I won't go into specifics. He was beautiful, and at the height of his powers. His style waned, he was dropped by MGM (which he helped rescue) and slid into alcoholism and old age. His murder in 1968 brought him briefly back into the papers. His sensationally lurid end has besmirched his antique fame. He is now largely forgotten, as most silent stars are in this multimedia world. Pity.
There is a great line from The Prime of Miss Jean Brody with Maggie Smith. She asks her class who the greatest Italian painter is and one of the girls answers, "Leonardo Da Vinci, Miss Brodie." "That is incorrect," she says. "The answer is Giotto. He is my favourite."
His murderer, Paul Ferguson