Mabel and Fatty's Wash Day
Harry McCoy was one of the most versatile performers in Sennett's Keystone company. Over the course of some 75 shorts, he played every kind of role--from villains to heroes, walk-ons to leading parts. Perhaps because of this unusual range, at a studio where the stars specialized in easily recognizable character types, McCoy did not become as well-known as his frequent appearances would suggest. McCoy also branched into directing, and worked as a writer for the likes of Harry Langdon. In 1937, he joined Walt Disney's company as a gag writer, but died young before making his mark in this new venture.
By David Kalat