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.
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