E. J. Ratcliffe

Edward J. Ratcliffe

Still with Ratcliffe and Madge Kennedy in Help Yourself (1920)
Born (1863-03-10)10 March 1863
London, England
Died 28 September 1948(1948-09-28) (aged 85)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 1880s-1933

Caroline Ravenhill
(m. 1883–98; divorced)[1]
Alice De Lacy
(m. 1894–98; divorced)[2]

Blanche Stoddard[3]

Virginia Ratcliffe McAleenan

Dorothy Ratcliffe Taylor

Edward J. Ratcliffe (10 March 1863 – 28 September 1948) was an English actor of stage and screen.[4] He had an established stage career behind him when he came to films in 1915. He then spent nearly twenty years before the cameras before making his last film in 1933. He can be seen in many surviving silent and sound films. In the early Warner Brothers sound extravaganza The Show of Shows he plays Henry VI in the excerpted vignette from that play opposite John Barrymore's Richard III.[5]

Ratcliffe played Theodore Roosevelt on at least three occasions in films.

He was born in and died in the same years as fellow Englishman character actor C. Aubrey Smith.

New York barman Patrick Duffy claimed Ratcliffe brought the highball from England to the U.S. in 1894.[6]

Selected filmography

See also


  1. , in The Wichita daily eagle; published March 10, 1898; retrieved April 5, 2016 (via Chronicling America)
  2. , in New-York tribune; published September 10, 1894; retrieved April 5, 2016 (via Chronicling America)
  3. Made A Hit In Boston, in the Tacoma Times; published April 11, 1904; retrieved June 3, 2015 (via Chronicling America)
  4. Who Was Who on Screen 3rd edition, p.601 by Evelyn Mack Truitt, c.1983
  5. Silent Film Necrology 2nd edition, by Eugene Michael Vazzana, c.2001
  6. Patrick J. Duffy (October 25, 1927). "The First Scotch Highball". New York Times.
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