Larry Semon

Actor, Director, Newspaper cartoonist
Former cartoonist who joined Vitagraph in 1916 as a writer and director of comedy shorts. Semon starred in his zany films as a goofy character in white face and over-sized pants, and at one time his popularity ... Read more »
Born: 07/06/1889 in West Point, Michigan, USA

Filmography

other (3)

Underworld 1926 (Movie)

"Slippy" Lewis (Actor)

Girl in the Limousine (Movie)

(Director)

The Agent (TV Show)

Director

Biography

Former cartoonist who joined Vitagraph in 1916 as a writer and director of comedy shorts. Semon starred in his zany films as a goofy character in white face and over-sized pants, and at one time his popularity approached that of Chaplin, Lloyd, and Keaton. Oliver Hardy often appeared as his villainous foil, and he was usually supported by leading ladies Lucille Carlisle and Dorothy Dwan, whom he would later marry. Semon's fiscal irresponsibility lead to a rift with Vitagraph and although he continued to turn out features, they met with limited success. He tried to made a comeback in a dramatic role in Joseph Von Sternberg's "Underworld" (1927), but left film shortly thereafter and following a nervous breakdown, died in 1929 of pneumonia.

Relationships

'Zera the Great'

Father

Lucille Carlisle

Wife
first wife

Dorothy Dwan

Wife
Married 1925 until his death 1928 died in 1980

Milestones

1917

Began appearing as actor

1916

Joined Vitagraph to write and direct comedy shorts

Worked as a cartoonist for The New York Sun

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