Harold Lloyd Jr.

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Harold Lloyd Jr.
Flaming Urge.jpg
Harold Lloyd Jr. in The Flaming Urge
BornHarold Clayton Lloyd, Jr.
(1931-01-25)January 25, 1931
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
DiedJune 9, 1971(1971-06-09) (aged 40)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Cerebral hemorrhage
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1950-65
 
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Harold Lloyd Jr.
Flaming Urge.jpg
Harold Lloyd Jr. in The Flaming Urge
BornHarold Clayton Lloyd, Jr.
(1931-01-25)January 25, 1931
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
DiedJune 9, 1971(1971-06-09) (aged 40)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Cerebral hemorrhage
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1950-65

Harold Clayton Lloyd, Jr. (January 25, 1931 – June 9, 1971) was an American actor and singer.

Career[edit]

The second child and only son of the silent film comedian Harold Lloyd and actress Mildred Davis, Lloyd made several B-movies in the 1950s and '60s, including The Flaming Urge (1953) (his only starring role) and Frankenstein's Daughter (1958). He was also given production roles in the compilations of his father's films, released in the early 1960s. As a singer he performed in several films, had moderate successes in cabaret in Hollywood and elsewhere, and released an album of romantic ballads in 1965 entitled Intimate Style.

Personal life[edit]

As Harold Lloyd Sr.'s biographer Tom Dardis points out, Lloyd (known as 'Dukey' to his family) found it very difficult to live in the shadow of his very famous father, and was alcoholic from his twenties onward.[1] He was also gay at a time when it was considered socially unacceptable. To Lloyd Sr.'s credit, Dardis notes that he was very mature and understanding about his son's sexuality, all the more so given Lloyd's tendency to acquaint with violent lovers. Consequentially the younger Lloyd often returned to Greenacres, the family estate, battered and bruised after his encounters. His father's tolerance had its limits however, and (in not an uncommon view at the time) Lloyd Sr. blamed his own absences during his son's childhood for his sexuality.[2] In 1953 he was briefly engaged to the Chilean actress Marina Cisternas. He had a home in Palm Springs, California, and was friends with Tab Hunter.[3]

Lloyd suffered a massive stroke in 1965 from which he never fully recovered. He died on June 9, 1971. He was aged 40, and had outlived his father by 93 days. He was interred with his parents in a crypt in the Great Mausoleum's Begonia Corridor at Glendale Forest Lawn Cemetery.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dardis, Tom (1983). Harold Lloyd: The Man on the Clock. Viking. ISBN 0-14-007555-0.
  2. ^ Lambro, Phillip (2007) Close Encounters of the Worst Kind. Lulu.com ISBN 978-1-4303-0401-2
  3. ^ Wallace, David (2008). A City Comes Out. Fort Lee, NJ: Barricade. p. 97. ISBN 978-1569803493. LCCN 2008022210. OCLC 209646547. 

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