Harry Langdon

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Birth Name: Harry Langdon
Born: 06/15/1884
Birth Place: Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA
Died: 12/22/1944

Langdon developed his character and some basic comic situations as a successful stage performer. Film producer Mack Sennett spotted him, signed him to a contract in 1923, and assigned Sennett staff members Arthur Ripley, Harry Edwards and Frank Capra to work with Langdon to translate his comic persona to film. His first film for Sennett, "Picking Peaches" (1924), showed little promise, but by the time Langdon made his final short for Sennett, "Saturday Afternoon" (1926), his character was in place.

The Langdon character possesses an imperishable optimism and a baby-like innocence, characterized by a fleeting half-smile and a meek wave of greeting. In a bizarre twist, it happens that this w... Continue Bio >>