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Name  Lloyd Bacon
Nationality  American
Role  Actor
Years active  1914–1955

Born  December 4, 1889 (1889-12-04) San Jose, California, U.S.
Resting place  Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills
Occupation  Director, actor, screenwriter
Died  November 15, 1955, Burbank, California, United States
Spouse  Ruby Bacon (m. 1912), Nadine Coughlin
Parents  Jane Jennie Weidman, Frank Bacon
Movies  42nd Street, Footlight Parade, Action in the North Atlantic, Marked Woman, The Oklahoma Kid
Similar People  Busby Berkeley, Ruby Keeler, Pat O'Brien, James Cagney, Dick Powell

Cause of death  Cerebral hemorrhage
Alma mater  Santa Clara University
Children  Betsey Bacon, Frank Bacon

In the Park 1915 CHARLIE CHAPLIN, Edna Purviance, Leo White, Lloyd Bacon, Bud Jamison

Lloyd Francis Bacon (December 4, 1889 – November 15, 1955) was an American screen, stage and vaudeville actor and film director. As a director he made films in virtually all genres, including westerns, musicals, comedies, gangster films, and crime dramas. He was one of the directors at Warner Bros. in the 1930s who helped give that studio its reputation for gritty, fast-paced "torn from the headlines" action films.


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Early life

Bacon was born on December 4, 1889 in San Jose, California, the son of actor Frank Bacon.

Later the co-author and star of the long-running Broadway show Lightnin' (1918), and Jennie (Weidman) Bacon (he was not, contrary to some accounts, related to actor Irving Bacon, although he did direct him in a number of his films). Bacon attended Santa Clara University, and would later include highlights from the Bronco Football program in the end of his famous film, Knute Rockne, All American.


Bacon started in films as an actor with Charlie Chaplin and Broncho Billy Anderson and appeared in more than 40 total. As an actor, he is best known for supporting Chaplin in such films as 1915's The Tramp and The Champion and 1917's Easy Street.

He later became a director and directed over 100 films between 1920 and 1955. He is best known as director of such classics as 1933's 42nd Street and Footlight Parade, 1937's Ever Since Eve (from a screenplay by playwright Lawrence Riley et al.), 1938's A Slight Case of Murder with Edward G. Robinson, 1939's Invisible Stripes with George Raft and Humphrey Bogart, 1939's The Oklahoma Kid with James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart, 1940's Knute Rockne, All American with Pat O'Brien and Ronald Reagan (as "the Gipper"), 1943's Action in the North Atlantic with Humphrey Bogart, and 1944's The Fighting Sullivans with Anne Baxter and Thomas Mitchell. He also directed Wake Up and Dream (1946).


Bacon died on November 15, 1955 of a cerebral hemorrhage. At the time of his death, he was survived by his two ex-wives, son, Frank (1937–2009) and daughter, Betsey.

Partial filmography as actor

  • The Champion (1915)
  • A Jitney Elopement (1915)
  • The Tramp (1915)
  • The Floorwalker (1916)
  • The Fireman (1916)
  • The Vagabond (1916)
  • Behind the Screen (1916)
  • The Rink (1916)
  • Easy Street (1917)
  • Square Deal Sanderson (1919)
  • Wagon Tracks (1919)
  • The House of Intrigue (1919)
  • The Feud (1919)
  • The Midlanders (1920)
  • Smudge (1922)
  • Partial filmography as director

  • 42nd Street (1933)
  • Footlight Parade (1933)
  • Cain and Mabel (1936)
  • Ever Since Eve (1937)
  • A Slight Case of Murder (1938)
  • The Oklahoma Kid (1939)
  • Brother Orchid (1940)
  • Knute Rockne, All American (1940)
  • Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
  • The Fighting Sullivans (1944)
  • Wake Up and Dream (1946)
  • Golden Girl (1951)
  • The French Line (1954)
  • References

    Lloyd Bacon Wikipedia