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Born in St. Petersburg, Russia
Died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (pneumonia)
Birth NameCharles Fred Lamont
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

One of the more prolific American directors, Charles Lamont entered films as an actor in 1919 and became a director in 1922. He churned out numerous one- and two-reel comedies for various producers, including Mack Sennett and Al Christie, and began directing features in the mid-'30s. Lamont was a staple of such independent studios as Chesterfield and Republic, for whom he turned out many action, western and comedy films, but he found his niche at Universal in the late 1930s, and directed several comedies for Universal's top comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, including one of their best, Hit the Ice (1943). Lamont also handled a number of Universal's Yvonne De Carlo Technicolor adventure extravaganzas, and helmed many entries in the studio's successful "Ma and Pa Kettle" series.

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Spouse (2)

Estelle Bradley (1925 - 1990) ( her death)
? (1922 - 1923) ( divorced)

Trivia (1)

Lamont is generally credited with starting Shirley Temple's career. He discovered her while visiting a dance studio in search of children for a one-reel comedy short he was directing. He was so impressed with her talent (she was about five years old) that instead of putting her in the background with the rest of the children, he featured her in her own dance number and gave her a few lines. Her career took off from there.

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