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Harry Philmore Langdon (1884 - 1944)

Harry Philmore Langdon
Born in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 23 Nov 1904 (to 1928) in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United Statesmap
[children unknown]
Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 2 Jun 2018
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Biography

"Harry Philmore Langdon (June 15, 1884 – December 22, 1944) was an American comedian who appeared in vaudeville, silent films (where he had his greatest fame), and talkies. He was briefly partnered with Oliver Hardy.

Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Langdon began working in medicine shows and stock companies while in his teens.

In 1906, he entered vaudeville with his first wife, Rose Langdon. By 1915, he had developed a sketch named "Johnny's New Car," on which he performed variations in the years that followed.

In 1923, he joined Principal Pictures Corporation, a company headed by producer Sol Lesser. He eventually went to Keystone Studios, where he became a major star.

At the height of his film career, he was considered one of the four best comics of the silent film era.

[ Charlie Chaplin - Buster Keaton - Harold Lloyd - Harry Langdon ]

His screen character was that of a wide-eyed, childlike man with an innocent's understanding of the world and the people in it. He was a first-class pantomimist" (wikipedia excerpt).

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Spouse:

Frances Rose Musolf (1882-1962), married on 23 Nov 1904 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, until 1928.

Spouse:

Helen Russell Walton (1898- ), married in 1929, until 1932.

Step-daughter:

Virginia I. O'Brian-Langdon (1916– )

Spouse:

Mabel Georgena Sheldon (1906, England-2001), married on Feb 1934 in Pima, Arizona, USA, until his death in 1944.

Children:

Harry Philmore Langdon Jr., (16 Dec 1934 - ).

Sources

  • 1930 United States Federal Census
  • 1940 United States Federal Census
  • Arizona, County Marriage Records, 1865-1972
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books (152 Vols.)
  • U.S. City Directories
  • Variety, Obituary, December 27, 1944, page 39.
  • Harter, Chuck and Michael J. Hayde; Little Elf: A Celebration of Harry Langdon (BearManor Media, 2012).
  • The New York Times, Obituary, December 23, 1944.

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After a little work on Harry's immediate tree, I was able to connect to his great-grandparents lines firmly established in colonial New England, and well-filled-in all the way back into families of English aristocracy.

I found that Harry Langdon and I are eighth cousins once removed through our common Glasscock branch.

Harry is 17 degrees from Cecil B. DeMille, 24 degrees from Rosalie Neve and 17 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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