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Del Lord
Birth: Oct. 7, 1894
Death: Mar. 23, 1970
Calabasas
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Motion Picture Director. He moved from his native Ontario to New York to pursue a career in the theatre, and became acquainted with the legendary director Mack Sennett, who was also originally from Canada. He moved across the country to Hollywood after Sennett offered him a job at his Keystone Studios. At Keystone, Lord appeared in countless popular films and was one of the original Keystone Kops. He played the driver of their van, and was known for his skilled driving and comedic timing in this role. He was able to maneuver the police van between very tight spots, speeding trains, and other vehicles, and was also able to drive it to the edge of a precipice without causing the van or the people inside of it to plummet over the edge. Later on Lord got the chance to try his hand at directing in addition to acting, and proved his ability in this area with a number of very popular shorts at Keystone. He directed such comedic stars as Ben Turpin, Andy Clyde, and Billy Bevan. Lord's directing technique was to film the final scene first and then work backwards from it to the beginning. He also directed two feature-length pictures at Universal Studios, 'Topsy and Eva' (1927) and 'Barnum Was Right' (1929), as well as a number of two-reelers at Hal Roch Studios, Educational Pictures, and First National Studios. Keystone Studios closed in 1933 due to the Great Depression, and Lord found work as a used car salesman for the next several years. He returned to the film industry in 1935 when his old friend Jules White, who worked at Columbia Studios, offered him a directing position. Lord stayed at the studio until 1946, directing countless comedy shorts, most famously for the Three Stooges, whom he is credited with developing the unique comedy style of. Some of the shorts he directed for them include 'Hoi Polloi' (1935), 'Pop Goes the Easel' (1935), 'Dizzy Doctors' (1937), 'Healthy, Wealthy, and Dumb' (1938), 'A-Plumbing We Will Go' (1940), and 'Cactus Makes Perfect' (1942). He also directed Buster Keaton, Andy Clyde, Charley Chase, and a number of other popular comedians of the era. In addition to directing short subjects, he also directed a number of feature-length films. Although he had left Columbia Studios in 1946, he later returned upon the request of producer Hugh McCollum to help with directing the shorts of Hugh Herbert. While back at Columbia, he also directed one final Three Stooges short, 'Shivering Sherlocks' (1948). In 1952 he retired from the movie business. His final project was a 39-minute short entitled 'Paradise for Buster,' starring his old friend and colleague Buster Keaton. (bio by: Carrie-Anne) 
 
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  Mildred Lord (1897 - 1953)*
 
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Burial:
Olivewood Cemetery
Riverside
Riverside County
California, USA
Plot: Section R1, Grave 260
 
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Originally Created by: T W Zimmerman
Record added: Jul 14, 2002
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