Harry Semels

Highest Rated: 100% Barbary Coast (1935)
Lowest Rated: 57% America (1924)
Birthday: Nov 20, 1887
Birthplace: Not Available
In films from 1918, dark, mustachioed Harry Semels was a reliable serial villain for Pathe and other studios. Semels spent the 1920s menacing the heroes and heroines of such chapter plays as Hurricane Hutch, Pirate Gold, Plunder, and Play Ball; he even found time to spoof his screen image in the serial parody Bound and Gagged (1919). Active in talkies until his death in 1946, Semels played mostly bit roles, usually as excitable foreigners. During this period, Harry Semels was also a fixture of Columbia Pictures' two-reel comedy unit, in support of such funmakers as Andy Clyde, Buster Keaton, Monty Collins, Tom Kennedy, Gus Schilling, Dick Lane, and especially the Three Stooges: He made seven appearances with the last-named team, most memorably as the prosecuting attorney ("Whooo killed Kirk Robin?") in Disorder in the Court (1936).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet San Antonio Mexican 1945
No Score Yet The Chance of a Lifetime Egypt Hines 1943
No Score Yet Pilot No. 5 Barber 1943
No Score Yet Honky Tonk Pallbearer 1941
No Score Yet He Stayed for Breakfast Comrade 1940
94% Foreign Correspondent Bit part 1940
75% Strange Cargo Convict 1940
97% Ninotchka Neighbor/Spy 1939
92% Midnight Policeman 1939
No Score Yet King of the Turf Coffee Pot Proprietor (uncredited) 1939
No Score Yet Rovin' Tumbleweeds Vendor 1939
91% You Can't Take It With You Man 1938
No Score Yet Blockade Actor 1938
60% Swiss Miss Organ-Grinder 1938
No Score Yet King of the Newsboys Grocer 1938
No Score Yet The Last Train from Madrid Guard 1937
No Score Yet Hotel Haywire Flower Peddler 1937
No Score Yet Swing High, Swing Low Chief of Police 1937
No Score Yet Rosalie Conspirator 1937
No Score Yet The Firefly French Soldier 1937
No Score Yet High, Wide and Handsome Bartender 1937
No Score Yet The Gay Desperado Manuel 1936
No Score Yet The Three Stooges District Attorney 1936
No Score Yet Exclusive Story Tony 1936
83% Charge of the Light Brigade Sepoy chief 1936
100% Barbary Coast Lookout 1935
No Score Yet The Last Outpost Amrak 1935
90% Les Miserables Cochepaille 1935
No Score Yet The Wedding Night Party Guest 1935
No Score Yet Stone of Silver Creek Simmons 1935
No Score Yet Sons of Steel Ryan 1935
No Score Yet Broadway Bill Conductor 1934
No Score Yet Down to Their Last Yacht Ship Passenger 1934
88% Twentieth Century Artist 1934
80% Viva Villa! Soldier 1934
No Score Yet Drum Taps Henchman Pete 1933
100% Flying Down to Rio Sign Poster 1933
No Score Yet Deluge Renegade 1933
100% Baby Face Drunk 1933
No Score Yet Hold Your Man Neighbor 1933
No Score Yet The Bowery Artist 1933
No Score Yet Young Blood Tony Murullo 1932
No Score Yet Texas Buddies Ken Kincaid 1932
No Score Yet Hidden Valley Actor 1932
No Score Yet Broadway to Cheyenne Louie Walsh 1932
No Score Yet Ghost Valley Pawnee 1932
No Score Yet Wyoming Whirlwind Pete 1932
No Score Yet South of the Rio Grande Actor 1932
100% Platinum Blonde Waiter 1931
No Score Yet Smart Money Gambler 1931
No Score Yet Drums of Jeopardy (Mark of Terror) Henchman 1931
No Score Yet Dance, Fools, Dance Dance Extra 1931
No Score Yet Fighting Caravans Brawler 1931
76% Hell's Angels Anarchist 1930
No Score Yet Movie Night Actor 1929
No Score Yet Hawk of the Hills Sheckard 1929
100% The Last Command Soldier Extra 1928
57% America Chief of Senecas, Hikatoo 1924


No Score Yet The Three Stooges
District Attorney Director Cecil Z. Sweinhardt Landlord Capt. Burke
  • 1939
  • 1938
  • 1936


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