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

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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).

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).



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:

Stagehand: [During the Snowflake Serenade, Buster's wiping sweat off] We're supposed to be shivering from the cold.
[Buster starts dancing]
Stagehand: I said shiver, not shimmy!

Revenue Agent: Ungrateful daughter! How dare you strike your father!
Moonshiner's Daughter: I love you!
Alices Father: This is crazy! You beat up my daughter and she jumps into your arms!
Revenue Agent: Look, this is only a two reeler. We don't have time to build up to love scenes.

Revenue Agent: You've proven yourself a hero. You may now marry this beautiful girl.
Revenue Agent: By the way, I forgot to mention that I'm already married.

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Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle Facts
He was one of the very first, if not first person to actually own his films. As the studios, at the time, saw no reason to keep movies, since they would only be shown in cinemas once, Roscoe decided to own the films himself. This has subsequently made his heirs very rich.

Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 11-13. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Arbuckle is the only person to have the three top silent film comedians, Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd appear in supporting roles in his films; Chaplin assists Arbuckle in The Knockout (1914) Lloyd is his co-star in Miss Fatty's Seaside Lovers (1915) and Keaton supported him in at least 14 shorts.

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