(1882-05-24)May 24, 1882  - August 9, 1965(1965-08-09)
July 22, 2016
Creighton Hale was almost born on the stage; as a baby he was carried onto the stage by his father, Dan Fitzerald as part of his father’s repertory company. By the time he was five he was playing in “East Lynne” on the London Stage. He was born in County Cork, Ireland, billed as Patrick Fitzgerald with the Lady Forbes-Robertson's touring company’s production of “Dawn of a Tomorrow.” the company toured the UK and the US. He had the lead in Ben Greet Players in the US; he did summer-stock in Indianapolis in 1908. As the theater season began he was on Broadway in “Indian Summer”; under the management of Charles Frohman, Creighton is said to have toured in almost every state in the US; he started using the name Creighton Hale at the age of 24...
It appears that Creighton was free-lancing on stage and early film including “The Taint”. He played an extra at Famous Players film company using an assumed name where Theda Bara was also working as an extra With his friend House Peter, Creighton started to make a regular income from the movies although he did prefer spoken drama, however "Such prosperity was not to be slighted” by the young Irish lad. He wasn't at all sure he would like pictures nor that he would be a success in them. By 1914, Frank Powell of Pathe casted Creighton in the serial “The Exploits of Elaine” with the fabulous Pearl White. His future in film was secure with the recognition with Pearl White in the 14-part 1915 serial, and its sequel the 12-episode serial, “The Romance of Elaine”. The Iron Claw (the Pathé-Feature Film Corporation serial, 1916), Mrs. Slacker (1918) Waifs (1918), The Seven Pearls (serial, 1918), For Sale (1918), and The Love Cheat (Albert Capellani Productions, 1919). Creighton tells of being thrown into Lake Cayuga near Ithaca, N.Y. for a scene in Pathé's The Warning; the silk cords were supposed to slip from his wrist but water tightened them and Hale nearly drowned before being rescued.
Creighton also appeared in the Thanhouser’s serial the 1914 “Million Dollar Mystery” and was on stage in the production of “Moloch”in 1915. He was still doing free-lance moving from and to studios and stage wherever he could earn money to support his family.
The 1918 edition of the Motion Picture Studio Directory noted that he was 5'10" tall, weighed 140 pounds, and had light hair and blue eyes. For recreation he enjoyed aviation, motoring, and swimming. At the time his address was 324 West 84th Street, New York City
The fan magazine mentioned he played poker, tennis, enjoyed swimming but didn’t play golf and even owned an antique shop on the side. Creighton often played meek or diffident comedy roles with round glasses. In 1919 Creighton’s early career was dropped off his resume and is being called a “new star”  under the direction of D.W. Griffith in “The Idol Dancer”. “Way Down East” and “Orphans of the Storm”. He was living at 18 Windsor Road in Great Neck, Long Island.
By 1924, he preferred screen acting to that of the stage, for he "hated the waste of evenings on stage, the best part of a man's lifetime."  that year he declined to tell reporters that he 42 years old still player the young romantic leads. In answer to the question, "What is your great ambition," he stated: "To make enough money to be independently wealthy and be an electrical engineer and scientific experimenter."
His first marriage in 1912 was to a "non-professional.", Victoire Lowel came to an end with an acrimonious divorce in 1926, he was charged with failing to pay child support or visiting his two sons; the boys were eventually adopted by Victoire’s second husband John Miljan.
The divorce created awful press for the 44 year old actor, his career on a decline by the time he appear at the Hal Roach Studio in the "Our Gang" serials as the older brother, Jack, to Miss Crabtree. It was during this period that Creighton starred with Mabel Normand in two comedies, “One Hour Married” and “Should Men Walk Home?”
In July 2016, Kerr Lockhart saw “Should Men Walk Home?” at Museum Of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York at the Leo McCarey Program, it was Leo that directed the 1927 Roach comedy that Kerr described as “a really marvelous film, and Mabel still had her comedy chops”. Steve Massa also was at the show last week at the Museum of Modern Art with live accompaniment by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks reported that “everyone loved Mabel and the film”. And Ron Hutchinson wrote that “it was an unbelievably wonderful night with Vince accompanying 4 silent Roach shorts, including this one. He used contemporary twenties tunes where appropriate, like "Following You Around" when they are running through the house in Mabel's short. He also played "Oh! Mabel" at the opening. Thanks to Steve Massa, Dave Kehr and Vince Giordano for making this memorable evening happen. The place was packed!!
“Dangerous! Never stop your car on the highway to give a strange girl a ride – They’re always hungry”
In the following years, his parts became smaller but the quality of his work did not drop. He often appeared un-credited in films: “The Thin Man” 1934; “Becky Sharp” 1935. “Till We Meet Again”, 1936, “Nancy Drew” 1939, “All This and Heaven Too” 1940 and yes indeed in 1941 “The Maltese Falcon” and “Casablanca” 1942. “Johnny Belinda” 1948, “The Fountainhead” 1949, “Sunset Boulevard” 1950; Creighton also worked in early TV, like “The Abbott and Costello Show” 1953. “My Little Margie” 1954, “Our Miss Brooks” 1956, “Cheyenne” 1957 and so much more.
There was a role in “Time, The Comedian”, in which Creighton was in the cast with Mae Busch and Lew Cody, the year before Mabel Normand married Lew.
In 1930 he lived for awhile at 3159 Lake Hollywood Drive, Los Angeles. Creighton had married Kathleen Bering in 1931 and they remind together until his death in 1965. Creighton lived in Burbank for more then 20 years at 451 South Fairview Creighton Hale lived the last years of his life at Motion Picture Country Hospital and died August 8, 1965 at the Motion Picture Sanitarium in Pasadena. Creighton was survived by his two sons, Patrick Fitzgerald and Robert Miljan, three grandsons and a granddaughter after cremation his sons placed their father’s ashes at Duncans Mills Cemetery in California.
 Photoplay, March 1916, gave the date as 1892) in Cork, Ireland.
 The Taint (Eclectic, November 1914).
 Motion Picture Classic, June 1919, He played in a Virginia Pearson production in which Theda Bara was also an extra
 The New York Dramatic Mirror, Aug. 4, 1915: the Pathé actor appears as Jameson in “The Exploits of Elaine”
 Thanhouser Career Synopsis. 1914
 The 1918 edition of the Motion Picture Studio Directory
 The Moving Picture World, May 5, 1917
 Photoplay, October 1918, noted that sales were poor.
 The New York Times, August 24, 1919
 Bob Siler Collection
 Preserved in the Robinson Locke Collection
 IMDb It was purported that Hale made a 1923 stag film but photos show it wasn’t him but whispered tales tarnished his reputation.
 Moving Picture World, June 27 1925
 Bob Siler Collection
 Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 Burbank Daily Review, August 11, 1965
 Hollywood Reporter, August 11, 1965
 According to Jose Barnada at Find a Grave
Special thanks to:
Kevin Cloud Brechner
William M. Drew