Harold Lloyd

Actor, Comedian, Director
Generally ranked alongside Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton as one of the masters of comedy during the silent era, Harold Lloyd created a more conventional personality than his contemporaries with the so-called Glasses ... Read more »
Born: 04/20/1893 in Burchard, Nebraska, USA


Actor (13)

The Sin of Harold Diddlebock 1950 (Movie)

Harold Diddlebock (Actor)

The Milky Way 1935 (Movie)


Movie Crazy 1931 (Movie)


Speedy 1927 (Movie)


The Kid Brother 1926 (Movie)


The Freshman 1924 (Movie)


Safety Last 1923 (Movie)

The Boy (Actor)

For Heaven's Sake (Movie)

J. Harold Manners, the Uptown Boy (Actor)

Rainbow Island (Movie)


She Loves Me Not (Movie)


Take a Chance (Movie)


The Big Idea (TV Show)

Producer (3)

Movie Crazy 1931 (Movie)


A Girl, a Guy and A Gob (Movie)


For Heaven's Sake (Movie)



Generally ranked alongside Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton as one of the masters of comedy during the silent era, Harold Lloyd created a more conventional personality than his contemporaries with the so-called Glasses Character, an ever-optimistic, constantly striving everyman who thoroughly captured the public's fancy during the 1920s. In fact, throughout most of the decade, his films proved to be more popular than Chaplin's or Keaton's, though in later years those two far outpaced him in terms of their places in cinema history due to Lloyd's tightfisted control over his work. Nonetheless, after developing a Chaplin knockoff character in Lonesome Luke, who managed a successful run from 1915-17, Lloyd reinvented himself as The Boy, the bespectacled optimist who bumbled his way in and out of trouble in often death-defying ways. A pioneer of sight gags and extreme stunts, Lloyd risked life and limb to create some of the most iconic images in silent film, most notably in "Safety Last!" (1923), in which he famously hung by a broken clock hand ten stories off the ground without use of trick photography. He went on to enormous success with hits like his personal favorite "Grandma's Boy" (1922), "Girl Shy" (1924) and "Welcome Danger" (1929), before enjoying measurable popularity in the sound era with "Feet First" (1930), "The Cat's-Paw" (1934) and "The Milky Way" (1936), with the latter being arguably his best talkie. Though his dissolved his production company in 1938 and effectively retired in the next decade, Lloyd fell into obscurity, only to regain prominence after his death, proving that the great comedian's appeal was timeless.


Suzanne Lloyd Hayes


Mildred Davis

born in 1901 married from February 10, 1923 until her death on August 18, 1969 at age 68

Harold Lloyd Jr. Actor


James Lloyd

moved family frequently because of inability to hold a job divorced from Lloyd's mother in 1910 had a cameo role in "Over the Fence" died in 1947

Elizabeth Lloyd

divorced fropm Lloyd's father in 1910 died in 1941

Gloria Lloyd

born in 1923

Peggy Lloyd

adopted in 1930 died in 1986

Harold Lloyd

born in 1931 suffered stroke in 1965 died on June 8, 1971 mother, Mildred Davis

Gaylord Lloyd

later worked as a vice-president for the Harold Lloyd Corportation born in 1888 died in 1943


School of Dramatic Art

San Diego , California



Exhibition of his 3-D photographs mounted in London under the title "Double Vision"


Will established the Harold Lloyd Foundation, to encourage the study of film


Released first compilation of silent work, "Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy", followed by "Harold Lloyd's Funny Side of Life" (1963)


Appeared as a mystery guest on "What's My Line?" (CBS)


Made a curious comeback in Preston Sturges' "The Sin of Harold Diddleback"; opening sequence featured footage from "The Freshman"; re-released under the title "Mad Wednesday" in 1950


Hosted NBC radio series "Old Gold Comedy Hour"


A nitrate explosion in his home destroyed what in many cases was the sole extant copy of some of the Lonesome Luke films


Retired from screen acting after "Professor Beware"


First film with sound sequences, "Welcome Danger"


Played a college newcomer who will go to any length to be the most popular man on campus in "The Freshman"; his most successful film at the box office, it grossed over $2.5 million making it one of the biggest grossers of the Silent Era


First full-length film as producer, "Girl Shy"; also acted


"Safety Last", became his most famous film because of the great stunt that had him hanging from the hands of a clock on a high-rise building


First feature film, "Sailor-Made Man"


While posing for a series of new publicity stills during the filming of "Haunted Spooks" (1920), a real bomb (which had got mixed in with fake explosives by mistake) blew up in his hand, resulting in the loss of the thumb and index finger on his right han


Seized upon the gimmick of eye-glasses as an outstanding trademark, debuting The Glass Character (or 'Glasses') in September's "Over the Fence"; acted in as well as wrote and directed; sole film on which Lloyd received directing credit; continued making L


Appeared in "Miss Fatty's Seaside Lovers", directed by Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle for Mack Sennett's Keystone; only known title of Lloyd's films for Sennett


Developed second major character, Lonesome Luke, patterned after Charlie Chaplin's 'Tramp'; Luke wore tight-fitting instead of baggy clothes; made over 100 one-reelers and numerous two-reelers in this persona


Entered films with a bit part in The Edison Company's "The Old Monk's Tale"


Moved to San Diego with family when father received settlement for on-the-job accident


Made stage debut in "Macbeth" with Shakespeare Repertory Company in Beatrice, Nebraska

At Rolin, created first major character, Willie Work; only one film "Just Nuts" (1915) featuring Willie remains extant

During childhood, lived in various cities in Nebraska and Colorado

Moved from Edison to Universal before eventually joining former fellow-extra Hal Roach in the Rolin Film Company

Studied with and also taught acting at school founded by John Lane Connor

Acted with various stock companies in Nebraska, Colorado and San Diego, California

Bonus Trivia


The tragic bomb blast on August 24, 1919 which cost him his two fingers required a 16-day hospitalization and also incapacitated him for seven months; he always wore a skin-toned rubber glove after that. For the balance of his life, Lloyd never publicly mentioned the loss of his fingers, despite mentioning the explosion aplenty. He did not, as was said during his lifetime, do all his own stunts (though he certainly did his share).


Lloyd produced the first compilation of his work, "Down Memory Lane", for the Masonic order of Shriners (an organization for which he served as Grand Potentate) in 1948 (no public screenings so far as known). He also compiled "Harold Lloyd's Laugh Parade" (1951) for the Shriners.


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