He helped shape Hollywood… Hal Roach
This young man lived to be a hundred years old:
He opened a film studio in the teens in downtown Los Angeles in the old Bradbury residence, referred to by his friend Harold Lloyd as “pneumonia hall” due the chilling drafts.
He moved onto his own place and over the course of his career produced and directed over 2,000 films. He worked with Harold Lloyd (from 1914-1923) and Laurel and Hardy, created “Our Gang, and taught the likes of Leo McCarey (“Duck Soup”, “The Awful Truth”) how to direct comedy.
Things you might not have known about Hal Roach; he was an aviator, a polo player, and raised the funds to build the Santa Anita Racetrack. Who knows, he may have even been out of sight in the cockpit when this picture was taken…