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Legendary actor, Ben Turpin, was born Bernard Turpin on Sep 19, 1869 in New Orleans, LA. Turpin died at the age of 70 on Jul 1, 1940 in Santa Monica, CA .



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

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As a gag, Ben Turpin had his eyes insured by "Lloyd's Of London" in case they might come uncrossed.

Turpin had a reputation as being somewhat argumentative with directors. One day while he was making a film at Sennett Studios, he was giving one director quite a bit of trouble. Exasperated, the director said, "One more word from you, Ben, and I'll uncross your eyes!" (it was commonly believed at the time that a sharp blow to the head could cause crossed eyes to uncross). Terrified of losing his claim to fame, Turpin was compliant for the rest of the day. Mack Sennett himself heard the exchange, and from then on whenever Turpin started acting up on the set, Sennett would make the same "threat", and Turpin would immediately behave himself.

He was not only a popular comedian, but his shrewd major investments in real estate made him one of the richest men in Hollywood.

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