In 1912 he cofounded the Keystone film company, and in the next few years created there a style of wild and rambunctious comedy that made his name a byword for delirious, uninhibited slapstick. The stars of his company included such talents as Mabel Normand, "Fatty" Arbuckle, Chester Conklin, and, for a year, Charlie Chaplin, who made his first screen appearance for Sennett. The lunatic chorus of "Keystone Kops" was another feature of these films, many of which Sennett edited himself with consummate comic skill.
After 1917 Mack Sennett formed his own company and continued to produce comedies until the end of the silent era, but his career gradually declined in the 1930s until he was driven into a 4-year retirement to Canada in near penury in 1935. He returned to Hollywood in 1939 for a series of peripheral appointments, perhaps prompted by a special Academy Award presented to him in 1937. He was awarded a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2004.
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A profile of Mack Sennett, often referred to as "The King of Comedy." From northernstars.ca.
Watch an informative documentary about Mack Sennett, silent film's "King of Comedy." From YouTube.