Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Frissells in:
 • Berkeley Memorial Cemetery
 • Middletown
 • Newport County
 • Rhode Island
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Varick Frissell
Birth: Aug. 29, 1903
Death: Mar. 15, 1931

Motion Picture Director. The son of a wealthy banker, he grew up in New York's Upper East Side and studied at Yale. He became interested in filmaking after seeing "Nanook of the North" (1922) and meeting its director, Robert Flaherty. On the strength of two short documentaries, "The Lure of Labrador" (1926) and "The Swilin' Racket" (1928), Frissell got backing from Paramount Pictures for a feature, "The Viking", the first talkie to be shot entirely in Canada. The production was fraught with hardships and took up most of 1930. On March 9, 1931, Frissell, cameraman Alexander G. Penrod, and two assistants joined the crew of the Canadian sealing ship Viking and sailed from Newfoundland to complete second-unit filming. Six days later the ship exploded and sank off the coast of Horse Island, killing Frissell, Penrod, and 25 others. It was one of the worst disasters in Hollywood history. "The Viking" was completed by director George Melford. Frissell's remains were never recovered but a cenotaph was placed for him at the Berkeley Chapel Churchyard in Middletown, Rhode Island. His life and the doomed voyage of the S. S. Viking were the subject of an award-winning documentary, "White Thunder" (2002). (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
 
Burial:
Berkeley Memorial Cemetery *
Middletown
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA
Specifically: Body lost at sea. Went down with the S. S. Viking off the coast of Horse Island, Newfoundland, Canada.
*Cenotaph [?]
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
Record added: Nov 10, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9791801
Varick Frissell
Added by: Bobb Edwards
 
Varick Frissell
Added by: Bobb Edwards
 
Varick Frissell
Added by: Jen Snoots
 
There is 1 more photo not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- Cindy
 Added: Mar. 15, 2014
Happy Birthday!
- Cindy
 Added: Aug. 29, 2013

- David Wend
 Added: Aug. 29, 2013
There are 56 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.1 after 22 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service