Reginald Davis in The House of Templerley, 1909

August 15, 2013

cabinet photograph of Reginald Davis (1885-1951), English actor, as Gloster Dick in Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘melodrama of the ring,’ The House of Templerley, produced at the Adelphi Theatre, London, on 27 December 1909
(photo: Lizzie Caswall Smith, London, 1910)

Arthur F. Thorne, the recipient of this autographed photograph, played Tom Spring, a pugilist, in this production.

Reginald Graham Davis was born in Richmond, Surrey, in 1885, the elder son of Graham James Davis (1859-1939), a solicitor, and his first wife, May. He began his acting career about 1905, the year in which he appeared as the Merchant in a production of The Comedy of Errors at the Adelphi Theatre (4 July 1905). His screen career began in 1913 with his appearance in several films, in one of which he reprised the role of Gloster Dick in The House of Templerley. Davis saw active duty in the Tank Corps during the First World War and in 1918 was awarded the Military Cross for ‘conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty’ (Supplement to The London Gazette, 18 July 1918, p. 8457). After the war Davis returned in 1920 to his career as a film actor, at which time he changed his professional name to Rex Davis. His last film appearance was in 1927 and he died at East Wittering, Sussex, on 1 December 1951.

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