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E. H. Calvert

E. H. Calvert
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Calvert in 1916
William Helm

(1863-06-27)June 27, 1863
DiedOctober 5, 1941(1941-10-05) (aged 78)
Occupation(s)Actor, film director
Years active1912–1939

Elisha Helm Calvert (born William Helm; June 27, 1863 – October 5, 1941) was an American film actor and director. He appeared in more than 170 films, as well as directing a further 60 titles.


He was born William Helm in Madison, Wisconsin,[1] (or in Alexandria, Virginia), and died in Hollywood, California. He was a Spanish–American War veteran who served in Cuba. He was a member of the Adventurers Club of New York.[2]

Calvert was raised in Madison and graduated from Central High School. He acted for a summer at the Fuller Opera House.[1] After a military career from which he retired as a captain, he acted in stock theater,[3] including working in Arizona, where he acted with Theodore Roberts.[1] He also performed in vaudeville.[3] For 18 years, he was a director, beginning with the Essanay Company.[1] He also acted in films for Essanay.[3]

Calvert had a son, also named William Helm.[4]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ a b c d "'Billy Helm,' Film Star, Ex-Local Boy, Gets Paramount Contract". The Capital Times. Wisconsin, Madison. September 20, 1929. p. 1. Retrieved September 29, 2021 – via
  2. ^ "Calvert Joins Adventurers", Seattle Daily Times, April 23, 1913.
  3. ^ a b c Brennan, Sandra. "E.H. Calvert". AllMovie. Archived from the original on September 29, 2021. Retrieved September 29, 2021.
  4. ^ "Cigaret Ignites Clothing, Man Dies of Burns". The Capital Times. Wisconsin, Madison. May 1, 1939. p. 1. Retrieved September 29, 2021 – via
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