John Compson
Date of Birth
Jan 01, 1868

Biography

Arguably American film's first recognizable comedian, John Compson began his career in pictures with the legendary Biograph company in New York around 1908. Predating both Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand at Biograph, Compson had some success with a character named Jones, a sort of pre-1910 sitcom character, but farce was not highly regarded at Biograph or, in fact, anywhere else at the time and he...