Lloyd Francis Bacon was a screen, stage, and vaudeville actor and film director.
Bacon started in films with Charlie Chaplin and Bronco Billy Anderson and appeared in more than 40 total. As an actor he is best known for supporting Chaplin in such films as 1915’s The Tramp, The Champion and 1917’s Easy Street.
He also directed over a hundred films between 1920 and 1955. He is best known as director of such classics as 1933’s 42nd Street, 1937’s Ever Since Eve from a screenplay by the playwright Lawrence Riley et al., 1938’s A Slight Case of Murder with Edward G. Robinson, 1939’s Invisible Stripes with George Raft and Humphrey Bogart, 1939’s The Oklahoma Kid with James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart, 1940’s Knute Rockne, All American with Pat O’Brien and Ronald Reagan, 1943’s Action in the North Atlantic, and 1944’s The Fighting Sullivans with Anne Baxter and Thomas Mitchell. He also directed Wake Up and Dream. Bacon was not related to Irving Bacon, who was a film actor who appeared in a number of Bacon’s films. Irving’s parents were Millar and Myrtle Bacon of St. Joseph, Missouri. Lloyd’s father, Frank Bacon, was the co-author and star of Lightnin‘, which for a while was the longest-running play in Broadway history. His mother was Jennie Bacon, whom he adored.