Mack

Mack

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Sennett, Mack, 1884-1960, American movie director and producer, b. Danville, Que. In 1909 he began working for D. W. Griffith at the Biograph Company, and in 1912 he organized his own Keystone Company. Sennett's films, rarely more than one or two reels long, were slapstick comedies noted for their fantastic chases and custard pie warfare. His Keystone cops and bathing beauties became American institutions. In 1916 he became the third producer of the Triangle Corporation with D. W. Griffith and Thomas Ince. The Keystone Company, after some years of difficulty, went bankrupt in 1933.

See his autobiography, King of Comedy (1954); G. Fowler, Father Goose (1934).

Mack, Connie (Cornelius McGillicuddy), 1862-1956, American baseball player and manager, b. East Brookfield, Mass. He was a star catcher for the Washington Senators (1886-89) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1891-94). After gaining managerial experience with the Pittsburgh (1891-96) and the Milwaukee (1897-1900) clubs, Mack became (1901-50) manager, and ultimately chief owner, of the Philadelphia Athletics of the newly organized American League. Under his guidance the Athletics won nine pennants and five World Series, and he skippered his teams to more wins (3,731) than any other manager. In 1937 he was named to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. After 1937 he met with repeated illnesses, and increasing managerial responsibilities were given to his son, Earle Mack. Connie Mack continued as president of the Athletics until 1954, when the team was moved to Kansas City.

See his autobiography (1950).

orig. Michael Sinnott

Mack Sennett.

(born Jan. 17, 1880, Richmond, Que., Can.—died Nov. 5, 1960, Hollywood, Calif., U.S.) Canadian-born U.S. film director. He performed in burlesque and vaudeville before joining the Biograph studio in 1908, and he soon was directing comedies under D.W. Griffith's tutelage. He left to form his own Keystone Co. in 1912. Considered the father of slapstick comedy in motion pictures, he produced the first U.S. feature-length comedy, Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914), and made over 1,000 comedy shorts, often featuring the wild antics of the Keystone Kops. He hired stars such as Mabel Normand, Fatty Arbuckle, and Charlie Chaplin. Important directors such as Frank Capra and George Stevens also received experience under Sennett. Sennett excelled in comic timing, improvisation, and effective editing, and he used trick camera work and high-speed and slow-motion photography to produce his famous comic chase scenes. In 1937 he received a special Academy Award.

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orig. Cornelius (Alexander) McGillicuddy

(born Dec. 22/23, 1862, East Brookfield, Mass., U.S.—died Feb. 8, 1956, Philadelphia, Pa.) U.S. baseball manager and team executive. Mack played professional baseball (1886–96), usually as a catcher, before becoming manager of the Milwaukee Brewers (1897–1900) and the Philadelphia Athletics (1901–50). He was president of the Athletics from 1937 to 1953. His teams won 3,776 games and lost 4,025, both all-time records. He helped establish the American League.

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orig. Michael Sinnott

Mack Sennett.

(born Jan. 17, 1880, Richmond, Que., Can.—died Nov. 5, 1960, Hollywood, Calif., U.S.) Canadian-born U.S. film director. He performed in burlesque and vaudeville before joining the Biograph studio in 1908, and he soon was directing comedies under D.W. Griffith's tutelage. He left to form his own Keystone Co. in 1912. Considered the father of slapstick comedy in motion pictures, he produced the first U.S. feature-length comedy, Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914), and made over 1,000 comedy shorts, often featuring the wild antics of the Keystone Kops. He hired stars such as Mabel Normand, Fatty Arbuckle, and Charlie Chaplin. Important directors such as Frank Capra and George Stevens also received experience under Sennett. Sennett excelled in comic timing, improvisation, and effective editing, and he used trick camera work and high-speed and slow-motion photography to produce his famous comic chase scenes. In 1937 he received a special Academy Award.

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orig. Cornelius (Alexander) McGillicuddy

(born Dec. 22/23, 1862, East Brookfield, Mass., U.S.—died Feb. 8, 1956, Philadelphia, Pa.) U.S. baseball manager and team executive. Mack played professional baseball (1886–96), usually as a catcher, before becoming manager of the Milwaukee Brewers (1897–1900) and the Philadelphia Athletics (1901–50). He was president of the Athletics from 1937 to 1953. His teams won 3,776 games and lost 4,025, both all-time records. He helped establish the American League.

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Mack is an unincorporated town and a U.S. Post Office located about 10 miles east of the Colorado/Utah border in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. The Mack Post Office has the ZIP Code 81525. Mack is part of the Grand Junction Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The town was named after the president of Mack Motor Company, because it was chosen to build the line from the remote Uintah Basin to the railroad, to transport Gilsonite.

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