A grand, stoic presence of the silent screen, George Fawcett was an immensely popular stage thespian both here and in London at the turn of the century. During his heyday his eloquence rivaled that of both Lionel Barrymore and John Barrymore.
A graduate of Virginia University, he was a formidable fixture under the Broadway lights, appearing in such classic plays as "Ghosts" (1903) and "The Squaw Man" (twice, in 1905 and 1911). Fawcett came very late to films (age 55) but soon became a favorite of D.W. Griffith, who used him in his silent masterpieces Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916), A Romance of Happy Valley (1919), True Heart Susie (1919), Scarlet Days (1919) and The Greatest Question (1919), as well as Lady of the Pavements (1929).
Affectionately dubbed "The Grand Old Man of Films", Fawcett appeared in over 100 movies within a relatively short span of time (15 years), playing to great effect various ports of authority -