Larry Semon
Date of Birth
Jul 06, 1889
Birth Place:
West Point, MS


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...