Harry Hyde

Harry Hyde was a silent film actor who worked for the American Biograph company in the early years of Hollywood, starting in 1910. According to actress Blanche Sweet, Harry had been living with actor/artist J. Jiquel Lanoe in 1913.

Harry was working on Broadway as early as 1904 when he was cast in a production of "Olympe", based on a Dumas novel, at the Knickerbocker Theatre. By 1907 he started performing in musicals as well, taking a role in the high successfully "The Merry Widow" at the New Amsterdam Theatre. His last Broadway production was probably another musical called "The Cure Love" which closed at the Grand Opera House in January 1910. He would have left New York shortly after, he played six films for American Biograph in Hollywood by the end of the year.

In 1914 Harry and Joseph would appear together in "The Massacre" as two gamblers traveling the frontier on a wagon train. They look more like European aristocracy on safari. One brief but funny scene plays out when the roughnecks and introduced to the homosexuals. The roughnecks are shocked by their fashion and effeminate air and leave laughing, while Harry's character doesn't quite understand the joke. Later, when the people of the wagon train are surrounded by the Indians, a boy (Jack Pickford) rushes out and is shot. Harry rushes out to save him and carries the body back to the group just to be shot himself. Joseph then rushes up and toward his fallen friend and is also shot, the three bodies laying together on the ground. Joseph, or his "body", is seen in several more scene, his head lying on Jack Pickfords stomach.

Harry's last film was "Homer Comes Home" in 1920, and he is known to have written at least one film - "The Sentimental Sister" in 1914. So far, we have no other information on Harry.


Two dapper gentlemen in "The Mother's Heart" (1913). J. Jiquel Lanoe is far left and Harry Hyde is far right.


Joseph (in white hat) and Harry seated in "The Massacre" (1914)

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