Harold Lloyd biography

Actor Harold Lloyd

Harold Lloyd biography

Harold Lloyd (Harold Clayton Lloyd) was born on April 20, 1893.

He was an American film comedian. Harold Lloyd debuted as an extra in 1912 and, from 1913, appeared alternately with Mack Sennett and Hal Roach in well over 100 short farces. His first success was the character Lonesome Luke, a Chaplin pastiche.

In 1917 he invented the "glasses guy," a handsome, bespectacled young man, often shy and absent-minded but energetic and agile and embroiled in tragic events.

Harold Lloyd stuck to this figure for the rest of his career, moving from 1921 to feature films; the best, e.g., Safety Last (1923) and For Heaven's Sake (1926), has retained classic status. After introducing the sound film, his career languished, but by then, he had become one of Hollywood's wealthiest men.

Harold Lloyd received an Honorary Oscar in 1952.

Died on March 8, 1971

last updated October 2022

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