Today is the anniversary of the death in 1941 of pioneer animator J. Stuart Blackton. He directed some early live action films, too, including Oliver Twist, Sherlock Holmes, adaptations of Victor Hugo novels and Shakespeare plays including the first American film version of Romeo and Juliet. The Library of Congress has an article on him. BFI's ScreenOnline has a short biography.
The Enchanted Drawing (1900):
Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906):
The Thieving Hand (1908) can be viewed here.