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Also Known As: Mikall Sinnott, Michael Sinnott Died: November 5, 1960
Born: January 17, 1880 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Danville, Quebec, CA Profession: director, actor, producer

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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,...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  The Road to Hollywood (1947) Dir of "I Surrender Dear" and "One More Chance"
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  Timid Young Man, The (1935) Director
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  Hypnotized (1932) Director
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  One More Chance (1931) Director
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  Midnight Daddies (1930) Director
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  Old Barn, The (1928) Director
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  The Good-Bye Kiss (1928) Director
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  Oh, Mabel Behave (1922) Director
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  Home Talent (1921) Director
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  Married Life (1920) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Down Memory Lane (1949)
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 Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) Himself
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 Oh, Mabel Behave (1922) Blaa Blaa
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 My Valet (1915) His valet
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9.
 Gold Is Not All (1910)
10.
 A Gold Necklace (1910)
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1908:
Entered film as actor with Biograph
1908:
Co-starred in and contributed scripts to numerous shorts helmed by D.W. Griffith
1910:
Began directing shorts
1912:
Formed Keystone
1915:
Keystone absorbed by Triangle Film Corporation
1917:
Formed "Mack Sennett Comedies"
1939:
Associate producer with 20th Century--Fox
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Notes

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

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companion:
Mabel Normand. Actor, director.

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"King of Comedy"

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