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Harold Lloyd

Harold Lloyd


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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 ...


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.

About The Glass Character: "The glasses would serve as my trade-mark and at the same time suggest the character--quiet, normal, boyish, clean, sympathetic, not impossible to romance. I would need no eccentric make-up, 'mo' or funny clothes. I would be an average recognizable American youth and let the situations take care of the comedy." --Harold Lloyd

"I never took credit for direction, although I practically directed all my own pictures. The directors were entirely dependent on me. I had these boys (i.e., Hal Roach; Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor) there because I felt they knew comedy, they knew what I wanted, they knew me and they could handle the details." --Harold Lloyd quoted in David Thomson's "A Biographical Dictionary of Film"

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