Carter DeHaven was born Francis O'Callaghan in October 1885 in Chicago. He got his first shot at acting in vaudeville in 1915. Eventually he went on to make his own shorts, one in 1927 called "Character Studies" showed him "quick-changing" into Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, among others.
In the 1930s, DeHaven found himself working with another silent film legend, Charlie Chaplin. DeHaven was assistant director on "Modern Times" and assistant producer on "The Great Dictator."
DeHaven married actress Flora Parker DeHaven and their daughter Gloria DeHaven made her film debut in "Modern Times" at the ripe old age of 9.