Harold Lloyd (April 20, 1893-March 8, 1971) was an American actor and film maker, most famous for his hugely successful and influential silent film comedies.
Harold Lloyd ranks alongside Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton as one of the most popular and influential film comedians of the silent film era. Lloyd made nearly 200 comedy films, both silent and sound, between 1914 and 1947. He is best known for his "Glasses Character", a resourceful, success-seeking go-getter who was perfectly in tune with 1920s era America.
His films frequently contained "thrill sequences" of extended chase scenes and daredevil physical feats, for which he is best remembered today. The image of Lloyd hanging from the hands of a clock high above the street in Safety Last (1923) is one of the most enduring images in all of cinema. Lloyd did many of these dangerous stunts himself, despite having severely injured himself in a 1919 accident with a prop bomb that resulted in the loss of the thumb and index finger of his right hand (the injury was disguised on film with the use of a special prosthetic glove). Film makers Peter Farrely and Bobby Farrely used his name to create two different names for the characters Harry Dunn and Lloyd Christmas in the comedy Dumb & Dumber.