions, a sound version and a silent version. He had other silent film appearances in The Isle of Lost Ships and Love, Live and Laugh. 95 years, 262 days

Silent film actors and personnel who died in 2010 or later

Name Date of birth Date of death Notes Lifespan
June Havoc (1912-11-08)November 8, 1912 March 28, 2010 Appeared in two Harold Lloyd silent shorts in 1918, On the Jump and Hey There!. Would later have a lengthy film, stage, and TV career. 97 years, 137 days
Georgie Stone (1909-09-03)September 3, 1909 April 25, 2010 Appeared in 49 silent films from 1914 to 1923. 100 years, 213 days
Doris Eaton Travis (1904-03-14)March 14, 1904 May 11, 2010 Debuted opposite Billie Dove in 1921's At the Stage Door, and would appear in several other silent films throughout the decade. 106 years, 58 days
Rosa Rio (1902-06-02)June 2, 1902 May 13, 2010 Organist who worked on a number of silent films in the 20s, including The Phantom of The Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Birth of a Nation. The last surviving behind-the-scenes musical figure of the silent era. 107 years, 345 days
Yvonne Howell (1905-07-31)July 31, 1905 May 27, 2010 Appeared in 11 films during the silent era. 104 years, 300 days
Daisy D'ora (1913-02-26)February 26, 1913 June 12, 2010 Acted in several German silent films, beginning with Pandora's Box in 1929. 97 years, 106 days
Eva von Berne (1910-07-08)July 8, 1910 November 9, 2010 Austrian actress who debuted in the now-lost silent film The Masks of the Devil. 100 years, 124 days
Baby Marie Osborne (1911-11-05)November 5, 1911 November 11, 2010 Prominent child star of the 1910s, appearing in several dozen films. 99 years, 6 days
Miriam Seegar (1907-09-01)September 1, 1907 January 2, 2011 Appeared in several silent films during the late 1920s. 103 years, 123 days
Jack Totheroh (1914-08-08)August 8, 1914 May 20, 2011 Debuted as a baby in the 1915 short The Bachelor's Baby. Would appear in a second silent short, Try and Get It, in 1922. 96 years, 285 days
Brigitte Borchert (1910-11-15)November 15, 1910 August 7, 2011 Appeared in 1930's People on Sunday, one of the last German silent films. 100 years, 272 days
Jane Margaret Truesdell (1911-04-29)April 29, 1911 August 23, 2011 Appeared in 1913's Thus Saith the Lord. 100 years, 116 days
Barbara Kent (1907-12-16)December 16, 1907 October 13, 2011 The last surviving actor to have starring roles in silent films as an adult, in a career beginning with Flesh and the Devil in 1926. 103 years, 301 days
Johannes Heesters (1903-12-05)December 5, 1903 December 24, 2011 Dutch actor who appeared in the 1924 silent film Cirque hollandais. 108 years, 19 days
Frederica Sagor Maas (1900-07-06)July 6, 1900 January 5, 2012 Silent film screenwriter on works such as The Plastic Age. Last surviving Hollywood silent film behind-the-scenes figure, and the last to have a substantial silent film career as an adult. 111 years, 183 days
Carol Adams (1918-03-15)March 15, 1918 April 9, 2012 Actress of the 30s and 40s whose career began in the 1923 silent short film Navy Blues. 94 years, 25 days
Isuzu Yamada (1917-02-05)February 5, 1917 July 9, 2012 Japanese actress whose lengthy career began in the 1930 silent Ken o Koete. The silent era in Japan would last into the mid-1930s, despite its earlier phasing out in other countries. 95 years, 125 days
Vondell Darr (1919-04-18)April 18, 1919 September 10, 2012 Child actress in a number of silents throughout the mid-to-late 1920s. 93 years, 145 days
Peggy Ahern (1917-03-09)March 9, 1917 October 24, 2012 1920s child actress best known for her appearances in the Our Gang series of shorts. 95 years, 229 days
Jack Hanlon (1916-02-15)February 15, 1916 December 13, 2012 1920s Our Gang child actor also thought to be the last surviving cast member of the acclaimed Buster Keaton silent The General, released in 1926. 96 years, 301 days
Mickey Moore (1914-10-14)October 14, 1914 March 4, 2013 Child actor of the 1920s. Post-silents, he would later have a lengthy lengthy career as an adult. 98 years, 141 days
Mickey Rooney (1920-09-23)September 23, 1920 April 6, 2014 Prominent film star whose 88-year film career began as a silent child star, debuting in the 1926 release Not to be Trusted and starring in the numerous Mickey McGuire shorts released throughout the final years of the silent era. 93 years, 195 days
Hanna Maron (1923-11-22)November 22, 1923 May 30, 2014 German-born Israeli actress who appeared in several German silents of the late 1920s. 90 years, 189 days
Carla Laemmle (1909-10-20)October 20, 1909 June 12, 2014 The niece of Universal Pictures co-founder Carl Laemmle, Carla Laemmle appeared in bit parts in several silent films, beginning with 1925's The Phantom of the Opera. 104 years, 235 days
Manoel de Oliveira (1908-12-11)December 11, 1908 April 2, 2015 Portuguese film director whose appeared as an extra in the 1928 silent Fátima Milagrosa. His first released film, the 1931 documentary Douro, Faina Fluvial, was also a silent. 106 years, 112 days
Jean Darling (1922-08-23)August 23, 1922 September 4, 2015 Prolific Our Gang child actor, having appeared in 46 silent-era Our Gang shorts. 93 years, 12 days
Dickie Moore (1925-09-12)September 12, 1925 September 7, 2015 Actor whose 30-year career began as a child actor in the silent era, debuting as the baby version of John Barrymore's character in the 1927 film The Beloved Rogue. 89 years, 360 days
Shep Houghton (1914-06-04)June 4, 1914 December 15, 2016 Actor whose career was mostly bit part roles, beginning with the 1927 silent film Underworld. 102 years, 196 days
Dorothy Morrison (1919-01-03)January 3, 1919 October 18, 2017 Child actress in several silent Our Gang shorts. 98 years, 288 days
Silas Hathaway (1919-03-04)March 4, 1919 2017 Portrayed the Kid as an infant in 1921's The Kid. Last surviving cast member of a silent film starring Charlie Chaplin. 97 years 303 days to 98 years 302 days
Lassie Lou Ahern (1920-06-25)June 25, 1920 February 15, 2018 Child actress with a substantial silent career, including in 1927's Uncle Tom's Cabin and a number of Our Gang shorts. 97 years, 235 days
Louise Watson (1919-11-22)November 22, 1919 June 5, 2018 3rd-last surviving member of the Watson family. 98 years, 195 days
Avonne Jackson (1924-07-23)July 23, 1924 June 7, 2018 African-American child actor; appeared as a baby in Smith's Catalina Rowboat Race (1928) 93 years, 319 days
Jack C. Edwards (1920-09-26)September 26, 1920 July 16, 2018 Child actor in the early half of the 1920s. 97 years, 293 days
Mary Carlisle (1914-02-03)February 3, 1914 August 1, 2018 Later known for her career as an adult in the first decade of talkies, she debuted in a bit part role in the 1923 silent Long Live the King. 104 years, 179 days
Kathleen O'Malley (1924-03-31)March 31, 1924 February 25, 2019 Actress with a career spanning over 70 years that began as an infant in the 1926 silent My Old Dutch. 94, years, 331 days
Fay McKenzie (1918-02-19)February 19, 1918 April 16, 2019 Debuted as a baby in 1918's Station Content, released several months after her birth. The first known actor to live to see the centennial anniversary of their film debut. 101 years, 56 days
Diana Serra Cary (1918-10-29)October 29, 1918 February 24, 2020 One of the most popular child stars of the silent era under the stage name "Baby Peggy". The last surviving silent film actor with a leading role in a silent film. 101 years, 118 days
Jack Dixon (1916-07-04)July 4, 1916 October 15, 2020 His obituary in the Los Angeles Times notes him having made his silent film debut in 1920, though which films he appeared in are not currently known. 104 years, 103 days
Don Marion Davis (1917-10-09)October 9, 1917 December 10, 2020 The last known living actor who made their film debut in the 1910s, having appeared in two 1919 films. Also the second known actor to live a century after their film debut. 103 years, 62 days
Billy Watson (1923-12-25)December 25, 1923 february 17, 2022 American child actor who debuted in 1925. Along with younger brother Garry (born 1928), he was one of the last of nine siblings, dubbed "Hollywood's first family," The Watsons. 98 years, 54 days
Donnie "Beezer" Smith (1924-09-17)September 17, 1924 July 8, 2022 American child actor who debuted in 1928. Along with older brother Jay R. Smith (1915–2002), he appeared in Our Gang short films. His contract ended in 1929 after he took a dislike in the director. 97 years, 294 days
Mildred Kornman (1925-07-10)July 10, 1925 August 20, 2022 American child actress who appeared in 18 silent Our Gang films as an extra (the series also starred her older sister Mary Kornman). She later became an adult extra at 20th Century Fox, and was later known professionally as Ricki VanDusen. 97 years, 41 days