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Also Known As: Died: October 8, 1928
Born: July 6, 1889 Cause of Death: pneumonia
Birth Place: West Point, Michigan, USA Profession: actor, director, newspaper cartoonist, writer

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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.

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.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Spuds (1927) Director
2.
  Stop, Look, and Listen (1926) Director
3.
  The Wizard of Oz (1925) Director
4.
5.
  Rent Collector, The (1921) Director
6.
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  Frauds and Frenzies (1918) Director
8.
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  Bears and Bad Men (1918) Director
10.
  Huns and Hyphens (1918) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Spuds (1927) "Spuds"
2.
 Underworld (1927) Slippy Lewis
3.
 Stop, Look, and Listen (1926) Luther Meek
4.
 The Wizard of Oz (1925) Scarecrow
5.
 The Perfect Clown (1925) Bert Larry
6.
 Go Straight (1925) Himself
7.
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Worked as a cartoonist for <i>The New York Sun</i>
1916:
Joined Vitagraph to write and direct comedy shorts
1917:
Began appearing as actor

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wife:
Lucille Carlisle. Actor. First wife.
wife:
Dorothy Dawn. Actor. Second wife; died in 1980.

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father:
'Zera the Great'. Magician.

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