Marc McDermott (Marcus McDermott)
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BiographyGoulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Marc McDermott was born Marcus McDermott (also misspelled as MacDermott after 1916), in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia, on July 24, 1881. His father Patrick McDermott and mother Annie Massey McDermott were born in Ireland. His only sibling, younger sister May, was also born in Australia. He received his education at the Jesuit College in Sydney. When Marc was 15, his father died and he joined an acting troupe to support his mother and little sister. In 1897, he was discovered by the illustrious stage actor George Rignold and then by Mrs. Patrick Campbell in London. Read more... to the US and played on Broadway opposite her as Sir George Orreyed in "The Second Mrs. Tanqeray." In London, he was discovered by the New York agent and producer Charles Frohman who hired him to play "Sherlock Holmes," and then brought him to the US. After appearing with the great actor Richard Mansfield, he was hired by Thomas A. Edison in 1909 to appear as a featured player at the Edison Studio in the Bronx, replacing Maurice Costello, who had moved to Vitagraph. His first film was Les Misérables (1909), followed by Lochinvar (1909) (Lochinvar was released first but he filmed "Les Miserables" prior to it). From 1909 through the summer of 1916, he starred in over 140 films for Edison, appearing frequently in popular early film magazines like Photoplay, Motion Picture, and Moving Picture World, voted as one of the most popular leading men during these years. On April 7, 1914, he appeared in the first-ever series in which each chapter was a complete chapter in and of itself. The ten-chapter series was The Man Who Disappeared (1914) and the stories were featured in Popular Magazine as each chapter appeared on the screen. On April 20, 1916, in Leonia, New Jersey, he married his frequent costar Miriam Nesbitt. Later in 1916, Marc left to join the Vitagraph Studio.