|Birth Day:||May 22, 1867|
|Death Date:||December 15, 1927|
As per our current Database, Romaine Fielding died on December 15, 1927.
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After having married Icylene L. Richards in the 1890s, he married Mabel van Valkenburg in 1907 but divorced 10 years later. He worked and acted in live theatre for a number of years. His third marriage, in 1918, was to actress Joan Arliss (real name: Naomi Sachs), with whom he remained until his death; the union producing three children. Following the demise of Lubin Studios in 1917, Romaine Fielding was out of filmmaking until 1920 after which he continued to work in film until his death in Hollywood at age 60 from a blood clot. He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
Prior to 1908, Fielding acted in stock theater with the Morosco company in San Francisco and the Castle Square company in Boston.
Fielding worked for the Solax Film Company of New York before joining Philadelphia-based Lubin Studios in November 1911 at the age of 44. Despite his age, he could easily portray much younger characters.
In June 1912 Siegmund Lubin placed Fielding in charge of the Lubin Southwest Company as director, despite the fact that until then he had only acted. It was the start of a rapid rise to fame. Fielding would write and direct films as well as star in them. He broke with convention, challenging stereotypical casting of Indians and Mexicans as villains. His films often ended unexpectedly on a downbeat note. His work was praised in the trade press for its visual beauty combined with realism.
Fielding directed films in the old streets of Tucson in 1912, then moved north to Prescott to film stories based on old west mining and Indian life. He used many local people as extras. Towards the end of 1912 he moved his company down to Nogales. In March 1913 he crossed into Mexico with his company, and was able to film the Battle of Nogales as it happened. He later directed and filmed additional battle scenes, then spliced the real and artificial footage to give the sense of the battle having been filmed from both sides. From there he took his company to Silver City, New Mexico, where he rented two houses and built an outdoor stage for shooting interior scenes. He made use of abandoned structures to film spectacular fires or explosions, which formed the highlights of his fresh and realistic films, typically dark human tragedies.
Fielding made a number of Mexican-themed western-style films and adventure films on location in California, Arizona, and New Mexico, but little of his work has survived. In July 1913 Motion Picture Story magazine announced that Fielding had come top of their readers poll with 1,311,018 votes. In 1915, Fielding built a moveable power plant to enable the Lubin company to make films at night. The four-ton unit included a generator, a 2,000-foot cable, a 13-inch searchlight, and other lights.
Fielding's career was interrupted by his military service during World War I, when he served as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army's Intelligence Department. Following the war, during the early 1920s, he organized the General Film Manufacturing Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri. Missouri's State Finance Department revoked the company's permit to sell stock in 1924, charging that the business had "degenerated into a mere stock-seling proposition." Fielding disputed the charge. Although the company had made some films, they achieved little success. Fielding returned to Hollywood following the filing of a petition of receivership and a suit by two employees for back wages.
Currently, Romaine Fielding is 155 years, 10 months and 8 days old. Romaine Fielding will celebrate 156th birthday on a Monday 22nd of May 2023.
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