Harold Lloyd

Harold Lloyd


4/20/1893, Burchard, Nebraska USA



Birth Name

Harold Clayton Lloyd


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Harold Clayton Lloyd was born in Burchard, Nebraska, on April 20, 1893, the younger son of Elizabeth Fraser and James Darsie Lloyd (nicknamed "Foxy"). The Lloyd's elder son, Gaylord, was born in 1888. During Harold's childhood, the Lloyd family frequently moved from city to city, in search of…more


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    • Harold did two compilations of his work for theaters, World Of Comedy (1962) and The Funny Side Of Life (1963).

    • Harold bred and raised Great Danes as a hobby.

    • Harold's nude photography was featured in the 2004 book Harold Lloyd's Hollywood Nudes in 3D!

    • Harold's granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd Hayes, sued the Walt Disney Company in 2000 for the 1998 picture The Waterboy, saying it was a direct rip-off of Harold's film The Freshman (1925). The case was dismissed in 2002.

    • Harold's brother-in-law, Dr. Jack Davis, who diagnosed him with cancer, was also a star having appeared in the Our Gang shorts featuring "The Little Rascals."

    • Harold owned all but two films of his made in 1922 and before; however, most of the films he made until 1920 were lost in a fire at his personal vault in 1943.

    • Harold was a hi-fi enthusiast and collected records, with regular orders of record labels entire catalogs, giving him an enormous collection, bigger than many record stores.

    • Harold turned down the stage role of Elwood P. Dowd, in Harvey, a role made famous by James Stewart in the 1948 film version.

    • Harold's first pair of horn-rim glasses cost him 75 cents and lasted him a year and a half; whenever they were damaged by wear and tear he would try to patch them with spirit gum and paste. When they started totally falling apart, he sent them with a check to the Optical Products Corporation to be duplicated, but they sent Lloyd the check back and included in the package twenty pairs of frames. His advertising the frames not only helped Optical Products but also made wearing glasses fashionable.

    • Harold had two children with his wife Mildred: Gloria and Harold Jr., and adopted another, Peggy.

    • Harold was featured on a commemorative postage stamp from the U.S. Postal Service released on April 27, 1994.

    • Harold's "Glasses" character was the later inspiration for the Clark Kent identity of Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

    • Harold earned on average $1,500,000 per film he made in the 1920s.

    • Harold's mansion, Greenacres, built during 1926–1929, has 44 rooms, 26 bathrooms, 12 fountains, 12 gardens, and a nine hole golf course. It has been used as a filming location in movies such as The Loved One (1965) and Westworld (1973).

    • Harold published his autobiography, An American Comedy, in 1928.

    • Harold was a founding member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    • Harold did a magazine ad for the Stereo-Realist brand 3-D Camera in 1949.

    • Harold was the Grand Marshal of the Tournament Of Roses Parade on January 1, 1935.

    • Harold was given an Honorary Oscar in 1951 for being "a master comedian and good citizen."

    • Harold has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for acting and directing, at 1501 Vine Street and at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Harold was 5 feet 10 inches tall.

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