From his early days on the stage, Percy Hayes was known for singing and impressions; but it was as actor Rupert Julian that he made his name in Australia, then in the pictures in America. After earning a million dollars as director, producer, writer and star of The Kaiser, his directing career peaked with The Phantom Of The Opera in 1925, starring Lon Chaney. He stayed on in a mansion in LA's Hollywood Hills, until his death in 1943.Image: courtesy of Marc Wanamaker/Bison Archive

He looked very severe. He was extremely dignified and he wore a little waxed moustache — it wasn’t caricature, it was a really stunning moustache. He was always beautifully groomed, a little flower in his buttonhole, and he was very, very strict. Silent screen actor Ruth Clifford, in a September 1989 American Cinematographer article by Scott MacQueen

The Cat Creeps

1930, Director - Film

Love Comes Along

1928, Director - Film

Walking Back

1928, Director, Editor - Film

The Country Doctor

1927, Director - Film

The Leopard Lady

1927, Director - Film

The Yankee Clipper

1927, Director - Film


1926, Director - Film

Three Faces East

1926, Director, As: The Kaiser - Film

Hell's Highroad

1925, Director - Film

The Phantom of the Opera (Lon Chaney version)

1925, Director - Film

Love and Glory

1924, Writer, Director - Film


1923, Director - Film

Creaking Stairs

1919, Writer, Director - Film

The Fire Flingers

1919, As: Richard Hatton - Film

The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin

1918, As: The Kaiser, Writer, Director, Producer - Film

A Kentucky Cinderella

1917, Director, As: John Silverwood - Film

Mother o'Mine

1917, As: John Standing, Story, Director - Film

The Gift Girl

1917, Director - Film

Bettina Loved a Soldier

1916, Director, As: Jean Reynaud - Film

The Bugler of Algiers

1916, Director, As: Pierre - Film

The Dumb Girl of Portici

1916, As: Masaniello - Film

The Evil Women Do

1916, As: Count Ville Handry - Film

The Right to Be Happy

1916, Director, As: Ebenezer Scrooge - Film

Gilded Youth

1915, As: Pinky Cochrane, Producer, Writer, Director - Short Film


1915, As: Robert Gordon - Film

The Merchant of Venice

1914, As: Antonio - Film

His Sister

1913, As: George Halsey - Short Film