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Silent films thesp Wain dies

As a child actor he performed in 'Peter Pan'

By VARIETY STAFF

Kit Wain, one of the last surviving cast members of the 1924 silent film “Peter Pan” starring Betty Bronson, died Nov. 6 in Los Angeles of pneumonia. He was 89.

Born in Toronto, Wain and his mother moved to New York, where he began his career. When he was 6, he and his mother moved to Los Angeles so he could work on the silents. As a child actor, Wain was cast in films including “Yolanda,” “Icebound,” “Siberia,” “The King of Kings,” “The Bridge of San Luis Rey,” “Heart of Salome,” “Brothers” and “Redemption.”

He performed onstage with Edward Everett Horton in “The Swan” and in the talkie “Tom Brown of Culver” with Tyrone Power.

Wain’s acting career was cut short in 1932 at age 14 when his mother died, leaving him an orphan. He was raised at the Voorhis School for Boys in San Dimas and went on to attend UCLA.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, Jean, survivors include his daughter, Margot Wain, director of daytime programming for CBS Entertainment; a son; and four grandchildren.

A memorial will be held Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. at St. Albans Episcopal Church, 580 S. Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024. Donations may be made in Wain’s name to the Jerry Voorhis Memorial Scholarship Fund at Cal Poly Pomona, attn: Ron Simons, 3081 West Temple Ave., Pomona, CA 91768.

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