Slim Summerville

Slim Summerville (July 10, 1892 – January 5, 1946) was an American film actor, best known as a comedy performer. Born George Joseph Somerville in Albuquerque, New Mexico, his mother died when he was five. Moving from New Mexico to Canada to Oaklahoma, he had a nomadic upbringing. His first job was as a messenger for the Canadian Pacific Telegraphs in Chatham, Ontario where he lived with his English grandparents. He was working as a poolroom porter when found by Edgar Kennedy, who took him to Mack Sennett where he started at $3.50 per day. His first role was as a "Keystone Kop" in 1912's Hoffmeyer's Legacy. His tall, gangly appearance was well utilised in numerous short comedy films during the silent film era, and in addition to his many acting roles, he directed more than 50 short films. Occasionally he played in dramatic films, such as All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and Jesse James (1939), but was most successful in comedy films, including several with ZaSu Pitts. He married Gertrude Martha Roell on 19 November, 1927. In early 1932, the Summervilles adopted a four week old baby boy whom they christened Elliott George.


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