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Kathryn McGuire

Kathryn McGuire

Personal Info

  • Born December 6, 1903
  • Died October 10, 1978
  • Nickname Spike
  • Spouse George Landy


While studying at the Hollywood High School, as well as her dancing, McGuire participated in a program exhibition at the Maryland Hotel in Pasadena.

She was seen by Thomas H. Ince, who immediately offered McGuire a solo number in an upcoming film. Her dancing skills led her not only to find jobs at Ince, but also at Universal and Mack Sennett. It was Sennett who realized that McGuire had genuine acting capabilities along the lines of her talent for dance after she performed a number in a comedy being produced by Sennett. She went on to become featured in Sennett’s comedies.

Kathryn McGuire (1923)

McGuire’s first serious role came as the “only girl” in The Silent Call (1921). She also starred with Gladys Walton as a second lead in Playing with Fire (1921) for Universal Pictures, as well as in The Flame of Life (1923) with Priscilla Dean.

McGuire did not advance to leading-lady status in dramas, because of her height (about 5 feet tall). However, this circumstance made her an ideal foil for the era’s comedy stars, themselves slight in stature. She is probably best remembered today for her ingenue roles opposite Buster Keaton in Sherlock Jr. and The Navigator (both 1924). By the late 1920s she was working steadily for Educational Pictures in two-reel comedies, opposite Charley Bowers or Lupino Lane. She left Educational in 1930, as did Lane.


1922: Wampas Baby Star
Doe-eyed silent screen actress and dancer. She was discovered by Thomas H. Ince for films, but ended up making her mark as a comedienne with Mack Sennett. She is best remembered as Buster Keaton’s leading lady in Sherlock Jr. (1924) and The Navigator (1924). She also partnered Ben Turpin, Lupino Lane and cowboy actors Hoot Gibson and Tom Mix in films. She retired from acting in 1933.




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Kathryn McGuire

Sherlock Jr