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Mack Sennett
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Born
Michael Sinnott

(1880-01-17)January 17, 1880
Richmond, Quebec, Canada
Died November 5, 1960(1960-11-05) (aged 80)
Occupation Actor, director, producer, screenwriter, presenter, composer, cinematographer
Years active 1908–1949

Mack Sennett (born Michael Sinnott; January 17, 1880 – November 5, 1960) was a Canadian-American film actor, director, and producer, and studio head, known as the King of Comedy.

Born in Canada, he started in films in the Biograph company of New York, and later opened Keystone Studios in Edendale, California in 1912. It was the first fully enclosed film stage, and Sennett became famous as the originator of slapstick routines such as pie-throwing and car-chases, as seen in the Keystone Cops films. He also produced short features that displayed his Bathing Beauties, many of whom went on to develop successful acting careers.

Sennett's work in sound-movies was less successful and he was bankrupted in 1933. He was presented with an honorary Academy Award for his contribution to film comedy.

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