Jean Havez

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Jean Havez
Born Jean Constant Havez
(1869-12-24)December 24, 1869
Baltimore, Maryland
Died February 11, 1925(1925-02-11) (aged 55)
Beverly Hills, California
Cause of death
Heart Attack
Occupation
  • Songwriter
  • Skit Writer
  • Silent film screenwriter
Spouse(s) Cecil Cunningham (m. 1915–17)
Doris Vernon (Ebba A. Hagen) (m. 1918–25)

Jean Havez (December 24, 1869 – February 11, 1925)- Class of 1893 at Johns Hopkins University - was an American writer of novelty songs, vaudeville skits, and silent era comedy films. In his film career, Havez worked most notably with comedians Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd.

Career[edit]

Havez was a charter member of ASCAP (1914). His novelty songs, popular in their day, include "Darktown Poker Club" and "I'm Cured", written for the great vaudevillian Bert Williams for the 1914 Ziegfeld Follies; "Everybody Works But Father", "When You Ain't Got No Money then You Needn't Come Around", "I'm Looking For an Angel", "Do Not Forget the Good Old Days", "You're On the Right Road, Sister", and "He Cert'ny Was Good to Me". Concurrent with his songwriting, Havez wrote vaudeville routines and stage shows for such performers as Reine Davies, Trixie Friganza, Kolb & Dill, and Cecil Cunningham (who was his first wife).

Havez penned Keystone scenarios for Roscoe Arbuckle, among others, and co-wrote several of Keaton's most popular films, including Our Hospitality (1923), Sherlock Jr. (1924), The Navigator (1924), and Seven Chances (1925). Havez supplied the story, and theme song, for Lloyd's first comedy feature Grandma's Boy (1921), and also contributed (uncredited) to Lloyd's most famous film Safety Last! (1923). Havez died at home of a heart attack and was interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, CA. His widow, a vaudevillian turned screenwriter, married director Edward Sedgwick and remained with him until his death in 1953.

Trivia[edit]

The X-Files Season 3 episode "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" features a character named Clyde Bruckman who foresees how other people die. Two minor detective characters on that episode are named Havez and Cline, after Eddie Cline, another writer who worked with Buster Keaton.

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