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Job Actor, comedian, director, screenwriter
Years active 1904-1933
Known for Slapstick; career marred by scandal
Top Roles Bartender Smoking Cigar, Film Actor, Himself, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Charlie's Neighbor, Dr. J. Jacobs
Top GenresSilent Films, Comedy, Short Films, Western, Drama, Film Adaptation
Top TopicsBook-Based, Money, Aviation
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Shares birthday with Steve McQueen, Harry Houdini, Jameson Thomas  see more..

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle Overview:

Legendary actor, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, was born Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle on Mar 24, 1887 in Smith Center, KS. Arbuckle died at the age of 46 on Jun 29, 1933 in New York City, NY and was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean.


Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle was a popular comedian of the silent era, whose plump features could express outrage, tenderness or geniality, and whose attempts at pathos were also more skilfull than most. His early vaudeville days were followed by success at Keystone Studios in slapstick shorts, and with his own company, releasing through Paramount. He was moving into features when his career was ruined in 1921 by a scandal and ensuing court case (which saw him acquitted only after three trials) over one of Arbuckle's orgiastic parties in which a girl died in unpleasant circumstances. He later directed a few films under the name William Goodrich and had started making sound comedy shorts as star before his untimely death from a heart attack at age 46. He was married to actress Minta Durfee from 1908 to 1925 (first of three wives).

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Arbuckle was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Buster Keaton and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle (2)

By Brandy Dean on Mar 24, 2013 From Pretty Clever Films

Originally published on October 4, 2011.? From Laurel and Hardy to Abbott and Costello to Cheech and Chong (yeah, I said it) – duos make the comedy world go ’round. And why not? You’ve got the yin and the yang, the clown and the straight man, the graceful and the inept – and ... Read full article

Buster Keaton and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle (1)

By Pretty Clever Film Gal on Oct 4, 2011 From Pretty Clever Films

From Laurel and Hardy to Abbott and Costello to Cheech and Chong (yeah, I said it) – duos make the comedy world go ’round. And why not? You’ve got the yin and the yang, the clown and the straight man, the graceful and the inept – and you’ve got the very large and the ve... Read full article

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Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle Quotes:

Fatty: [continuously chops a piece of meat that weighs the same due to his leaning on the scale] I must be losing my touch. This is a heavy pound of beef.

Stagehand: [the novelty dancer is heckling their act] Cut that out or we'll throw you out!

Fatty: [to Alum] Try not to snort while you're slurping.

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Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle Facts
In 1924, he hired Bob Hope as a "cheap act" for his traveling vaudeville show. After seeing Hope perform at the Bandbox Theater in Cleveland, Arbuckle sensed he would be a major star if he just had the right break. He contacted some friends in Los Angeles and instructed Hope to do the same. Hope eventually followed his advice and headed west.

It the subject of the novel "I, Fatty" by Jerry Stahl.

Some filmographies credit him as co-director of the film Sherlock Jr. (1924). The confusion comes from the fact that Buster Keaton did originally hope to have Arbuckle work as his co-director on the film, but ultimately Arbuckle was still too depressed over the scandal that had nearly ended his career three years earlier, and had become difficult to work with, so Keaton went ahead as the sole director of the film. The claim that Arbuckle was a co-director on the film was substantiated by Minta Durfee; however, her claims lose credibility when she also stated that Arbuckle was the sole screenwriter of the film. The script was definitely written by Joseph A. Mitchell, Jean C. Havez and Clyde Bruckman, Keaton's usual team of gag-men from this era. Historians agree there is no credibility to the claim that Arbuckle ever directed so much as a frame of the movie.

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