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|Also Known As:||Lewis Delaney Offield||Died:||January 23, 1978|
|Born:||November 12, 1903||Cause of Death:||aortic aneurysm|
|Birth Place:||Sedalia, Missouri, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor clerk|
Delightfully brash character actor of the 1930s and 40s, Oakie was famed for his double-takes and gleeful song-and-dance style. A vaudeville performer from the early 1920s, Oakie first hit Broadway in Mistinguette's "Innocent Eyes" (1924). Talkies proved a boon to Oakie, who was signed by Paramount in 1927 and played wisecracking collegiates in several early musicals (notably "Sweetie", 1929, with Helen Kane).
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