President Abraham Lincoln will always be a popular character in movies: historically significant, larger than life, and the kind of man others aspire to be. He rose from poverty to become president, and his life story has a dreadfully dramatic ending. And Hollywood knows a good story when it sees one.
IMDB lists at least 327 movies with Abraham Lincoln as a character, the earliest is 1911, though there were certainly more, and I’d have to do actual research to dig those up, so let’s just pretend for today it started in 1911. The one that caught my eye is saucily titled “Lincoln, the Lover” (1914), starring the first standout Lincoln, Ralph Ince. Ince directed over 171 films in the very earliest days of cinema, and gained notoriety as Lincoln from about 1906 to his last appearance in “The Highest Law” (1921).
Others who've played Lincoln include Gregory Peck, Jason Robards, Sam Waterson, Walter Huston, Kris Kristofferson, and Daniel Day-Lewis. Read about them and see more pictures at Pajiba. Link -via Unreality