Thursday, May 1, 2014

Previously Unidentified: Larry Williams

by Frank Reighter

Larry Williams was identified in April 2014 by Brent Seguine, as the party guest in Pest Man Wins (1951). Also featured in that short was his wife Helen Dickson. 

Larry Williams, Pest Man Wins (1951)
Lawrence Albert ("Larry") Williams was born May 24, 1889 in Homestead (Allegheny County), Pennsylvania.  His parents were Albert and Sarah (Garrigan) Williams.  Eventually, Larry and his brother, Emmett A. Williams, became behind-the-camera technicians with several silent film companies.  According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), he is listed in 5 films from 1951 to 1957.  This doesn't include his recently discovered role in Pest Man Wins (1951).

He married Helen (Hornbrook) Dickson on April 28, 1950.  Helen was also active in Three Stooges shorts.  They lived at 2909 Park Center Drive in Los Angeles, California.  Larry died there at 3:45 AM on March 30, 1956.  Cause of death was arteriosclerotic heart disease.  Helen was the informant.  He was buried April 3, 1956, through Callanan Mortuary, in Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.  Helen died November 17, 1983, and is interred in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. 

Special thanks to Brent Seguine for identifying Larry in "Pest Man Wins", and to Bill Cappello, who helped in 2009 with information on Helen Dickson Williams.

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