Mack Sennett

Director, Producer, Actor
Once dubbed "The King of Comedy," producer and director Mack Sennett was a ringmaster for a motley crew of comedic talent that included Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Mabel Normand and the Keystone Kops, who slid ... Read more »
Born: 01/16/1880 in Danville, Quebec, CA

Filmography

other (29)

Fatty's Seaside Lovers 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Hollywood Cavalcade 1939 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Goodbye Kiss 1927 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Goodbye Kiss 1927 (Movie)

(Director)

Fatty's Tintype Tangle 1914 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tillie's Punctured Romance 1913 (Movie)

(Director)

Mabel's Dramatic Career 1912 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mabel's Dramatic Career 1912 (Movie)

(Director)

Mabel's Dramatic Career 1912 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Black Viper 1908 (Movie)

Rescuer (Actor)

A Harem Knight (Movie)

(Producer)

Bag of Bones (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bright Eyes (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Bright Eyes (Movie)

(Producer)

Down on the Farm (Movie)

(Producer)

Gooseland (Movie)

(Producer)

His First Flame (Movie)

(Producer)

Hypnotized (Movie)

(Director)

Hypnotized (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

In Old Kentucky (Movie)

(Actor)

Lucky Jim (Movie)

(Actor)

Lucky Stars (Movie)

(Producer)

Rivals (TV Show)

Director

The Extra Girl (Movie)

(Presented by)

The Extra Girl (Movie)

(Screen Story)

The Jolly Jilter (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Masquerader (Movie)

(Producer)

The Newlyweds (Movie)

(Actor)

The Way of a Man (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Once dubbed "The King of Comedy," producer and director Mack Sennett was a ringmaster for a motley crew of comedic talent that included Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Mabel Normand and the Keystone Kops, who slid, slipped and slapped their way across American movie screens of the 1910s. His anarchic world of cross-eyed rubes, nightmare-bearded villains, comely bathing beauties and bumbling cops falling off cliffs, out of buildings, and throwing custard pies was an unexpected creation of a man who grew up wanting to be an opera star. Sennett's brand of crude slapstick humor proved to be highly popular with audiences and helped him become one of the most powerful men of early Hollywood. With outside financial backing, Sennett set up his famed Keystone Studios in 1912 and began cracking out one- and two-reel shorts by the hundreds. He also ventured into feature filmmaking, most notably with "Tillie's Punctured Romance" (1914), starring Mabel Normand, with whom he had a long and problematic romance until the mid-1920s. In 1917, Sennett left Keystone to make movies independently, only to stubbornly hold onto a tired, out-dated formula throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Among the pratfalls, chases, character stereotypes and pantomime, Sennett set the tone in Hollywood's early days and created the ground rules for American screen comedy that were to follow.

Milestones

1939

Associate producer with 20th Century--Fox

1917

Formed "Mack Sennett Comedies"

1915

Keystone absorbed by Triangle Film Corporation

1912

Formed Keystone

1910

Began directing shorts

1908

Entered film as actor with Biograph

1908

Co-starred in and contributed scripts to numerous shorts helmed by D.W. Griffith

Bonus Trivia

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The romance of Sennett and Normand formed the basis for the unsuccessful 1974 Broadway musical "Mack and Mabel".

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