Raised in the Philadelphia area
Left home just before his 18th birthday and made stage debut peforming in vaudeville in Philadelphia
Began touring with the Monte Carlo Girls
NYC debut at Miner's Bowery Theatre (January)
Solo debut on the Orpheum circuit; began tour in San Francisco
Embarked on European tour, beginning in Berlin, Germany; later played London and Paris
Returned to Europe, playing Berlin, Vienna, Prague and London
Traveled to Australia and then South Africa
Toured Great Britain; also appeared in France and Italy
After completing performances in Denmark, Germany and Spain, returned to USA for first time in nearly three years
Broadway acting debut in "The Ham Tree"; toured with show on and off until 1907
Resumed vaudeville performances, returning with a juggling act
Continued to divide time appearing throughout the USA, in Europe, South Africa and Australia
Debuted at the Follies Bergere in Paris
Film acting debut in short, "Pool Sharks"
Became a Broadway headliner with the yearly editions of the "Ziegfeld Follies"
Appeared in Ziegfeld rival George White's "Scandals of 1922"
Starred as Eustace McGargle on stage in "Poppy"
Returned to films after nine years; made feature film acting debut in cameo role in "Janice Meredith"
Starred in "Sally of the Sawdust", directed by D.W. Griffith, a film adaptation of the stage play "Poppy"; recreated stage role of Eustace McGargle
Began making features for Paramount; first was "That Royle Girl" (no longer extant), directed by Griffith
Returned to the "Ziegfeld Follies"
Acted in feature "Running Wild", helmed by Gregory La Cava
Appeared in Earl Carroll's "Vanities"
Played the ringmaster in "Tillie's Punctured Romance"
Last Paramount silent, "Fools for Luck" (no longer extant)
Made final appearances in vaudeville at the Palace Theater
First sound film, the RKO short "The Golf Specialist", recreating routine from the "Ziegfeld Follies of 1918"
Again co-starred in Earl Carroll's "Vanities"
Final Broadway performance in "Ballyhoo"
First sound feature film role, played a barber in "Her Majesty Love"
Acted in a series of short films for producer Mack Sennett, including "The Dentist" (1932), "The Fatal Glass of Beer" and "The Pharmacist" (both 1933)
Radio debut as guest on "California Melodies"
First film with Baby LeRoy, "Tillie and Gus"
Cast as Humpty Dumpty in the screen version of "Alice in Wonderland"
Provided the stories (under pseudonym Charles Bogle) for "The Old Fashioned Way" and ""It's a Gift"
Delivered sole career dramatic performance playing Mr. Micawber in the George Cukor-directed "David Copperfield"
Starred in and provided story for "Man on the Flying Trapeze", a loose remake of "Running Wild"
Again reprised stage role in "Poppy", a remake of "Sally of the Sawdust"
Co-starred on the NBC radio program "Chase and Sanborn Hour", alongside Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy
Last film for Paramount, "The Big Broadcast of 1938"
Reportedly declined to play the title role in "The Wizard of Oz", feeling the film would be a flop
Signed on at Universal for more than $100,000 per picture; first vehicle, "You Can't Cheat an Honest Man"
Teamed with Mae West for the comedy "My Little Chickadee"; also credited with co-writing screenplay with West
Starred in the comedy "The Bank Dick"; wrote screenplay under pseudonym Mahatma Kane Jeeves
Last starring vehicle, "Never Give A Sucker an Even Break"; also wrote story under pseudonym Otis Criblecoblis
Recreated his legendary pool routine in the vaudeville-inspired feature "Follow the Boys"
Made last feature film appearance in "Sensations of 1945"