Claire McDowell: Claire McDowell. Actress: The Big Parade. Claire McDowell was born on 2 November 1877 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Big Parade (1925), Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) and The Mark of Zorro (1920). She was married to Charles Hill Mailes. She died on 23 October 1966 in Hollywood, California, USA.