Name: Donald Crisp
Date of Birth: 27 July 1882
Fought in the British army during the Boer War in South Africa.
During the Boer War (1899-1902) Crisp crossed paths with a young Winston Churchill in the early days of his of political career. With the First World War (1914-1918), Crisp returned to England to serve in the army intelligence section. By the Second World War (1939-1945), Crisp served with the U.S. Army Reserves, rising to the rank of colonel.
By 1910, Crisp had become interested in pursuing a career in theater and began working as a stage manager for the renowned entertainer, composer, playwright, and director George M. Cohan. During this period he met and became friends with a stage actor D.W. Griffith, His first films were made with Griffith by Biograph Company in New Jersey. When Griffith went to seek his fortune in Hollywood in 1912, Crisp accompanied him.
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