Hugh Fay

Active - 1915 - 1926  |   Born - Jun 9, 1882 in New York, NY  |   Died - Dec 4, 1926 in Los Angeles, CA  |   Genres - Comedy, Comedy Drama, Romance

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A member of Mack Sennett's stock company at Keystone in the mid-1910s (although as far as can be ascertained, never a "Keystone Kop"), tough-looking Hugh Fay directed several Snub Pollard comedies for Sennett in the early '20s. Returning to acting later in the decade, Fay surprisingly turned up as Spider a nasty Lower Eastside gangster in Mary Pickford's incredibly popular Little Annie Rooney (1925). The role, which Fay played with a permanent sneer, may have taken his career in a whole new direction had he lived. Sadly, Hugh Fay died of stomach cancer a little over a year later. His final film, Larry Semon's Spuds (1927), was released posthumously.