Leslie Fenton Movies and Career Information

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Mar 12, 1902
Actor and Director
Leslie Fenton was an English-born American actor and film director. He appeared in 62 films between 1923 and 1945. Fenton went to America with his mother, Elizabeth Carter, and his brothers when he was six years old - they sailed as steerage passengers on board the R.M.S. Celtic, which departed from Liverpool, 11 September 1909, and arrived at New York, where they were ferried over to Ellis Island for "U.S. Immigrant Inspection" on 19 September; they were quickly admitted and continued their journey by rail to join his father, shoe manufacturer's representative Richard Fenton, in Mifflin, Ohio. As a young immigrant, Leslie worked in a shoe factory then ran away to New York and began a career on the stage. His film career began later with Fox Studios. During the Second World War he was commissioned in the Royal Navy. In 1942 in command of a Motor Launch he took part in the St Nazaire Raid. He also directed 19 films between 1938 and 1951. He married American actress Ann Dvorak in 1932. Dvorak moved to England with Fenton while he served in the British military during World War II. The union was childless and ended in divorce in 1945. Fenton died 25 March 1978 in Montecito, California, aged 76. Some sources, including IMDB, incorrectly cite Frank Fenton, the noted screenwriter and novelist, as his younger brother. Frank Fenton's parents were John Fenton and Eveline Edgington, as evidenced by the ship's manifest for the SS Caronia, aboard which Frank Fenton arrived in the US on Apr 21 1906.

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