Edward Sedgwick

Edward Sedgwick
MGM

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Edward Sedgwick
Film: North side of the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actor | Comedian | Director | Producer | Writer
Born Nov. 7, 1892 in Galveston, Texas
Died May 7, 1953 of heart attack in North Hollywood, CA

Edward Sedgwick was one of the most interesting characters in the screen industry. He had been a vaudeville star, newspaperman, army officer, film comedian, scenarist and director. He developed Hoot Gibson as a western star by mixing comedy with thrills. His 1927 film "Slide, Kelly, Slide," was one of the hits that launched William Haines to stardom.

Sedgwick first found success as a comedian in 1915 and then moved to directing. In the late 1920s, he signed a contract with MGM and went on to direct movies primarily featuring the famed silent film actor Buster Keaton.

In 1928, they made their first picture — "The Cameraman." Over the next five years they made 10 films — the last, "What! No Beer?," in 1933.

After collaborating with Keaton, Sedgwick went on to make films such as "The Poor Rich" with Edward Everett Horton, "Mister Cinderella" with Jack Haley and Betty Furness, "The Gladiator" with Joe E. Brown and "I Love Lucy" with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

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