Harold Lloyd

Harold Lloyd

Burchard, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA
Death 8 Mar 1971 (aged 77)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Great Mausoleum, Begonia Corridor
Memorial ID 634 · View Source
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Actor, Comedian. He was a legendary, innovative comic actor in many motion pictures of the 1910s through the 1950s. Born in Nebraska, his career began at the age of 12. In 1913, he moved with his father to Los Angeles, California where the motion picture industry was still in its early stages. He then tried to break into the industry, taking any small part he could get. He soon made friends with Hal Roach, who was putting together his own production company. Hal started featuring Lloyd as Lonesome Luke, a Chaplin inspired bumbler. While Luke was popular. Harold knew he had to do something else. In 1917, Lloyd began work on a new character, one that was to remain his signature for his entire career. With round glasses, a straw hat, and an unkempt suit, this was something definitely different. He seemed to be the fool and the fox, able to outsmart the bad guy, but by just a little. However, in 1919, tragedy struck. While posing for a photographer, he grabbed what he thought was a fake bomb and lit it with his cigarette. The bomb exploded in his hand, costing him his thumb and forefinger. It was front page news and was thought to end his career. Never the quitter, Harold bounced back and made dozens more films, among them the best and most highly acclaimed, Safety Last, Girl Shy, and Speedy. Even into the time of the talking pictures when other silent film stars threw in the towel Harold never gave up. He died in Hollywood, a legend in silent comedy.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Harold Lloyd (20 Apr 1893–8 Mar 1971), Find a Grave Memorial no. 634, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .