Harry Semels

Harry Semels (November 20, 1887 March 2, 1946)[1] was an American film actor. He appeared in over 315 film between 1917 and 1946.[2]

Harry Semels
Born(1887-11-20)November 20, 1887
DiedMarch 2, 1946(1946-03-02) (aged 58)
Resting placeHollywood Forever Cemetery
Years active1917–1946
Spouse(s)Jean Semels


Semels appeared in his first film in 1917. He began to achieve fame after arriving at Columbia Pictures, appearing in several Three Stooges shorts including Disorder in the Court, Wee Wee Monsieur and Three Little Sew and Sews. He also appeared in feature films like Road to Morocco, The Princess and the Pirate and The Kid from Brooklyn. A versatile character actor, Semels often appeared as villains, waiters, soldiers, lawyers, et al.

Personal life

Semels had two children, Ruth and David. David was killed in action during World War II.[3]


Semels died of a heart attack on March 2, 1946, in Hollywood, California. He was 58 years old.

Selected filmography


  1. Silent Film Necrology, p.477 2nd Edition c.2001 by Eugene M. Vazzana ISBN 0-7864-1059-0
  2. Who Was Who on Screen, p.418 2ndEdition c.1977 by Evelyn Mack Truitt ISBN 0-8352-0914-8
  3. threestooges.net

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