This Day in Jewish History, 1928 Larry Semon, Daredevil Comedian, Dazzles Hollywood, Then May Have Died

Some suspected the debt-laden actor-director faked illness and death in order to evade creditors, but he never was seen in public again.

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On October 8, 1928, Larry Semon, briefly a superstar actor, producer and director during Hollywood’s silent era, died, at the age of 39. Semon was a shooting star, whose fall was nearly as quick as his ascent.