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Actor, Robert Harron, was born Robert Emmett Harron on Apr 12, 1893 in New York City, NY. Harron died at the age of 27 on Sep 5, 1920 in Manhattan, NY .



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Tragic Griffith Stars: Clarine Seymour and

By FlickChick on Jul 16, 2015 From A Person in the Dark

Clarine Seymour and in "True Heart Susie" In 1919, both Bobby Harron and Clarine Seymour were the pets of director D.W. Griffith. Other than super-pet Lillian Gish, no one in the Griffith stock company seemed to have held a more secure place than Bobby. While not in the Lillian categ... Read full article

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D.W. Griffith's legendary cameraman, G.W. Bitzer, gave this first-hand account of his friend Harron's mysterious death: "He lived . . . long enough to make his confession and receive the sacraments from Father William Humphrey . . . the priest who had brought him as a boy to the old Biograph studio . . . Bobby would not have lied to him . . . His death marked the end of an era. With Bobby's passing, some thread of unity seemed to leave us . . . We felt that Bobby had brought us luck when he came to us so young and eager . . . After Bobby's death in 1920, it was never the same again."

Off screen pseudonym: Willie McBain

Harron's tragic death remains a mystery. Officially classified an accident, those who follow that theory believe that Harron, who was in New York on September 2, 1920, for the premiere of D.W. Griffith's Way Down East (1920), which was scheduled for the next day, purchased a revolver from a man who needed money, put it in his dinner jacket pocket and forgot about it. Later he took the dinner jacket from a trunk, the gun fell to the floor and discharged, striking him in the left lung. Those who maintain that Bobby's death was a suicide claim that Bobby was extremely despondent when Griffith bypassed him for the lead role in "Way Down East" in favor of his new protégé, Richard Barthelmess. At the time Bobby was contemplating leaving the Griffith fold and forming his own production company because of those concerns.

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