Harry Crocker

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Harry Crocker
Tillie the Toiler lobby card.jpg
Lobby card for Tillie the Toiler (1927) with Crocker second from right
Born(1893-07-02)2 July 1893
Died23 May 1958(1958-05-23) (aged 64)

Henry Joseph Crocker II (July 2, 1893 – May 23, 1958) was an American journalist and occasional film actor.

Life and career[edit]

Although Crocker was for most of his career a Los Angeles Examiner newsman, he also appeared as Rex in Charlie Chaplin's The Circus in 1928.[1] He was Chaplin's personal assistant until he was fired during the making of Chaplin's City Lights in 1930. Crocker later reconciled with Chaplin and maintained a friendship until the comedian left America in 1952.[2]

Overall, Crocker appeared in 20 films between 1925 and 1952, mostly in small roles or cameo appearances. His other films besides The Circus include The Big Parade (1925), Tillie the Toiler (1927), Sally in Our Alley (1927), A Warm Corner (1930), The Great John L. (1945), A Song for Miss Julie (1945) and Limelight (1952).

His grand uncle was Charles Crocker (1822–1888) who had been a builder of the Central Pacific Railroad and his distant cousin was the philanthropist William Henry Crocker, president of Crocker National Bank. Crocker married Elizabeth Jenns[3] in late 1936.[4] Crocker was also a close friend of Cole Porter. He died on May 23, 1958, after being in ill health for three years.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b "Harry Crocker, L.A. Newsman, Dies at 64". Los Angeles Times. May 24, 1958. Retrieved 2010-07-21. Harry Crocker, 64, former Los Angeles Examiner columnist, died yesterday at his home, 622 N Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills, after being in ill health for the past three years.
  2. ^ "The Untold Story of Charlie Chaplin and Harry Crocker". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  3. ^ Marshall Kester (December 6, 1936). "Film Veteran Holds Spotlight at Elaborate Testimonial Fete". Los Angeles Times. p. D14.
  4. ^ "Wedding Plans Told by Cable: Harry Crocker and Actress to Seal Troth". Los Angeles Times. October 15, 1936. p. A8.
  5. ^ "Harry Crocker, 64, Dies. Retired Columnist Worked for Los Angeles Examiner". New York Times. May 25, 1958. Retrieved 2010-07-21.

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