Harry Burns
born: 20 July 1882
died: 09 January 1939
Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
(heart attack, age 56)

Polish-born actor, director, producer and later magazine publisher. He began in vaudeville as a champion bag-puncher, later working as a boxing referee and trainer at the Vernon arena in Los Angeles. He entered pictures in 1914 as an extra and later became a director for Universal, Fox, Vitagraph and other studios, gaining a solid reputation for working with animals. He also served as President of the Assistant Directors Association.
On the set of the 1923 film Souls for Sale, Harry rescued six persons from a burning circus tent, but he himself was trampled by a horse and spent seven months in the hospital. He had been writing a regular column for the magazine Camera! which evolved into The Hollywood Filmograph, of which he ultimately became Editor as well as owner and President. He championed the cause of the film extra and succeeded in getting them paid daily (when previously, they had been paid only weekly). When the Filmograph folded during the Great Depression, Harry went into extra work himself. He suffered a fatal heart attack while driving his car through Hollywood.
He married actress Dorothy Vernon on 27 December 1914 in Santa Barbara, California. He was the stepfather to her son, screen comedian Bobby Vernon, who died five months after Harry.
Not to be confused with the vaudeville dialect comic, film actor and one-time Three Stooges co-star of the same name, who died in 1948.
Real name: Jacob Elman
Height: 5'11"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


Look Pleasant, Please

Here Come The Girls
[unidentified character]

On The Jump
[unidentified character]

Fireman, Save My Child
[unidentified character]

The City Slicker
[unidentified character]

Somewhere In Turkey
[unidentified character]

Are Crooks Dishonest?
[unidentified character]

An Ozark Romance
[unidentified character]

Why Pick On Me?
[unidentified character]

Take A Chance
[unidentified character]

She Loves Me Not
[unidentified character]

Going! Going! Gone!
[unidentified character]

On The Fire

The Dutiful Dub
[unidentified character]

https://familysearch.org/ark:/ 61903/1:1:XLXW-D46 (1914 marriage)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/ MM9.3.1/TH-1951-26182-8303-82? cc=1968530 (WWI Draft Reg. Card)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/ MM9.3.1/TH-1942-22897-5226-38? cc=1488411 (1920 Census, line 72)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/ MM9.3.1/TH-1-14855-36680-24? cc=1849628 (CA Nat. Index)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/ MM9.3.1/TH-1942-22724-6451-98? cc=1810731 (1930 Census, line 58)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/ MM9.3.1/TH-1942-26184-6412-91? cc=1932433 (CA Death Index #3576)
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi- bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid= 11280435 (Find a Grave)
https://archive.org/stream/ variety133-1939-01#page/n258/ mode/1up/search/burns (Variety, 11 Jan 1939)
https://archive.org/stream/ camera05unse#page/n97/mode/ 1up/search/%22harry+burns%22 (Camera! 13 May 1922)
https://archive.org/stream/ camera05unse#page/n251/mode/ 1up/search/%22harry+burns%22 (Camera! 8 Jul 1922)
https://archive.org/stream/ hollywoodfilmogr14holl#page/2/ mode/1up (Hollywood Filmograph, 27 Oct 1934)
https://books.google.com/ books?id=5x2VpO3sia4C&q=% 22harvey+burns%22#v=snippet&q= %22harvey%20burns%22&f=false (Extras of Early Hollywood: A History of the Crowd, 1913-1945, by Kerry Segrave)
http://archives. chicagotribune.com/1939/01/11/ page/14/article/dismisses-50- 000-tin-box-fight-on-widows- estate (Chicago Tribune, 11 Jan 1939)
https://news.google.com/ newspapers?nid=336&dat= 19390111&id=9oZaAAAAIBAJ&sjid= yrUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5528,928908& hl=en (Deseret News, 11 Jan 1939)
http://idnc.library.illinois. edu/cgi-bin/illinois?a=d&d= VVN19261225.2.171# (Vaudeville News, 25 Dec 1926)
1915-6 Santa Mon: Burns Harry photoplayer h 24 Brooks av, V
1917 LA City Dir: Burns Harry asst director h 1756 N Western av
1918 LA City Dir: Burns Harry photoplayer h1756 N Western av
1920 LA City Dir: Burns Harry photoplayer h1756 N Western av
1921 LA City Dir: Burns Harry h1756 N Western av
1922 LA City Dir: Burns Harry dir h1756 N Western av
1923 LA City Dir: Burns Harry dir Universal Studio h1428 Gordon
1925 LA City Dir: Burns Harry h1428 Gordon
1926 LA City Dir: Burns Harry editor Hwood Filmograph h1428 Gordon
1927 LA City Dir: Burns Harry publr Hollywood Filmograph h1428 Gordon
1928 LA City Dir: Burns Harry publr Hwood Filmograph h1428 Gordon
1929 LA City Dir: Burns Harry (Dorothy) pblr Hwood Filmograph h1428 Gordon
1930 LA City Dir: Burns Dorothy Mrs h1428 Gordon av
1932 LA City Dir: Burns Harry (Dorothea) pres-editor Hollywood-Filmograph h1428 Gordon
1934 LA City Dir: Burns Harry (Dorothy) pres-editor Hwood Filmograph h1428 Gordon
1936 LA City Dir: Burns Harry (Dorothy) editor Hwood Filmograph h1428 Gordon
1938 LA City Dir: Burns Harry (Dorothy) slsmn h1428 Gordon
1939 LA City Dir: Burns Harry (Dorothy) studiowkr h1428 Gordon
Jim Jarvis (help with height; from the Naturalization Petitions: 1918 & 1921)
Jesse Brisson (extensive research and written bio; identification in On The Fire)

This page was last updated on: 25 February 2017