Danish immigrant whose family came to the united
states at the turn of the century. In summer 1916,
Lamont, along with fellow comedian Roscoe "Fatty"
Arbuckle, joined the East Coast-based Comique
Film Corporation as star and director at an annual income
of more than $1 million. By October 1917 Lamont
had transferred his filmmaking back to the West Coast.
Along with two brothers; both swervy, underhanded
characters; Lamont, with his successes from the Comique
Film Corporation, was able to brand his own production
company, Lamont 3, at the incredible age of 18.
Success hit big, so big that both brothers at
one time or another tried to swindle earnings from Lamont
and flee the country. The savvy former comedian
squashed their attempts and eventually had them
imprisoned, deservedly, yet unjustly, as no proof of
any embezzlement existed. But Lamont was connected
to George Ranfit and other Hollywood mobsters who "owed"
him for services that are still today only speculated
on (some claim that Lamont was single-handedly responsible
for the downfall of the Hollywood studio system that
ruled the MGM heyday). Dozens of
films later, Lamont wed actress Midge Temple, who bore
his first and only child in 1947, Jacqueline Marie Lamont.
They purchased an emorous mansion in the Hollywood
Hills but Lamont never gave up his philandering ways.
The temptation of other women - younger women
- was much too much for the aging producer. When Midge
died, Lamont was only too happy to continue his parade
of women, until he met his fourth and final bride, Lola
Beauchamp-Rydell, a former USO girl in the war with moderate
acting credits to her name. Lamont's associations
with Nathan Blackthorne and Alex Reynolds catapulted
him to the position of most coveted film producer of
all time. It was his keen insight that led to
the substantial careers that followed Blackthorne and
Reynolds for many years. In 1982, Lamont passed
away of a heart attack. His home was later purchased
by James Blackthorne, nephew of Lamont's protoge, Nathan
Blackthorne; and his vast estate was split between
Jacquline and Lola.