Stars of Slapstick #81: Andy Clyde

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Today is the birthday of Andy Clyde (1892-1967). Best known to modern audiences from roles on Lassie and The Real McCoys, Clyde was a second general Scottish actor (his father was actor/ manager John Clyde) he came to the U.S. in 1921 to be a comedian with Mack Sennett at the invitation of his friend Jimmy Finlayson. He became best known for playing crusty, rural old men (long before he actually was one), and had his own popular starring comedy short series with Sennett well into the era of talkies. (In fact he was one of Sennett’s last major stars). When Sennett folded in 1934, Clyde went over to Columbia. He was also a character actor in feature films (notably as a sidekick to Hopalong Cassidy), and, as we said, a television actor.

Here he is with Henry Gribbon in the 1932 Sennett comedy short Ghost Parade:

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