John Gilbert, one of Hollywood’s first mega stars, came to Portland from Utah as a homeless teenager to apprentice on the stage. He did not stay long. Told he was too thin and homely to act, he hit Hollywood in 1914 as an aspiring writer.
Gilbert belonged the generation of artists who invented screen acting. If you had to pick just one John Gilbert film to see, make it The Big Parade (1925), directed by King Vidor.