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Lifetime: 1869 - 1943 Passed: ≈ 81 years ago


Playwright, Screenwriter


United States

Bayard Veiller

Bayard Veiller was an American playwright, screenwriter, producer, and film director who made significant contributions to the theater and film industries. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 2, 1869, Veiller displayed an early interest in writing and storytelling. He began his career as a journalist but soon gravitated towards the world of theater.

Early Success as a Playwright

Veiller's first major success came in 1897 with the play "The Fight for Honor," which starred the renowned actress Mrs. Minnie Maddern Fiske. The play was a critical and commercial success, establishing Veiller as a prominent playwright. Over the next two decades, he continued to produce a string of successful plays, including "Within the Law" (1902), "The Czarina" (1912), and "The Thirteenth Chair" (1913).

Transition to Screenwriting and Filmmaking

With the advent of cinema, Veiller recognized the potential of this new medium and began adapting his plays for the screen. His first screenplay, "The Master Mind" (1914), was a box office hit and solidified his reputation as a talented screenwriter. Veiller went on to write screenplays for numerous films, including "Sherlock Brown" (1922), "The Trial of Mary Dugan" (1929), and "The Secret Six" (1931).

Notable Works and Contributions

Veiller's contributions to the film industry extended beyond screenwriting. He also served as a producer and director, most notably for the film "The Cheat" (1915), which starred Cecil B. DeMille and Fanny Ward. Veiller's innovative filmmaking techniques and his ability to craft suspenseful stories made him a sought-after talent in Hollywood.

Philosophy and Principles

Veiller was a strong believer in the power of storytelling and its ability to entertain, educate, and inspire. He was also a pioneer in the use of suspense and mystery in his plays and films, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats. Veiller's work reflected his fascination with human nature and his exploration of social issues.

Legacy and Remembrance

Bayard Veiller passed away on January 16, 1943, at the age of 74. He left behind a remarkable legacy as a playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker. His contributions to the theater and film industries were significant, and his work continues to be appreciated and studied today.

Interesting Facts about Bayard Veiller

  • Veiller was married to actress Margaret Wycherly from 1901 to 1922.
  • He was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
  • Veiller was an avid traveler and collector of art.
  • His autobiography, "The Fun I've Had," was published in 1941.


Bayard Veiller was a true Renaissance man, excelling in various fields of creative expression. His contributions to theater and film have left an indelible mark on popular culture, and his legacy continues to inspire aspiring writers and filmmakers.

Books by Bayard Veiller

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The Thirteenth Chair

Family Murder Mystery Success Act Suspense Wealth Suspicious

Step into the opulent drawing room of a wealthy New York residence, where an air of suspense hangs heavy. As the Crosby family prepares to announce their son's engagement, an uninvited guest arrives, casting a shadow of uncertainty over the joyous oc...