Eva Novak

For the swimmer, see Éva Novák-Gerard.
Eva Novak

A picture of Eva Novak taken in the early 1920s.
Born Eva Barbara Novak
(1898-02-14)February 14, 1898
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died April 17, 1988(1988-04-17) (aged 90)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, USA
Occupation Actress
Years active 1917-1966
Spouse(s) William Reed
Eva Novak while filming on a set during her stay in Australia

Eva Barbara Novak (February 14, 1898 April 17, 1988) was an American film actress, who was quite popular during the silent film era. She was the younger sister of actress Jane Novak and daughter of Joseph, an immigrant from Bohemia, and Barbara Novak.


Novak was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and started her film acting career in 1917, with her first film role being in L-KO's Roped into Scandal, followed by another seven films that same year. She appeared in 17 films in 1918, and another eight in 1919. In 1920, she starred opposite Tom Mix in The Daredevil, one of six film roles she would have that year, and one of 10 films in which she starred opposite Tom Mix.

In 1921, she married stuntman William Reed, whom she met while on location for a film. She was interested in stunt performing herself, having been taught by Mix to perform many of her own stunts. From 1921 to 1928, she appeared in and starred in 48 films, including an early version of Boston Blackie. She also co-starred with Betty Bronson and Jack Benny in The Medicine Man and appeared in the 1922 film Chasing the Moon, which was an early forerunner of the 1950s film D.O.A. In the late 1920s, she and her husband moved to Australia, where she made numerous films, including The Romance of Runnibede. However, with the advent of "talking films", her popularity faded. She would continue to act, but mostly in obscure roles.

She appeared in 123 films between 1917 and 1965, when she retired. She was residing in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles at the time of her death from pneumonia at the age of 90, on April 17, 1988.

Selected filmography

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