Stars of Slapstick #34: Harry McCoy
This is one in a series of posts we are producing in connection with our new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, available from Bear Manor Media in February 2013.
Today is the birthday of Harry McCoy (1889-1937). After nearly a decade performing in stock companies and vaudeville, the Philadelphia native went to Hollywood in 1912 and performed in comedies for the Joker, Selig and American studios. 1913-17 were spent at Keystone and Keystone-Triangle. Then he bounced around between vaudeville and various studios as a performer, writer and director, returning to Sennett as a staff writer 1927-1932. He had just begun working for Walt Disney when he was felled by a heart attack in 1937.
To find out more about the variety arts past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, to be released by Bear Manor Media in 2013.