Elliott Dexter was a matinee idol and one of the screen’s most prominent leading men in the silent motion picture era. Born in Galveston, Texas, he devoted his early career to the stage and served as leading man for silent film actress Marie Doro, to whom he was once married.
He appeared in pictures alongside notable stars Clara Bow, Beverly Bayne, Milton Sills, Colleen Moore, Kathlyn Williams and Guy Oliver. Among his starring roles were “The Squaw Man” (1918), “Don’t Change Your Husband” (1919), “For Better, for Worse” (1919), “Something to Think About” (1920) and “Capital Punishment” (1925) — many of them under the direction of Cecil B. DeMille. DeMille directed Dexter in 11 film marriages and Dexter's real-life marriage to Avlin Untermeyer was held in the DeMille home.
After scoring in many silent hits, Dexter went into production for Grand-Asher Pictures and starred in a series known as Elliott Dexter Productions, the first of which was “The Common Law.”
According to the New York Times, he died in the Brunswick Home in Amityville, N.Y.