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Harold Lloyd: A Golden Era Comedian.


The first movie I ever saw Harold Lloyd on TV was his famous clock hanging scene ,from that day on as a kid I was fascinated by him and his movies. Harold Lloyd was a part of the Golden Era of Silent Movies and beyond to talkies.

Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (Episode 1)

As an actor, comedian, stuntman, writer, director and producer, Lloyd made nearly 200 films between 1914 and 1947. He was a pioneer in the use of thrill sequences, daredevil physical feats, innovative camera angles, color in film and 3D photography. These tremendous accomplishments, along with the universal appeal of his stories, makes Harold Lloyd and his antics a natural for animation. Dave Rosenbaum, Cinesite’s Chief Creative Officer, Eamonn Butler, Cinesite’s Executive Animation Director and Suzanne Lloyd, granddaughter of Harold Lloyd and the owner of his film library, will collaborate on the adaptations. “Today’s films and filmmakers stand on the shoulders of Harold Lloyd with his innovations and unparalleled sense of story, camera and comedy,” said Rosenbaum. “It is an honor to work with Suzanne and the Harold Lloyd Estate.” “By donning unassuming glasses, Harold Lloyd became the boy next door everyone could relate to and he shot to stardom to enchant and entertain generations of film fans,” says Suzanne Lloyd. “I appreciate the opportunity to work with Dave Rosenbaum, Eamonn Butler and all the talented people at Cinesite to bring Harold’s comedy genius to the world in a new and innovative way. We need laughter now more than ever.” Prior to his death in 1971, Harold Lloyd reflected, “It’s amazing me to me that these comedies can still strike a responsive note of laughter with audiences of all ages and in all parts of the world. Laughter is the universal language. It establishes a common identity among people—regardless of other differences. It is the sweetest sound in the whole world.”

Harold Lloyd – This is Your Life.

Lloyd married his leading lady, Mildred Davis, on Saturday, February 10, 1923 in Los Angeles. They had two children together: Gloria Lloyd (1923-2012) and Harold Clayton Lloyd, Jr. They also adopted Gloria Freeman (1924—1986) in September 1930, whom they renamed Marjorie Elizabeth Lloyd but was known as “Peggy” for most of her life. Lloyd discouraged Davis from continuing her acting career. He later relented but by that time her career momentum was lost. Davis died from a heart attack in 1969, two years before Lloyd’s death. Though her real age was a guarded secret, a family spokesperson at the time indicated she was 66 years old. Lloyd’s son was gay and, according to Annette D’Agostino Lloyd (no relation) in the book Harold Lloyd: Master Comedian, Harold Sr. took this in good spirit. Harold Jr. died from complications of a stroke three months to the day after his father.



AFI’s 100 Years…100 Stars

AFI’s 100 Years…100 Stars

AFI 100 Years… series
1998 100 Movies
1999 100 Stars
2000 100 Laughs
2001 100 Thrills
2002 100 Passions
2003 100 Heroes & Villains
2004 100 Songs
2005 100 Movie Quotes
2005 25 Scores
2006 100 Cheers
2006 25 Musicals
2007 100 Movies (Updated)
2008 AFI’s 10 Top 10

Part of the AFI 100 Years… series, AFI’s 100 Years…100 Stars is a list of the top 50 greatest screen legends in American film history, which included 25 male and 25 female stars. The list was unveiled by the American Film Institute on June 15, 1999, in a CBS special hosted by Shirley Temple, with 50 current actors making the presentations.

The American Film Institute defined an “American screen legend” as an actor or a team of actors during the classic film era with a significant screen presence in American feature-length (40 min) films whose screen debut occurred in or before 1950, or whose screen debut occurred after 1950 but whose death has marked a completed body of work.

The top stars of their respective sexes are Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. They starred together in the classic adventure film The African Queen, for which Bogart won his only Oscar.

All actors and actresses are from the “Golden era of Hollywood” film production. Of the 54 stars listed, only 9 were alive at the time, namely Shirley Temple, Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Sophia Loren, and Sidney Poitier. As of 2017, only Kirk Douglas, Sidney Poitier, and Sophia Loren are still living.

List of 50 greatest screen legends: Top 25 Male and Top 25 Female stars[edit]

No Male legends Female legends
1 Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart 1940.jpg Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn promo pic.jpg
2 Cary Grant
Grant, Cary (Suspicion) 01 Crisco edit.jpg Bette Davis
Bette Davis - portrait.jpg
3 James Stewart
Annex - Stewart, James (Call Northside 777) 01.jpg Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn 1956.jpg
4 Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando 1948.jpg Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman - Gaslight 44.jpg
5 Fred Astaire
Astaire, Fred - Never Get Rich.jpg Greta Garbo
Garbo in Inspiration.jpg
6 Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda - USN.jpg Marilyn Monroe
Monroe 1953 publicity.jpg
7 Clark Gable
Gable, Clark 01.jpg Elizabeth Taylor
Studio publicity Elizabeth Taylor.jpg
8 James Cagney
James cagney promo photo.jpg Judy Garland
Judy Garland-publicity.JPG
9 Spencer Tracy
Spencer tracy state of the union.jpg Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich in No Highway (1951) (Cropped).png
10 Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin portrait.jpg Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford - 1936 - Hurrell.JPG
11 Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper 1936.jpg Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck - early still.JPG
12 Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck 1948.jpg Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert in I Cover the Waterfront 1.jpg
13 John Wayne
John Wayne 1940.jpg Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly MGM photo.jpg
14 Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier (1972).jpg Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers - 1940s.jpg
15 Gene Kelly
Gene kelly.jpg Mae West
Mae West LAT.jpg
16 Orson Welles
Orson Welles 1937.jpg Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh 1948.jpg
17 Kirk Douglas
(born 1916)
Kirk douglas photo signed.JPG Lillian Gish
Lillian Gish-edit1.jpg
18 James Dean
James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.jpg Shirley Temple
ShirleyTemple in 1944.jpg
19 Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster - publicity 1947.JPG Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth-publicity.JPG
20 Marx Brothers
Chico (1887–1961)
Harpo (1888–1964)
Groucho (1890–1977)
Gummo (1892–1977)
Zeppo (1901–1979)
Marx Brothers 1931.jpg Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall 1945 (cropped).jpg
21 Buster Keaton
Busterkeaton edit.jpg Sophia Loren
(born 1934)
Sophia Loren - 1959.jpg
22 Sidney Poitier
(born 1927)
Poitier cropped.jpg Jean Harlow
23 Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum 1949 (no signature).jpg Carole Lombard
Carole Lombard - Paramount.JPG
24 Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson - still.jpg Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford cph.3c17995u.jpg
25 William Holden
Holden-portrait.jpg Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner Show Boat 1951.jpg