Happy birthday, Eric Campbell (April 26, 1879 – December 20, 1917)

Some candid photos of Eric, c. 1917

Photos © Roy Export SAS


  1. Charlie's career would probably have been very different if Eric had lived. He would have been just as successful I am sure, but his films just would have been a lot different with Eric around, he probably would have made more films like the Mutuals, with Eric as the comic heavy, and plots centering on this. I think Charlie would have kept Eric around, on payroll, and there would have been much less pathos-oriented plots, and more emphasis on physical, rowdy comedy with some pathos thrown in. Just my opinion, but we'll never know! I wonder how The Gold Rush would have been different with Eric as Big Jim instead of Mack Swain!

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