Stage actor Earl Foxe enjoyed a measure of success as a silent-film leading man in the WW I era. One of Foxe's most celebrated screen roles was the lead in Cecil B. DeMille's 1916 production Trail of the Lonesome Pine. He was contracted to Fox Studios in the 1920s, where he befriended up-and-coming director John Ford. For the next two decades, he showed up in leads, featured roles and bits in such Ford pictures as Hangman's House (1928), Four Sons (1928), Mary of Scotland (1936) and My Darling Clementine (1946). In the 1930s and 1940s, Earl Foxe enjoyed a second burst of fame as the owner of Black Fox Academy, a prestigious Los Angeles military school largely populated by the offspring of the motion picture community.