Milton Sills was a renowned actor 1905-1930. The photographer is Campbell Studios, 738 Fifth Avenue, New York. Handwritten on the back is "Milton Sills, leading man in "Patria" new International serial"
at Campbell Studios, New York, New York USA
Kathy Pinna He was such an interesting man! He was born to a wealthy and well-respected family in Chicago, IL and went on to become a respected Professor at the University of Chicago. A stage actor (Donald Robertson) was visiting the university as a guest lecturer and suggested that Milton try acting. He tried, was good, and became well known on Broadway. Then he decided to conquer the "new medium" of film. This was a guy who didn't just rest on his laurels - he was always trying something new and doing well at it! Thank you for submitting this picture - I wouldn't have known about him if you hadn't sparked my interest! ;)
Daniel Pinna Milton Sills was the George Clooney of the early 1900's. Milton Sills began his famous career on Broadway (performing in about a dozen shows) before making his way into the new film industry, often playing opposite of the leading actresses of the day including Gloria Swanson, Viola Dana and Geraldine Farrar.
Sharon Hillis Thank you for your comments. I didn't know about him either until his name came up on a search and I read his Wikipedia entry. My son found this photo in an antique store in Seattle and sent it to me since he knows I like collecting old photos, especially identified ones. I also checked on some photos of Mr. Sills, but this shot was not among the ones I saw online. I admit, though, that I didn't spend a lot of time looking, either. Again, thank you for your interest.