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December 25, 1885
John Bowers (real name John E. Bowersox) was an American
silent film actor who starred in ninety-four films including short
subjects. He began his film career in 1914. Within five years, he became
one of the most popular leading men. During his career he co-starred
frequently with Marguerite De La Motte, whom he later married.
Death November 17, 1936
Like many silent film stars, when talkies became the standard,
Bowers' career collapsed. Bowers committed suicide by rowing a boat into
the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica, California, and drowned. He was fifty
years old. His life is often identified as inspiration for the Norman
Maine character in the film A Star is Born (1937).
Where are they buried?
- Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California
- Crown Hill Cemetery, Huntington, Indiana
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California