Richard Rowland

Richard Rowland
Film: West side of the 1500 block of Vine Street
Producer
Born Dec. 8, 1880 in Pittsburgh, PA
Died May 12, 1947 in New York, NY

Richard Rowland was a successful American film producer and executive.

Rowland entered the motion picture business at the age of 18 as a film distributor and was founder of the original Metro Film Corp.

Rowland was an executive member of the 20th Century-Fox story department and was said to have inaugurated the policy of bringing top-flight personalities of the stage to the motion picture screen. Rowland was credited with being the "discoverer" of Rudolph Valentino, Francis X. Bushman, Harold Lockwood and other early screen stars.

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