Character actor, Roscoe Ates, was born on Jan 20, 1895 in Grange, MS. Ates died at the age of 67 on Mar 1, 1962 in Hollywood, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.
Bug-eyed and scrawny-necked, Roscoe Ates often seemed to be wearing funny clothes and hats the wrong way round. He began his career as a concert violinist, and moved into films cashing in by recreating a childhood stutter and making it part of his many nervous characters. Many times Ates would escape being browbeaten by heroes or would be henpecked by his screen wives. Most notably Ates became cowboy star Eddie Dean's sidekick in 15 1940's westerns.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).
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Peter Higgins: After that, you couldn't run for a streetcar!
Roscoe: [whenever he asks only one of the two Siamese twins to stay, and the twins have to leave together] You always use that as a excu-excuse, an alib-b-b-bi.
Ivy Higgins: If it wasn't for us women, where would you men be?
Peter Higgins: In the Garden of Eden eatin' apples.
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