As one of the first on-screen romantic leads in Hollywood, he appeared as Sydney Carton in A Tale Of Two Cities. In 1909, he appeared in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
He made his debut performance as the titular character in 1905's Sherlock Holmes.
He discovered a young Moses Harry Horwitz when the latter was still an errand boy, and introduced him to Moe of the Three Stooges.
His grandson was John
Though he vowed never to return to movies after the sound era, he continued to make small appearances, like in the John Wayne film, Lady from Louisiana.