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The Harold... A standout contributor to the art of silent film comedy, Harold Lloyd... more info $24.95was $24.95 Buy Now

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Also Known As: Died: March 8, 1971
Born: April 20, 1893 Cause of Death: prostate cancer
Birth Place: Burchard, Nebraska, USA Profession: Cast ...
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During childhood, lived in various cities in Nebraska and Colorado
1905:
Made stage debut in "Macbeth" with Shakespeare Repertory Company in Beatrice, Nebraska
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Acted with various stock companies in Nebraska, Colorado and San Diego, California
1912:
Moved to San Diego with family when father received settlement for on-the-job accident
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Studied with and also taught acting at school founded by John Lane Connor
1913:
Entered films with a bit part in The Edison Company's "The Old Monk's Tale"
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Moved from Edison to Universal before eventually joining former fellow-extra Hal Roach in the Rolin Film Company
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At Rolin, created first major character, Willie Work; only one film "Just Nuts" (1915) featuring Willie remains extant
1915:
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
1915:
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
1917:
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 Lonesome Luke films until he was sure of new character's popularity
1919:
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 hand and tiny scars on his lower right cheek
1921:
First feature film, "Sailor-Made Man"
1923:
"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
1924:
First full-length film as producer, "Girl Shy"; also acted
1925:
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
1929:
First film with sound sequences, "Welcome Danger"
1938:
Retired from screen acting after "Professor Beware"
1943:
A nitrate explosion in his home destroyed what in many cases was the sole extant copy of some of the Lonesome Luke films
1944:
Hosted NBC radio series "Old Gold Comedy Hour"
1947:
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
1953:
Appeared as a mystery guest on "What's My Line?" (CBS)
1962:
Released first compilation of silent work, "Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy", followed by "Harold Lloyd's Funny Side of Life" (1963)
1971:
Will established the Harold Lloyd Foundation, to encourage the study of film
2001:
Exhibition of his 3-D photographs mounted in London under the title "Double Vision"

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