~Larry Semon~

Born: July 16, 1889 in West Point, Mississippi, USA
Died: October 8, 1928 in Gracelon Ranch, CA, USA
~Photograph from "School Days," 1920~
~Biography~
Director and actor Larry Semon was among the most popular and highly paid comedians in
American silent films. His father was Zera the Great, a professional magician. Semon came to film in
1916 after working as a cartoonist for the New York Sun. Hired by Vitagraph as a writer and director
of comedy shorts, he began staffing his one and two-reelers by 1917. Playing a pasty-faced, baggy
pants-wearing idiot, he gained an international reputation and at his peak rivaled the popularity of
Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd. His films frequently co-starred Oliver Hardy (usually cast as the
heavy) and starlets Lucille Carlisle and Dorothy Dwan, each of whom Semon married. Due to his
consistent disregard for strict production budgets, Vitagraph fired Semon in 1922. He went on to
make a few big-budget, feature-length films, but they were relatively unsuccessful. In 1927, he tried
to revitalize his flagging career by playing a serious part in Von Sternberg's drama Underworld, but
was again unsuccessful. Semons died in March the following year after suffering from pneumonia.

Biography by Sandra Brennan, AllMovie.com
~Silent Filmography~
~Actor~

A Simple Sap (1928) .... It
Dummies (1928) .... The Entertainer
Oh, What a Man! (1927) .... The Detective
The Stunt Man (1927) .... Larry
Underworld (1927) .... 'Slippy' Lewis
... aka Paying the Penalty (UK)
Spuds (1927) .... Spuds
Stop, Look and Listen (1926) .... Luther Meek
The Perfect Clown (1925) .... Bert Larry
The Cloudhopper (1925) .... Borden Rhoom and Getz A. Bunn
... aka A Weak-End Driver (USA: reissue title)
The Dome Doctor (1925) .... Peter Pep
The Wizard of Oz (1925) .... Toymaker/Farmhand
My Best Girl (1925)
Kid Speed (1924) .... The Speed Kid
... aka The Four Wheel Terror (USA)
... aka The Four Wheeled Terror (UK)
Her Boy Friend (1924) .... Larry, the Chief's son
The Girl in the Limousine (1924) .... Tony
Trouble Brewing (1924) .... Government agent
Horseshoes (1923) .... Larry
Lightning Love (1923) .... Larry, a Suitor
The Gown Shop (1923) .... Larry, a salesman
The Busher (1923)
The Midnight Cabaret (1923) .... Larry, a Waiter
The Barnyard (1923) .... Lay Zee, Farm Hand
No Wedding Bells (1923) .... Larry
The Counter Jumper (1922) .... Larry, the Counter Jumper
The Agent (1922) .... Federal Agent
Golf (1922) .... The son
A Pair of Kings (1922) .... King August/Stranger
The Show (1922/II) .... The Prop Man/Gentle Onlooker
The Sawmill (1922) .... The dumb-bell
The Bell Hop (1921) .... The bellhop
The Fall Guy (1921) .... Larry, the Fall Guy
The Rent Collector (1921) .... Larry, the Rent Collector
The Bakery (1921) .... Larry, a Bakery Clerk
The Hick (1921) .... Larry, the Hick
The Sportsman (1921) .... The Sportsman
The Suitor (1920) .... The Suitor
The Stage Hand (1920) .... The Stage Hand
Solid Concrete (1920) .... The Boob
School Days (1920)
The Fly Cop (1920) .... The Fly Cop

The Grocery Clerk (1919) .... The Grocery Clerk
The Head Waiter (1919) .... The Head Waiter
Dew Drop Inn (1919) .... Larry, the Detective
Dull Care (1919) .... Larry, a Detective
... aka The Sleuth (USA)
Between the Acts (1919) .... Larry, the Handy Man and a Drunkard
The Simple Life (1919) .... A Farmer's Boy
His Home Sweet Home (1919) .... The Husband
The Star Boarder (1919) .... Star Boarder and Little Joe, Escaped Convict
Her First False Hare (1919) (unconfirmed)
Passing the Buck (1919) .... The House Detective
Well, I'll Be (1919) .... The Sheriff
Scamps and Scandals (1919) .... Larry
Traps and Tangles (1919) .... Detective Sparks
Pluck and Plotters (1918) .... The Janitor
Humbugs and Husbands (1918) .... Larry
Frauds and Frenzies (1918) .... Larry, First Prisoner
Bears and Bad Men (1918) .... Larry Cutshaw
Huns and Hyphens (1918) .... Larry
Mutts and Motors (1918) .... Larry
Dunces and Dangers (1918) .... Larry
Bathing Beauties and Big Boobs (1918) .... Lawrence
... aka Big Boobs and Bathing Beauties (USA: copyright title)
Hindoos and Hazards (1918) .... Larry
Boodle and Bandits (1918) .... Lightning Larry
Skids and Scalawags (1918) .... Rollo
Romans and Rascals (1918) .... Caesar / A Minstrel
Spies and Spills (1918) .... Larry
Whistles and Windows (1918) .... Oswald
Rummies and Razors (1918)
Stripes and Stumbles (1918) .... Larry
Meddlers and Moonshiners (1918)
Rooms and Rumors (1918) .... I.M. Insensible
Babes and Boobs (1918)
... aka Babes and Bombs (USA)
Guns and Greasers (1918) .... Simp
Noisy Naggers and Nosey Neighbors (1917) .... Larry
Spooks and Spasms (1917) .... Larry
Rough Toughs and Roof Tops (1917) .... The Janitor
... aka Rooftops and Ruffians (USA)
Tough Luck and Tin Lizzies (1917) .... Larry
Sports and Splashes (1917) .... The Luckless One
Plagues and Puppy Love (1917) .... Larry
Plans and Pajamas (1917) .... The Idler
Risks and Roughnecks (1917) (as Lawrence Semon) .... Our Hero
Slips and Slackers (1917) .... The Slacker
Gall and Golf (1917) .... O.U. Dubb
Chumps and Chances (1917) .... Harold
Shells and Shivers (1917) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Worries and Wobbles (1917) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Boasts and Boldness (1917) .... Villain
Gall and Gasoline (1917)
Hazards and Home Runs (1917) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Dubs and Drygoods (1917) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Turks and Troubles (1917) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Bombs and Blunders (1917) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Footlights and Fakers (1917) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Pests and Promises (1917)
Guff and Gunplay (1917) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Cops and Cussedness (1917) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
He Never Touched Me (1917) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Rips and Rushes (1917) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Somewhere in Any Place (1917) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Big Bluffs and Bowling Balls (1917) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Jolts and Jewelry (1917) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Bullies and Bullets (1917) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
... aka Bears and Bullets (USA)
Speed and Spunk (1917) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Shanks and Chivalry (1916) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Help! Help! Help! (1916) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Rah! Rah! Rah! (1916) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
His Conscious Conscience (1916) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Jumps and Jealousy (1916) (uncredited) (unconfirmed) .... Undetermined Role
Walls and Wallops (1916) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
She Who Last Laughs (1916) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Sand, Scamps and Strategy (1916) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Love and Loot (1916) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
... aka An Amateur at Heart (USA: new title)
... aka Loot and Love (USA: new title)
A Villainous Villain (1916) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
There and Back (1916) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Romance and Roughhouse (1916) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
A Jealous Guy (1916) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
The Man from Egypt (1916) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Losing Weight (1916/I) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
The Battler (1916) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
More Money Than Manners (1916) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Terry's Tea Party (1916) (as Lawrence Semon) .... The Valet
Tubby Turns the Tables (1916) (unconfirmed) (uncredited)

~Director~

A Simple Sap (1928)
Dummies (1928)
Oh, What a Man! (1927)
The Stunt Man (1927)
A Dozen Socks (1927) (uncredited)
The Plumber's Daughter (1927)
Pass the Dumplings (1927)
Stop, Look and Listen (1926)
The Cloudhopper (1925)
... aka A Weak-End Driver (USA: reissue title)
The Dome Doctor (1925)
The Wizard of Oz (1925)
My Best Girl (1925)
Kid Speed (1924)
... aka The Four Wheel Terror (USA)
... aka The Four Wheeled Terror (UK)
Her Boy Friend (1924)
The Girl in the Limousine (1924)
Trouble Brewing (1924)
Horseshoes (1923)
Lightning Love (1923)
The Gown Shop (1923)
The Midnight Cabaret (1923)
The Barnyard (1923)
No Wedding Bells (1923)
The Counter Jumper (1922)
The Agent (1922)
Golf (1922)
A Pair of Kings (1922)
The Show (1922/II)
The Sawmill (1922)
The Bell Hop (1921)
The Fall Guy (1921)
The Rent Collector (1921)
The Bakery (1921)
The Hick (1921)
The Sportsman (1921)
The Suitor (1920)
The Stage Hand (1920)
Solid Concrete (1920)
School Days (1920)
The Fly Cop (1920)

The Grocery Clerk (1919)
The Head Waiter (1919)
Dew Drop Inn (1919) (as Lawrence Semon)
Dull Care (1919) (as Lawrence Semon)
... aka The Sleuth (USA)
Between the Acts (1919) (as Lawrence Semon)
The Simple Life (1919) (as Lawrence Semon)
His Home Sweet Home (1919) (as Lawrence Semon)
The Star Boarder (1919) (as Lawrence Semon)
Passing the Buck (1919) (as Lawrence Semon)
Well, I'll Be (1919) (as Lawrence Semon)
Scamps and Scandals (1919) (as Lawrence Semon)
Traps and Tangles (1919) (as Lawrence Semon)
Pluck and Plotters (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
Humbugs and Husbands (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
Frauds and Frenzies (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
Bears and Bad Men (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
Huns and Hyphens (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
Mutts and Motors (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
Dunces and Dangers (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
Bathing Beauties and Big Boobs (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
... aka Big Boobs and Bathing Beauties (USA: copyright title)
Hindoos and Hazards (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
Boodle and Bandits (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
Skids and Scalawags (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
Romans and Rascals (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
Spies and Spills (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
Whistles and Windows (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
Rummies and Razors (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
Stripes and Stumbles (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
Meddlers and Moonshiners (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
Rooms and Rumors (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
Babes and Boobs (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
... aka Babes and Bombs (USA)
Guns and Greasers (1918) (as Lawrence Semon)
Noisy Naggers and Nosey Neighbors (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Spooks and Spasms (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Rough Toughs and Roof Tops (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
... aka Rooftops and Ruffians (USA)
Tough Luck and Tin Lizzies (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Sports and Splashes (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Plagues and Puppy Love (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Plans and Pajamas (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Risks and Roughnecks (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Slips and Slackers (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Gall and Golf (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Chumps and Chances (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Shells and Shivers (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Worries and Wobbles (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Boasts and Boldness (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Gall and Gasoline (1917)
Hazards and Home Runs (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Dubs and Drygoods (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Flatheads and Flivvers (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
... aka Slop Heads and Slivers (USA)
Turks and Troubles (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Bombs and Blunders (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Footlights and Fakers (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Pests and Promises (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Guff and Gunplay (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Masks and Mishaps (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Cops and Cussedness (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
He Never Touched Me (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Rips and Rushes (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Somewhere in Any Place (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Big Bluffs and Bowling Balls (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Jolts and Jewelry (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Bullies and Bullets (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
... aka Bears and Bullets (USA)
Captain Jinks' Dilemma (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Captain Jinks' Nephew's Wife (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Captain Jinks' Widow (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Speed and Spunk (1917) (as Lawrence Semon)
Shanks and Chivalry (1916) (as Lawrence Semon)
Help! Help! Help! (1916) (as Lawrence Semon)
Rah! Rah! Rah! (1916) (as Lawrence Semon)
Captain Jinks' Evolution (1916) (as Lawrence Semon)
Hash and Havoc (1916) (as Lawrence Semon)
His Conscious Conscience (1916) (as Lawrence Semon)
Jumps and Jealousy (1916) (as Lawrence Semon)
Walls and Wallops (1916) (as Lawrence Semon)
She Who Last Laughs (1916) (as Lawrence Semon)
Sand, Scamps and Strategy (1916) (as Lawrence Semon)
Love and Loot (1916) (as Lawrence Semon)
... aka An Amateur at Heart (USA: new title)
... aka Loot and Love (USA: new title)
A Villainous Villain (1916)
There and Back (1916) (as Lawrence Semon)
Romance and Roughhouse (1916) (as Lawrence Semon)
A Jealous Guy (1916) (as Lawrence Semon)
The Man from Egypt (1916) (as Lawrence Semon)
Losing Weight (1916/I) (as Lawrence Semon)
The Battler (1916)
More Money Than Manners (1916) (as Lawrence Semon)
Out Ag'in, in Ag'in (1916) (as Lawrence Semon)
Terry's Tea Party (1916)
Tubby Turns the Tables (1916) (as Lawrence Semon)
Bringing Up Father (1915)

~Writer~

A Simple Sap (1928) (writer)
Dummies (1928) (writer)
Oh, What a Man! (1927) (writer)
The Stunt Man (1927) (writer)
Special Delivery (1927) (uncredited)
A Dozen Socks (1927) (scenario)
Stop, Look and Listen (1926) (scenario)
The Cloudhopper (1925) (writer)
... aka A Weak-End Driver (USA: reissue title)
The Dome Doctor (1925) (scenario)
The Wizard of Oz (1925) (adaptation)
Kid Speed (1924) (writer)
... aka The Four Wheel Terror (USA)
... aka The Four Wheeled Terror (UK)
Her Boy Friend (1924) (writer)
Trouble Brewing (1924) (story)
Horseshoes (1923) (story)
Lightning Love (1923) (story)
The Gown Shop (1923) (writer)
The Midnight Cabaret (1923) (writer)
The Barnyard (1923) (story)
No Wedding Bells (1923) (story)
The Counter Jumper (1922) (story)
The Agent (1922) (story)
Golf (1922) (writer)
A Pair of Kings (1922) (writer)
The Show (1922/II) (story)
The Sawmill (1922) (story)
The Bell Hop (1921) (story)
The Fall Guy (1921) (story)
The Rent Collector (1921) (writer)
The Bakery (1921) (writer)
The Hick (1921) (writer)
The Sportsman (1921) (scenario) (story)
The Suitor (1920) (story)
The Stage Hand (1920) (writer)
Solid Concrete (1920) (scenario)
School Days (1920) (writer)

The Grocery Clerk (1919) (writer)
The Head Waiter (1919) (writer)
Dew Drop Inn (1919) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Dull Care (1919) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
... aka The Sleuth (USA)
Between the Acts (1919) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
The Simple Life (1919) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
His Home Sweet Home (1919) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
The Star Boarder (1919) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Passing the Buck (1919) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Well, I'll Be (1919) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Scamps and Scandals (1919) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Traps and Tangles (1919) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Pluck and Plotters (1918) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Humbugs and Husbands (1918) (writer) (as Lawrence Semon)
Frauds and Frenzies (1918) (writer) (as Lawrence Semon)
Bears and Bad Men (1918) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Huns and Hyphens (1918) (story) (as Lawrence Semon)
Mutts and Motors (1918) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Dunces and Dangers (1918) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Bathing Beauties and Big Boobs (1918) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
... aka Big Boobs and Bathing Beauties (USA: copyright title)
Hindoos and Hazards (1918) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Boodle and Bandits (1918) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Skids and Scalawags (1918) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Romans and Rascals (1918) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Spies and Spills (1918) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Whistles and Windows (1918) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Rummies and Razors (1918) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Stripes and Stumbles (1918) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Meddlers and Moonshiners (1918) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Rooms and Rumors (1918) (writer) (as Lawrence Semon)
Babes and Boobs (1918) (writer) (as Lawrence Semon)
... aka Babes and Bombs (USA)
Guns and Greasers (1918) (writer) (as Lawrence Semon)
Noisy Naggers and Nosey Neighbors (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Spooks and Spasms (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Rough Toughs and Roof Tops (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
... aka Rooftops and Ruffians (USA)
Tough Luck and Tin Lizzies (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Sports and Splashes (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Risks and Roughnecks (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Slips and Slackers (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Gall and Golf (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Chumps and Chances (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Shells and Shivers (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Worries and Wobbles (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Boasts and Boldness (1917) (writer) (as Lawrence Semon)
Hazards and Home Runs (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Dubs and Drygoods (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Flatheads and Flivvers (1917) (writer) (as Lawrence Semon)
... aka Slop Heads and Slivers (USA)
Turks and Troubles (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Bombs and Blunders (1917) (writer) (as Lawrence Semon)
Footlights and Fakers (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Pests and Promises (1917) (scenario)
Guff and Gunplay (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Masks and Mishaps (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Cops and Cussedness (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
He Never Touched Me (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Rips and Rushes (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Somewhere in Any Place (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Big Bluffs and Bowling Balls (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Jolts and Jewelry (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Bullies and Bullets (1917) (writer) (as Lawrence Semon)
... aka Bears and Bullets (USA)
Captain Jinks' Dilemma (1917) (writer)
Captain Jinks' Nephew's Wife (1917) (writer)
Captain Jinks' Widow (1917) (writer)
Speed and Spunk (1917) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Shanks and Chivalry (1916) (writer) (as Lawrence Semon)
Help! Help! Help! (1916) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Rah! Rah! Rah! (1916) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Hash and Havoc (1916) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
His Conscious Conscience (1916) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Taking the Honey Out of Honeymoon (1916) (scenario)
Jumps and Jealousy (1916) (writer) (as Lawrence Semon)
Walls and Wallops (1916) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
She Who Last Laughs (1916) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Sand, Scamps and Strategy (1916) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Love and Loot (1916) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
... aka An Amateur at Heart (USA: new title)
... aka Loot and Love (USA: new title)
A Villainous Villain (1916) (story)
There and Back (1916) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
Romance and Roughhouse (1916) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
A Jealous Guy (1916) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon)
The Man from Egypt (1916) (writer) (as Lawrence Semon)
Losing Weight (1916/I) (writer) (as Lawrence Semon)
The Battler (1916) (writer)
More Money Than Manners (1916) (scenario) (as Lawrence Semon) (story)
Terry's Tea Party (1916) (scenario)
Tubby Turns the Tables (1916) (story) (as Lawrence Semon)
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~Charles Chaplin with Larry
Semon (on left)~
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