Wesley Ruggles

About Wesley Ruggles

Who is it?: Film Director
Birth Day: June 11, 1889
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, U.S., United States
Died On: January 8, 1972(1972-01-08) (aged 82)\nSanta Monica, California, U.S.
Birth Sign: Cancer
Cause of death: Stroke
Occupation: Film director
Years active: 1915–1946
Spouse(s): Virginia Caldwell (1921 - 1924) (divorced) Arline Judge (1931 - 1937) (divorced) Marcelle Rogez (1940 - 1972) (his death) (1902-1993)

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Wesley Ruggles was bornon June 11, 1889 in Los Angeles, California, U.S., United States, is Film Director. Wesley Ruggles was an American film director best known for the classic Western movie ‘Cimarron.’ While the film earned him much popularity, success did not come to the man easily. Prior to making ‘Cimarron,’ he had already made around 50 films, most of which were unremarkable and were forgotten soon after their release. However, with the success of ‘Cimarron’ his career picked up and he went on to direct several other popular films like ‘No Man of Her Own’ and ‘I'm No Angel.’ Born in Los Angeles, he developed an early interest in cinema which was in its nascent stage while Wesley was growing up in the early 20th century. His brother, Charles, too was deeply interested in films and the two brothers forayed into this exciting new medium of entertainment that was emerging in America. Wesley began his acting career as a young man and appeared in a series of silent movies, sometimes together with Charlie Chaplin. Soon he ventured into direction which he found to be more interesting than acting. His early years as a director were very difficult; he did not enjoy success for a long time despite making several films. He first tasted success with the extravagant Western blockbuster ‘Cimarron’ which established him as a reputed director.
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💰 Net worth: $8 Million

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Biography/Timeline

1889

Wesley Ruggles (June 11, 1889 – January 8, 1972) was an American film Director.

1915

He was born in Los Angeles, younger brother of actor Charles Ruggles. He began his career in 1915 as an actor, appearing in a dozen or so silent films, on occasion with Charles Chaplin.

1917

In 1917, he turned his attention to directing, making more than 50 films — including a silent film version of Edith Wharton's novel The Age of Innocence (1924) — before he won acclaim with Cimarron in 1931. The adaptation of Edna Ferber's novel Cimarron, about homesteaders settling in the prairies of Oklahoma, was the first Western to win an Academy Award as Best Picture.

1932

Ruggles followed this success with the light comedy No Man of Her Own (1932) with Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, the comedy I'm No Angel (1933) with Mae West and Cary Grant, College Humor (1933) with Bing Crosby, and Bolero (1934) with George Raft and Carole Lombard.

1946

He teamed with the Rank Organisation in 1946 to produce and direct London Town with Sid Field and Petula Clark, based on a story he wrote. The film — British cinema's first attempt at a Technicolor musical extravaganza — is notable as being one of the biggest critical and commercial failures in that country's film history. Ironically, Ruggles had been hired to direct it because as an American, it was thought, he was better equipped to handle a musical — despite the fact that nothing in his past had prepared him to work in the genre. It was his last film. An abridged version was released in the U.S. under the title My Heart Goes Crazy by United Artists in 1953.

1972

Ruggles died January 8, 1972 in Santa Monica and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California, near his brother, Charles Ruggles. For his contributions to the motion picture industry, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6400 Hollywood Boulevard.