Romantic silent film superstar in The Sheik (1921).
After moving to New York he worked odd jobs as a gardener, busboy and as a taxi dancer.
My death at age thirty-one made him into a tragic icon.
Married actress Jean Acker in 1919 despite her being in a lesbian love triangle with actresses Grace Darmond and Alla Nazimova; he himself was also gay.
Gloria Swanson was his costar in Beyond the Rocks.