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Larry Semon (I) (1889–1928)

Slapstick comedian known for his charming, white-painted face and clownish smile, mugged his way to being a very highly paid and popular actor. His career was marred by personal problems, and his fortune was lost to high spending. By the time he died, he'd already been hospitalized for a nervous breakdown and was penniless. He was 39 years old. See full bio »

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Known For

Filmography

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 1928 A Simple Sap (Short)
 1928 Dummies (Short)
 1927 Oh, What a Man! (Short)
 1927 The Stunt Man (Short)
 1927 A Dozen Socks (Short) (uncredited)
 1927 The Plumber's Daughter (Short)
 1927 Pass the Dumplings (Short)
 1925 My Best Girl
 1925 The Cloudhopper (Short)
 1925 The Dome Doctor (Short)
 1924 Kid Speed (Short)
 1924 Her Boy Friend (Short)
 1924 Trouble Brewing (Short)
 1923 Horseshoes (Short)
 1923 Lightning Love (Short)
 1923 The Gown Shop (Short)
 1923 The Midnight Cabaret (Short)
 1923 The Barnyard (Short)
 1923 No Wedding Bells (Short)
 1922 The Counter Jumper (Short)
 1922 The Agent (Short)
 1922 Golf (Short)
 1922 A Pair of Kings (Short)
 1922/II The Show (Short)
 1922 The Sawmill (Short)
 1921 The Bell Hop (Short)
 1921 The Fall Guy (Short)
 1921 The Rent Collector (Short)
 1921 The Bakery (Short)
 1921 The Hick (Short)
 1921 The Sportsman (Short)
 1920 The Suitor (Short)
 1920 The Stage Hand (Short)
 1920 Solid Concrete (Short)
 1920 School Days (Short)
 1920 The Fly Cop (Short)
 1919 The Grocery Clerk (Short)
 1919 The Head Waiter (Short)
 1919 Dew Drop Inn (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1919 Dull Care (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1919 Between the Acts (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1919/I The Simple Life (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1919 His Home Sweet Home (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1919 The Star Boarder (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1919 Passing the Buck (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1919 Well, I'll Be (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1919 Scamps and Scandals (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1919 Traps and Tangles (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Pluck and Plotters (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Humbugs and Husbands (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Frauds and Frenzies (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Bears and Bad Men (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Huns and Hyphens (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Mutts and Motors (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Dunces and Dangers (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Bathing Beauties and Big Boobs (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Hindoos and Hazards (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Boodle and Bandits (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Skids and Scalawags (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Romans and Rascals (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Spies and Spills (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Whistles and Windows (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Rummies and Razors (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Stripes and Stumbles (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Meddlers and Moonshiners (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Rooms and Rumors (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Babes and Boobs (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1918 Guns and Greasers (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Captain Jinks' Dilemma (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Captain Jinks' Nephew's Wife (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Captain Jinks' Widow (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Noisy Naggers and Nosey Neighbors (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Spooks and Spasms (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Rough Toughs and Roof Tops (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Tough Luck and Tin Lizzies (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Sports and Splashes (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Plagues and Puppy Love (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Plans and Pajamas (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Risks and Roughnecks (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Slips and Slackers (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Gall and Golf (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Chumps and Chances (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Shells and Shivers (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Worries and Wobbles (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Boasts and Boldness (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Gall and Gasoline (Short)
 1917 Hazards and Home Runs (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Dubs and Drygoods (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Flatheads and Flivvers (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Turks and Troubles (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Bombs and Blunders (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Footlights and Fakers (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Pests and Promises (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Guff and Gunplay (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Masks and Mishaps (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Cops and Cussedness (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 He Never Touched Me (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Rips and Rushes (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Somewhere in Any Place (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Big Bluffs and Bowling Balls (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Jolts and Jewelry (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Bullies and Bullets (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1917 Speed and Spunk (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1916 Shanks and Chivalry (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1916 Help! Help! Help! (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1916 Rah! Rah! Rah! (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1916 Captain Jinks' Evolution (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1916 Hash and Havoc (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1916 His Conscious Conscience (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1916 Jumps and Jealousy (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1916 Walls and Wallops (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1916 She Who Last Laughs (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1916 Sand, Scamps and Strategy (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1916 Loot and Love (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1916 A Villainous Villain (Short)
 1916 There and Back (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1916 Romance and Roughhouse (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1916 A Jealous Guy (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1916 The Man from Egypt (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1916/I Losing Weight (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1916 The Battler (Short)
 1916 More Money Than Manners (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1916 Out Ag'in, in Ag'in (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1916 Terry's Tea Party (Short)
 1916 Tubby Turns the Tables (Short) (as Lawrence Semon)
 1915 The Baby and the Boss (Short)
Show Show Writer (121 credits)
Show Show Actor (122 credits)
Show Show Producer (31 credits)
Show Show Costume and Wardrobe Department (1 credit)
Show Show Editor (1 credit)
Show Show Self (5 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (14 credits)

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Alternate Names:

Lawrence Semon | Zigoto

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Trivia:

In scores of short films, Semon rivaled Charles Chaplin in comic popularity during the early 1920s. He directed The Wizard of Oz (1925), one of his very few feature-length films, in which he played the Scarecrow with Oliver Hardy as the Tin Man. He married his leading lady, Dorothy Dwan, who played Dorothy, just before the film's release. Unfortunately, it was not a success and effectively killed... See more »

Nickname:

Ridolini

Star Sign:

Cancer

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