Larry Semon

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Birthday
16, 1889
Birthplace
Mississippi
Death Date
Oct 8, 1928 (39)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
16, 1889
Birthplace
Mississippi
Death Date
Oct 8, 1928 (39)

About

Slapstick comic actor during the silent film era who had a meteoric rise to the heights of fame and just as steep of a descent due to his flashy lifestyle. He directed the 1925 silent film Wizard of Oz, which had an influence on the 1939 classic.

Before Fame

Showing a talent for art, he worked as a cartoonist for several newspapers, which got him a job at Vitagraph, writing gags.

Trivia

At Vitagraph he went from writing scripts to acting, directing, and taking just about every responsibility with the studio; but his foray into making movies on his own went very expensively awry.

Family Life

He grew up in a showbusiness family, the son of a traveling vaudeville magician, Zera the Great.

Associated With

Though a great talent during his early years, after his fame declined he was only known for making comedy classics with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.