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Also Known As: Died: October 11, 1971
Born: January 11, 1886 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Oskaloosa, Iowa, USA Profession: actor, circus clown, vaudevillian, department store Santa Claus

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This walrus-mustachioed vaudevillian and clown is perhaps best recalled for his early silent work with Mack Sennett, Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand.

This walrus-mustachioed vaudevillian and clown is perhaps best recalled for his early silent work with Mack Sennett, Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966) Old man in saloon
3.
 Paradise Alley (1962)
4.
5.
 The Beast with a Million Eyes (1956) Ben Webber
6.
 Apache Woman (1955) Dick Mooney
7.
 Son of Paleface (1952) Chester
8.
 My Favorite Spy (1951) Comic
10.
 Shakedown (1950)
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Milestones close milestones

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Began career as a circus clown
1913:
Film acting debut (as a Keystone Cop) in "Hubby's Job"
1914:
Appeared in "Tillie's Punctured Romance"
1914:
Co-starred with Mabel Normand in "Mabel's Strange Predicament", "Mabel's New Job", "Mabel's Busy Day" and "Mabel at the Wheel"
1919:
Acted in "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
1920:
Starred in the comedy "Lame Brains"
1923:
Had featured role in "Anna Christie"
1925:
Cast in supporting role as ZaSu Pitts' father in "Greed"; footage was cut and remains lost
1925:
Was featured in "The Phantom of the Opera"
1927:
Teamed with W C Fields in a handful of Paramount films
1928:
Portrayed a judge in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"
1928:
Acted in "Tillie's Punctured Romance"
1929:
Appeared in "The Virginia"
1933:
Had featured role in "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum"
1935:
Appeared in "Keystone Hotel"
1936:
Played a mechanic in "Modern Times"
1940:
Was the mayor in "Li'l Abner"
1940:
Reteamed with Chaplin for "The Great Dictator"
1942:
Made uncredited appearance as a bum in "Sullivan's Travels"
1942:
Acted in "The Palm Beach Story"
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Made cameo appearances in several of Preston Sturges' films inclusding "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" (1944)
1952:
Had regular role in the TV series "Doc Corkle"
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Worked as a department store Santa in the 1950s
1966:
Final film, "A Big Hand for the Little Lady"
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wife:
Margherita Rouse. Married from 1934 until her death in 1937.
wife:
Valda Genesee. Married in 1949; divorced.
wife:
Jane Ayres Gunther. Actor. Fourth wife; married in June 1965; survived him; met at the Motion Picture Country Home.

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