Dwight Deere Wiman


Dwight Deere Wiman
Dwight Deere Wiman
Born August 8, 1895(1895-08-08)
Moline, Illinois, USA
Died January 20, 1951(1951-01-20) (aged 56)
Hudson, New York, USA
Resting place Riverside Cemetery
Moline, Illinois
41°30′28″N 90°29′31″W / 41.50780°N 90.49190°W / 41.50780; -90.49190Coordinates: 41°30′28″N 90°29′31″W / 41.50780°N 90.49190°W / 41.50780; -90.49190
Nationality American
Education Todd Seminary for Boys
Yale University
Occupation Actor, Playwright, Director, Producer
Known for Broadway Producer
Spouse Dorothea Stephens (? – 1946; divorced)
Parents William Wiman
Anna Deere

Dwight Deere Wiman (August 8, 1895 – January 20, 1951) was an American silent movie actor, playwright and theatrical director. He is best known as a Broadway producer.

Contents

Biography

Early life & Education

Dwight Wiman was born in Moline, Illinois, one of two boys born to William Wiman and Anna Deere, a granddaughter of John Deere.[1] His mother died in 1906 and after his grandfather, Charles Deere, died the following year. He, his father and his brother, Charles Deere Wiman, went to live with his grandmother on her estate in Moline, which was named "Overlook". His grandmother died in 1914 and his father died in 1915. He and his brother were cared for by his uncle and aunt, William and Katherine Butterworth who lived across the street.[2] Both his grandfather, uncle and brother served as president of Deere & Company. He was sent to Todd Seminary for Boys in Woodstock, Illinois for school.[3] He served in the military during World War I and studied drama under Monty Woolley at Yale University.[4]

Career

He spent two years working for Deere & Company before he and a couple of his friends organized an independent film production company, Film Guild, in Astoria, Queens from 1920-1924.[5] He acted in three silent movies during this time.[6] The film company suffered from marketing difficulties and it dissolved.

In 1925 he started a partnership with William A. Brady, Jr. They produced plays such as Lucky Sam McCarver (1925), the revivals of Little Eyolf and The Two Orphans in 1926, The Road to Rome (1927), and The Little Show (1929). Their working relationship ended amicably in 1929 as Wiman was the only one interested in musical theater. Between 1930 and 1951 he produced more than 50 shows. The more significant productions include: The Vinegar Tree (1930), Gay Divorce (1932), She Loves Me Not (1933), On Your Toes (1936), Babes in Arms (1937), On Borrowed Time (1938), I Married an Angel (1938), Morning's at Seven (1939), By Jupiter (1942), and The Country Girl (1950).[4]

Wiman also directed works by Paul Osborn, John Van Druten, and Clifford Odets among others.[5] He had a long association with Rodgers and Hart. During World War II he served as the director of entertainment for the Red Cross in Great Britain.

Personal life & Death

Dwight Wiman was married to Dorothea Stephens.[6] The couple divorced in 1946. He died in Hudson, New York in 1951 at the age of 56 and was buried in Riverside Cemetery in Moline.[7]

Filmography

Dwight Wiman acted in the following silent films:[6]

Stage Productions

Dwight Wiman was the producer, director or writer for the following stage productions:[8]

  • Ostriches (1925), producer
  • Lucky Sam McCarver (1925), producer
  • Little Eyolf, (1926), producer
  • The Masque of Venice (1926), producer
  • Devils (1926), producer
  • The Two Orphans (1926), producer
  • Seed of the Brute (1926), producer
  • Hangman's House (1926), producer
  • The Road to Rome (1927), producer
  • The Dark (1927), producer
  • House of Shadows (1927), producer
  • Women Go On Forever (1927), producer
  • The Command to Love (1927), producer
  • The Queen's Husband (1928), producer
  • The Road to Rome (1928), producer
  • The Grey Fox (1928), producer
  • The Jealous Moon (1928), producer
  • A Most Immoral Lady (1928), director, producer
  • Judas, (1929), producer
  • Paolo and Francesca (1929), producer
  • The Little Show (1929), producer, director
  • Jenny (1929), producer
  • The Second Little Show (1930), writer, director, producer
  • The Vinegar Tree (1930), producer
  • The Third Little Show (1931), writer, producer
  • After All! (1931), producer
  • Gay Divorce (1932), producer
  • Bad Manners (1933), producer, director
  • Champagne, Sec (1933), producer
  • She Loves Me Not (1933), producer
  • The Wooden Slipper (1934), producer
  • Oliver Oliver (1934), producer
  • The Distaff Side (1934), producer
  • The Distant Shore (1935), producer
  • Most of the Game (1935), producer
  • A Room in Red and White (1936), producer
  • On Your Toes (1936), producer
  • Babes in Arms (1937), producer, production supervisor
  • On Borrowed Time (1938), producer
  • I Married an Angel (1938), producer
  • Great Lady (1938), producer
  • Stars in Your Eyes (1939), Producer
  • Morning's at Seven (1939), producer
  • Leave Her To Heaven (1940), producer
  • Higher and Higher ( 1940), producer
  • Old Acquaintance (1940), producer
  • Letters to Lucerne (1941), producer
  • Solitaire (1942), producer
  • By Jupiter (1942), producer
  • The Damask Cheek (1942), producer
  • Street Scene (1947), producer
  • A Story for Strangers (1948), producer
  • The Big Knife (1949], producer
  • Dance Me a Song (1950), producer
  • The Country Girl (1950), producer
  • Romeo and Juliet (1951), producer

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