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The Birth of a Nation (1915) Poster

Full Cast & Crew

Directed by 

D.W. Griffith

Writing Credits  

Thomas Dixon Jr. ... (adapted from his novel: "The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan") (as Thomas F. Dixon Jr.)
 
Thomas Dixon Jr. ... (play) (as Thomas F. Dixon Jr.) and
Thomas Dixon Jr. ... (novel) (as Thomas F. Dixon Jr.)
 
D.W. Griffith
Frank E. Woods

Cast (in credits order) complete, awaiting verification  

Henry B. Walthall ... Colonel Ben Cameron aka The Little Colonel (as Henry Walthall)
Lillian Gish ... Elsie - Stoneman's Daughter
Mae Marsh ... Flora Cameron - the Pet Sister
Miriam Cooper ... Margaret Cameron - the Elder Sister
Mary Alden ... Lydia Brown - Stoneman's Mulatto Housekeeper
Ralph Lewis ... Hon. Austin Stoneman - Leader of the House
George Siegmann ... Silas Lynch - Mulatto Lieut. Governor (as George Seigmann)
Walter Long ... Gus - A Renegade Negro
Robert Harron ... Tod - Stoneman's Younger Son
Wallace Reid ... Jeff - The Blacksmith (as Wallace Reed)
Joseph Henabery ... Abraham Lincoln (as Jos. Henabery)
Elmer Clifton ... Phil - Stoneman's Elder Son
Josephine Crowell ... Mrs. Cameron
Spottiswoode Aitken ... Dr. Cameron
George Beranger ... Wade Cameron - the Second Son (as J.A. Beringer)
Maxfield Stanley Maxfield Stanley ... Duke Cameron - the Youngest Son (as John French)
Jennie Lee ... Mammy - the Faithful Servant
Donald Crisp ... General Ulysses .S. Grant
Howard Gaye Howard Gaye ... General Robert E. Lee
Raoul Walsh ... John Wilkes Booth
Alberta Lee ... Mrs. Lincoln
Sam De Grasse ... Senator Charles Sumner
Violet Wilkey Violet Wilkey ... Flora Cameron as a Child
Olga Grey Olga Grey ... Laura Keene (uncredited)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bennie Billings Bennie Billings ... Child (uncredited)
Monte Blue ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Braham Harry Braham ... Cameron's Male Servant (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Klan Leader (uncredited)
Edmund Burns ... Klansman (uncredited)
Edward Burns Edward Burns ... Klansman (uncredited)
Fred Burns Fred Burns ... Klansman (uncredited)
David Butler ... Northern Soldier / Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
Peggy Cartwright ... Young Girl in Cabin (uncredited)
William E. Cassidy William E. Cassidy ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dark Cloud ... General at Appomatox Surrender (uncredited)
Lenore Cooper Lenore Cooper ... Elsie's Maid (uncredited)
William De Vaull William De Vaull ... Nelse - an Old-Fashioned Negro (uncredited)
Charles Eagle Eye Charles Eagle Eye ... Man Who Falls from Roof (uncredited)
John Ford ... Klansman on Horse Holding Up Hood with Hand (uncredited)
Alberta Franklin Alberta Franklin ... Minor Role (uncredited)
William Freeman William Freeman ... Jake / Sentry at Hospital (uncredited)
Gibson Gowland ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
D.W. Griffith ... Self (1931 reissue version) (uncredited)
Fred Hamer Fred Hamer ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Russell Hicks ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Walter Huston ... Walter Huston (1930 re-release promotion) (uncredited)
Charles King ... Undetermined Role (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Elmo Lincoln ... White-Arm Joe - Blacksmith (uncredited)
Betty Marsh Betty Marsh ... Child with Dr. Cameron (uncredited)
Donna Montran Donna Montran ... Belle of 1861 (uncredited)
Eugene Pallette ... Union Soldier (uncredited)
Vester Pegg Vester Pegg ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Pickford ... Negro (uncredited)
Alma Rubens ... Belle of 1861 (uncredited)
Allan Sears Allan Sears ... Klansman (uncredited)
Charles Stevens ... Volunteer Who Reports Piedmont Raid (uncredited)
Madame Sul-Te-Wan Madame Sul-Te-Wan ... Black Woman - Dr. Cameron's Taunter (uncredited)
George Walsh ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jules White ... Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Stoneman's Servant (uncredited)
Mary Wynn Mary Wynn ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Produced by 

D.W. Griffith ... producer
H.E. Aitken ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by 

Joseph Carl Breil ... (music)
D.W. Griffith ... (music)

Cinematography by 

G.W. Bitzer

Film Editing by 

D.W. Griffith
Joseph Henabery
James Smith
Rose Smith
Raoul Walsh

Costume Design by 

Robert Goldstein ... (uncredited)
Clare West ... (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 

Monte Blue ... assistant director (uncredited)
Christy Cabanne ... assistant director (uncredited)
Elmer Clifton ... assistant director (uncredited)
Jack Conway ... assistant director (uncredited)
Donald Crisp ... assistant director (uncredited)
Allan Dwan ... assistant director (uncredited)
Howard Gaye ... assistant director (uncredited)
Fred Hamer ... assistant director (uncredited)
Robert Harron ... assistant director (uncredited)
Joseph Henabery ... assistant director (uncredited)
Thomas E. O'Brien ... assistant director (uncredited)
George Siegmann ... chief assistant director (uncredited)
Herbert Sutch ... assistant director (uncredited)
W.S. Van Dyke ... assistant director (uncredited)
Erich von Stroheim ... assistant director (uncredited)
Baron von Winther ... assistant director (uncredited)
Raoul Walsh ... assistant director (uncredited)
Henry B. Walthall ... assistant director (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department 

Samuel De Vall ... art department supervisor
Ralph M. DeLacy ... property master (uncredited)
Shorty English ... carpenter (uncredited)
Jim Newman ... assistant carpenter (uncredited)
Cash Shockey ... set painter (uncredited)
Joseph Stringer ... set builder (uncredited)
Hal Sullivan ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Frank Wortman ... set designer (uncredited)

Special Effects by 

Walter Hoffman ... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
'Fireworks' Wilson ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts 

Monte Blue ... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Eagle Eye ... stunts (uncredited)
Leo Nomis ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department 

Karl Brown ... camera operator (uncredited)
Frank B. Good ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department 

Robert Goldstein ... costumer (uncredited)

Editorial Department 

Karl Malkames ... negative: Killiam Shows

Music Department 

George Koehler ... conductor
Fraser Macdonald ... score arranger: Killiam Shows
William Axt ... music arranger: 1921 revival (New York) (uncredited)
Harry Berken ... musician: trumpeter (uncredited)
Carli Elinor ... conductor (uncredited)
Louis F. Gottschalk ... music adaptor: 1930 synchronized version (uncredited)
Herman Hand ... music arranger: 1921 revival (New York) (uncredited)
Joseph Nurnberger ... composer: overture (Los Angeles premiere) (uncredited)
Erno Rapee ... music arranger: 1921 revival (New York) (uncredited)

Additional Crew 

D.W. Griffith ... presents
Jim Kidd ... security officer (uncredited)
Abe Scholtz ... laboratory technician (uncredited)

See also

Release Dates | Official Sites | Company Credits | Filming & Production | Technical Specs

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