Born: June 4, 1884 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA
Died: December 22, 1944 in Los Angeles, CA, USA
|~The Los Angeles Times, 1944~
Harry Langdon ran away with a traveling medicine show in 1897 at age 13 and never looked back. He
played carnivals, circuses and tent shows, learning why people laugh. When he tried vaudeville and
musical comedy his acts "clicked" at once. He considered "John's New Car" his most successful stage
The "goo-goo-eyed" comedian entered films in 1923, the golden age of the silent screen. A year later,
he was a star in Mack Sennett two-reel comedies. His contract with Pathe Exchange Inc. for
productions to be made under Harry Langdon Productions was reported to provide a $1 million
payment for two years' services.
Later, he made six feature-length films for First National, costarring in one with Joan Crawford.
Footlights again called. He returned to vaudeville for a period.
Back in Hollywood, he signed with Hal Roach for a "talkie." After his contract ran out, he alternated
between feature pictures and short comedies. Late in his career, he had a commitment with Columbia
Pictures to star in several short comedies. One of his last was a burlesque western with El Brendel.
Langdon's marital life became as turbulent as his film dilemmas. Rose Francis Langdon, who had
trouped with him as a vaudeville team, divorced him in 1928 after 25 years of marriage.
In July 1930, a year after his marriage to former model and actress Helen Walton, her former
husband, Thomas J. O'Brien, sued Langdon for payment of notes for $11,500 given by the comic to
settle a threatened suit for $250,000 for alienation of the former Mrs. O'Brien's affections.
Langdon was married a third time to Mabel Georgena Sheldon in 1934.
— Los Angeles Times June 23, 1944
Heart Trouble (1928/I) .... Harry Van Housen
The Chaser (1928) .... The Husband
Fiddlesticks (1927/I) .... Harry Hogan
Three's a Crowd (1927) .... The Odd Fellow
His First Flame (1927) .... Harry Howells
Long Pants (1927) .... Harry Shelby
The Strong Man (1926) .... Paul Bergot
Ella Cinders (1926) (uncredited) .... Harry Langdon
Soldier Man (1926) .... The Soldier/King Strudel
Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (1926) .... Harry Logan
Saturday Afternoon (1926) .... Harry Higgins
There He Goes (1925)
Lucky Stars (1925) .... Harry Lamb
The White Wing's Bride (1925)
Horace Greeley, Jr. (1925)
Remember When? (1925) .... Harry Hudson
Plain Clothes (1925) .... The Boy
Giddap (1925) (uncredited) (unconfirmed) .... Cameo Appearance
Boobs in the Wood (1925) .... The Boy, Chester Winfield
... aka Boobs in the Woods (USA)
His Marriage Wow (1925) .... The Groom - Harold Hope
The Sea Squawk (1925) .... An Immigrant
Feet of Mud (1924) .... The Boy, Harry Holdem
All Night Long (1924) .... The Boy (Harry Hall)
The Hansom Cabman (1924) .... Harry Doolittle
... aka Be Careful
The Luck o' the Foolish (1924) .... The Boy
The First 100 Years (1924) .... A Newly-Wed
His New Mamma (1924) .... A Farmer Boy
The Cat's Meow (1924)
Flickering Youth (1924)
Shanghaied Lovers (1924)
Scarem Much (1924) (uncredited) .... Extra
Smile Please (1924) .... The Hero
Picking Peaches (1924) .... A Shoe Clerk