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Spottiswoode Aitken

Spottiswoode Aitken

Spottiswoode Aitken
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Intro Actor
Was Actor Stage actor Film actor
From United States of America United Kingdom
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 16 April 1868, Edinburgh
Death 26 February 1933, Los Angeles (aged 64 years)
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For the rugby league footballer of the 1900s for England, and Oldham, see Frank Spottiswoode
Frank Spottiswoode Aitken (16 April 1868 – 26 February 1933) was a Scottish actor of the silent era. He was perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Cameron in The Birth of a Nation (1915).

Early years

Aitken was born 16 April 1868 in Edinburgh, Scotland.


In his book, The King of the Movies: Film Pioneer Siegmund Lubin, Joseph P. Eckhardt wrote that Aitken was "trained as a Shakespearean actor, with many years of experience under his belt." His film debut came in 1911. He eventually appeared in 81 feature films between 1914 and 1927.


Aitken was one of the first actors to settle in Los Angeles when the film industry was still at its strongest in New York. He invested most of his earnings in property, buying up orange groves around what would become Hollywood.

Personal life

Aitken was involved in a controversy in 1922 when, after suing his wife for divorce for alleged infidelity, she countersued. A United Press news story reported that she was "alleging her husband had coerced her into living with Hay Weinstein, wealthy Santa Barbaran, so that he could extort money from Weinstein."

The couple had three children: Francis Spottiswoode Aitken Jr., Francis Aitken and Margaret Shirley Aitken.


Aitken died 24 February 1933 in Los Angeles, California. He was 64 years old.

Partial filmography

  • The Battle (1911)
  • The Angel of Contention (1914)
  • The Girl in the Shack (1914)
  • Home, Sweet Home (1914)
  • The Green-Eyed Devil (1914)
  • The Avenging Conscience (1914)
  • Captain Macklin (1915)
  • The Birth of a Nation (1915)
  • The Flying Torpedo (1916)
  • Macbeth (1916)
  • Intolerance (1916)
  • Acquitted (1916)
  • An Innocent Magdalene (1916)
  • Pathways of Life (1916)
  • Stage Struck (1917)
  • Souls Triumphant (1917)
  • The Americano (1917)
  • How Could You Jean? (1918)
  • The Cruise of the Make-Believes (1918)
  • The Wicked Darling (1919)
  • Captain Kidd, Jr. (1919)
  • The White Heather (1919)
  • Rough Riding Romance (1919)
  • Evangeline (1919)
  • Bonnie Bonnie Lassie (1919)
  • Nomads of the North (1920)
  • The White Circle (1920)
  • Beyond (1921)
  • Reputation (1921)
  • At the End of the World (1921)
  • One Wonderful Night (1922)
  • Around the World in Eighteen Days (1923)
  • Merry-Go-Round (1923)
  • Triumph (1924)
  • The Fire Patrol (1924)
  • The Coast Patrol (1925)

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