Old comediansby quietgiant2 | created - 19 Jan 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Go<Larry W Mayes>
When I had the idea for this list, I thought in honor
only the silent film comedians, but their careers often
continued in the years 30 and 40.
So I decided to extend the list until 1945.
In fact, Jimmy Durante was already active in the 30s and deserves inclusion. As I opened an exception to just include the excellent Joe De Rita, I'll add another name that you remembered..
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Actress | Mickey
Mabel Normand was one of the comedy greats of early film. In an era when women are deemed 'not funny enough' it seems film history has forgotten her contributions. Her films debuted the Keystone Cops, Charlie Chaplin's tramp and the pie in the face gag. She co-starred with both Chaplin and Roscoe "...
2. Pearl White
Actress | The Perils of Pauline
Born on her father's farm in Green Ridge, Missouri, the youngest of five children. Moved with her family to Springfield, Missouri, where she grew up. Joined the Diemer Theatre Company during her second year of high school, and went on the road with a touring stock company at age 18, in 1907. Signed...
Actress | Mr. & Mrs. Smith
A mining engineer's daughter, blond, blue-eyed Betty Compson began in show business playing violin in a Salt Lake City vaudeville establishment for $15 a week. Following that, she went on tour, accompanied by her mother, with an act called 'the Vagabond Violinist'. Aged eighteen, she appeared on ...
4. Alice Lake
Actress | Should a Woman Tell?
Alice Lake was born on September 12, 1895 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Should a Woman Tell? (1919), Come Through (1917) and The Greater Claim (1921). She was married to Robert Williams. She died on November 15, 1967 in Hollywood, California, USA.
Actor | The General
Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine ...
Writer | The Great Dictator
Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...
7. Max Linder
Actor | Seven Years Bad Luck
Although all too frequently neglected by fans of silent comedy, Max Linder is in many ways as important a figure as Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd, not least because he predated (and influenced) them all by several years and was largely responsible for the creation of the classic ...
8. André Deed
Actor | L'uomo meccanico
Starting his show-business career as a singer and acrobat in French music halls, Deed got in almost at the ground floor of the French film industry, making his debut in 1905. It didn't take him long to become one of France's first major comic film stars, and he soon became internationally famous. ...
Cretinetti and Boireau
Actor | Les femmes collantes
Born in France in 1872, Charles Prince Seigneur had been a stage comedian for years when he made his first films at Charles Pathé's studio in 1909. He quickly became the one film comedian of the time who could compete with Max Linder in terms of popularity, known as Rigadin in France, Moritz in ...
10. John Bunny
Actor | Her Old Sweetheart
When John Bunny died the New York Times stated, "The name John Bunny will always be linked to the movies." Little did movie fans of 1915 realize that he would be completely forgotten the next year and completely omitted from many books on silent movies 70-80 years later.
Bunny was the ninth in a ...
11. Chester Conklin
Actor | Modern Times
Iowa-born Chester Conklin was raised in a coal-mining area by a devoutly religious father who hoped that his son would go into the ministry. However, Chester got the performing bug one day when he gave a recitation at a community singing festival and won first prize. Knowing his father would never ...
Actor | Leap Year
Roscoe Arbuckle, one of nine children, was the baby of the family who weighed a reported 16 pounds at birth. Born in Smith Center, Kansas, on March 24, 1887, his family moved to California when he was a year old. At age eight he appeared on the stage. His first part was with the Webster-Brown Stock...
13. Charley Chase
Actor | On the Wrong Trek
While Charley Chase is far from being as famous as "The Big Three" (Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd) today, he's highly respected as one of the "greats" by fans of silent comedy.
Chase (real name Charles Parrott) was born in Maryland, USA, in 1893. After a brief career in vaudeville,...
14. Harold Lloyd
Actor | The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
Born in Buchard, Nebraska, USA to Elizabeth Fraser and 'J. Darcie 'Foxy' Lloyd' who fought constantly and soon divorced (at the time a rare event), Harold Clayton Lloyd was nominally educated in Denver and San Diego high schools and received his stage training at the School of Dramatic Art (San ...
15. Harry Langdon
Actor | Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
Langdon first performed when he ran away from home at the age of 12-13 to join a travelling medicine show. In 1903 he scored a lasting success in vaudeville with an act called "Johnny's New Car" which he performed for twenty years. In 1923, he signed with Principal Pictures as a series star, but ...
16. Stan Laurel
Actor | Sons of the Desert
Stan Laurel came from a theatrical family, his father was an actor and theatre manager, and he made his stage debut at the age of 16 at Pickard's Museum, Glasgow. He traveled with Fred Karno's vaudeville company to the United States in 1910 and again in 1913. While with that company he was Charles ...
17. Oliver Hardy
Actor | Sons of the Desert
Although his parents were never in show business, as a young boy Oliver Hardy was a gifted singer and, by age eight, was performing with minstrel shows. In 1910 he ran a movie theatre, which he preferred to studying law. In 1913 he became a comedy actor with the Lubin Company in Florida and began ...
18. Ben Turpin
Actor | Yankee Doodle in Berlin
First of all, the cross-eyed comedian of silent days was not born that way. Supposedly his right eye slipped out of alignment while playing the role of the similarly afflicted Happy Hooligan in vaudeville and it never adjusted. Ironically, it was this disability that would enhance his comic value ...
19. Ford Sterling
Actor | Yankee Doodle in Berlin
Ford Sterling was born on November 3, 1883 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA as George Ford Stich. He was an actor and director, known for Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919), The Show-Off (1926) and Wild Oranges (1924). He was married to Teddy Sampson. He died on October 13, 1939 in Los Angeles, California,...
20. Larry Semon
Director | The Show
Slapstick comedian known for his charming, white-painted face and clownish smile, mugged his way to being a very highly paid and popular actor. His career was marred by personal problems, and his fortune was lost to high spending. By the time he died, he'd already been hospitalized for a nervous ...
21. W.C. Fields
Actor | It's a Gift
William Claude Dukenfield was the eldest of five children born to Cockney immigrant James Dukenfield and Philadelphia native Kate Felton. He went to school for four years, then quit to work with his father selling vegetables from a horse cart. At eleven, after many fights with his alcoholic father ...
22. 'Snub' Pollard
Actor | Rollin' Plains
The slight frame (5' 6"), pale, serious countenance, and dark, droopy mustache are unmistakable, definitive identification badges in recalling silent comedian Harry "Snub" Pollard. Born in Australia as Harry Fraser, he joined a vaudeville troupe, which toured the United States around 1910. The ...
23. Lee Moran
Actor | Almost Welcome
Lee Moran was born on June 23, 1888 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Leon George Brown. He was an actor and writer, known for Almost Welcome (1918), The Racket (1928) and The Little Irish Girl (1926). He was married to Esther (Brown) Schinzel. He died on April 24, 1961 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...
24. Mack Sennett
Producer | The Good-Bye Kiss
Mack Sennett was born Michael Sinnott on January 17, 1880 in Danville, Quebec, Canada, to Irish immigrant farmers. When he was 17, his parents moved the family to East Berlin, Connecticut, and he became a laborer at American Iron Works, a job he continued when they moved to Northampton, ...
25. James Finlayson
Actor | Way Out West
Alongside Ben Turpin, diminutive Scots-born Jimmy Finlayson was, arguably, the most instantly recognisable of the many clowns of silent screen slapstick who made their living as comic foil to stars like Laurel & Hardy, or Harold Lloyd. The perpetually exasperated, squinting, bald-pated master of ...
26. Georges Méliès
Director | À la conquête du pôle
Georges Méliès was a French illusionist and film director famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema.
Méliès was an especially prolific innovator in the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, ...
27. Al St. John
Actor | Billy the Kid Trapped
Al St. John was born on September 10, 1893 in Santa Ana, California, USA as Alfred St. John. He was an actor and director, known for Billy the Kid Trapped (1942), Outlaws of the Plains (1946) and Moonlight on the Range (1937). He was married to Flo-Bell Moore, Yvonne June Villon Price Pearce (...
28. Mack Swain
Actor | The Gold Rush
Mack Swain was born in 1876 and soon became a talented vaudevillian. In 1913 he was hired by Mack Sennett and appeared in a few Mabel Normand pictures until a year later he became even bigger when 'Charlie Chaplin' arrived at the Keystone Studio. Swain later created a character by the name of ...
29. Bobby Vernon
Actor | Bulldog Drummond
Bobby Vernon was born in the U.S. in 1897, was trained in Vaudeville and became a talented comic in the silent era. He began working in 1913, appearing in Lon Chaney's Almost an Actress (1913) and later worked for Mack Sennett, who teamed him up with young Gloria Swanson in 9 comedies between 1916 ...
30. Vivien Oakland
Actress | The Florodora Girl
This vivacious, platinum-blonde leading lady of silent screen comedy was a former Ziegfeld Girl (under her birth name 'Anderson'). The daughter of Norwegian immigrants, she appeared in vaudeville from early childhood and began in films in 1915. Two years later she made her debut on Broadway. From ...
31. Alice Davenport
Actress | The Dude Wrangler
Alice was a silent screen comedic actress. She worked in a number of Keystone films and also appeared in the early films that Chaplin did. Other actors that Alice worked with who went on to become big stars were Mabel Normand and Marie Dressler. Alice was married and divorced from Broadway actor ...
32. Louise Fazenda
Actress | The Bat
When top silent screen comedienne Mabel Normand would gripe to Mack Sennett about making classier films, Sennett's retort would always be, "I'll send for Fazenda." This gawky, highly popular slapstick funny girl put in her time first in two-reelers and Universal's Joker Comedies from 1913 on, but ...
Soundtrack | La Môme
Mistinguett was born on April 3, 1875 in Enghien-les-Bains, Val-d'Oise, France as Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois. She was an actress, known for La Vie En Rose (2007), Chignon d'or (1916) and Rigolboche (1936). She died on January 5, 1956 in Bougival, Yvelines, France.
Elsie LeClaire in USA
34. Charles Murray
Actor | Vamping Venus
Charles Murray was born on June 22, 1872 in Laurel, Indiana, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Vamping Venus (1928), Around the Corner (1930) and Mike (1926). He was married to Nellie Bae Hamilton. He died on July 29, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Director | The Valiant Rider
Charley Bowers led an extraordinary life even prior to getting involved with motion pictures. Supposedly kidnapped by circus performers at age six, he became an accomplished tightrope walker before returning home two years later. He did all types of work over the years, including circus jobs, ...
36. Will Rogers
Actor | Judge Priest
World-famous, widely popular American humorist of the vaudeville stage and of silent and sound films, Will Rogers graduated from military school, but his first real job was in the livestock business in Argentina, of all places. He transported pack animals across the South Atlantic from Buenos Aires...
37. Vernon Dent
Actor | The Shadow
Familiar to many as the frustrated cop, businessman or landlord in countless two-reel comedies by The Three Stooges, Vernon Dent got his start in show business as a member of a singing troupe traveling in Southern California in the early 1920s. He was befriended by comedian Hank Mann, a member of ...
38. Slim Summerville
Actor | All Quiet on the Western Front
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1892, rustic-looking George "Slim" Summerville possessed one of those malleable mugs that made you laugh even before he opened his mouth. Young Slim ran away from home as a youth and lived a rather wanderlust life until a chance meeting with Mack Sennett through ...
39. Lloyd Hamilton
Actor | A Self-Made Failure
Being one of numerous important comedians during the silent era whose popularity has turned into almost complete obscurity, Lloyd Hamilton has nevertheless earned a reputation as an original talent among film historians and enthusiasts. Born into a conservative middle-class family in California, ...
40. Max Davidson
Actor | A Daughter of the Poor
Max Davidson was born on May 23, 1875 in Berlin, Germany. He was an actor, known for A Daughter of the Poor (1917), Don Quixote (1915) and The Rag Man (1925). He was married to Alice Marti. He died on September 4, 1950 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
41. Mae Busch
Actress | Sons of the Desert
Mae Busch can certainly claim career versatility, having successfully played Erich von Stroheim's mistress, Lon Chaney's girlfriend, Charley Chase's sister, James Finlayson's ex-wife and Oliver Hardy's wife! She was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1891; her parents were in the theater and when she...
42. Edna Marion
Actress | The Still Alarm
Edna Marion was born on December 12, 1906 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Edna Hannam. She was an actress, known for The Still Alarm (1926), Romance of the West (1930) and Readin', 'Ritin', 'Rithmetic (1926). She was married to Herbert P. Naisbitt and William E. Paxson. She died on December 2, 1957 in...
43. Edna Murphy
Actress | Leatherstocking
Like many another pretty girl, Edna Murphy got to Hollywood via modeling. She was a top New York photographer's model when she made her film debut in 1918. By 1920 she had worked her way up to starring roles, and Fox put her in a serial, Fantomas (1920), that was quite well received. She made films...
44. Ossi Oswalda
Actress | Amor am Steuer
Ossi Oswalda was born Oswalda Staglich on February 2, 1899 in Berlin, Germany. She trained to be a ballerina and worked in chorus lines when she was a teenager. Director Ernst Lubitsch discovered her and cast her in his 1916 film The Shoe Palace. Over the next five years she appeared in many of ...
45. Karl Valentin
Actor | Donner, Blitz und Sonnenschein
Karl Valentin was born on June 4, 1882 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany as Valentin Ludwig Fey. He was an actor and writer, known for Donner, Blitz und Sonnenschein (1936), The Jolly Vagabonds (1912) and Der verhexte Scheinwerfer (1934). He was married to Gisela Royes. He died on February 9, 1948 in ...
46. Ferenc Futurista
Actor | Ferenc se zení
Ferenc Futurista was born on December 7, 1891 in Prague, Austria-Hungary as Frantisek Fiala. He was an actor and writer, known for Ferenc se zení (1918), Za oponou smrti (1923) and Osálená komtesa Zuzana (1918). He died on June 19, 1947 in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
47. Bobby Ray
Director | Dugan of the Dugouts
Bobby Ray was born on October 6, 1899 in New York, USA as Wilhelm Robert McBain Fuehrer. He was an assistant director and actor, known for Dugan of the Dugouts (1928), Riley of the Rainbow Division (1928) and Flame of the West (1945). He was married to Doris Storck. He died on March 26, 1957 in Los...
48. Hank Mann
Actor | Modern Times
Hank Mann was born on May 28, 1887 in New York City, New York, USA as David William Lieberman. He was an actor and director, known for Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940) and City Lights (1931). He was married to Dolly Myers Robinson, Rae Max and Estelle. He died on November 25, 1971 in ...
49. Frank Alexander
Actor | The Wizard of Oz
Frank "Fatty" Alexander was an obese comedian who appeared in silent one- and two-reel slapstick comedies as a side-kick before co-starring with two other heavyweights, Hilliard Karr and 'Kewpie Ross' in F.B.O.'s low-budget "Ton of Fun" series at the end of the silent era. Born in Olympia, ...
50. Harry Sweet
Director | Rhythms of a Great City in Minor
Harry Sweet was born in Teller County, Colorado, in 1901 and moved with his family to Reno, Nevada, in 1916. While in high school he was a movie projectionist for several theaters in the city. He also was a talented acrobat.
He arrived in Hollywood in 1919 and immediately went to work as an actor ...
51. Syd Chaplin
Actor | King, Queen and Joker
Syd Chaplin was born on March 16, 1885 in London, England as Sydney Hawkes. He was an actor and director, known for King, Queen and Joker (1921), The Better 'Ole (1926) and A Lover's Lost Control (1915). He was married to Gypsy and Minnie Chaplin. He died on April 15, 1965 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes,...
52. Billie Ritchie
Actor | Poor Policy
Billie Ritchie was born in Scotland in 1874 and joined the world-renowned Karno Fun Factory and Comedy Troupe traveling the world with Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel, among others. In 1914 he left Karno and began making silent films for director Henry "Pathe" Lehrman's L-Ko Comedy studios and then...
Chaplin borrowed her baggy trousers and his coconut hat to make up the character Carlito
53. Fred Mace
Director | Without Hope
Mace was a dentist from Erie, Pennsylvania who at one point did some stage stock work for Mack Sennett. Heading west, he worked for Carl Laemmle and Thomas H. Ince before settling back with Sennett. After achieving success as the Chief of the Keystone Kops, he quit Sennett and opened his own ...
54. Monty Banks
Actor | Horse Shoes
Monty Banks was a short, stocky but somehow debonair Italian-born comic actor, later also writer and director. In the US from 1914, he first appeared on stage in musical comedy and cabaret. By 1917 he was working as a dancer in New York's Dominguez Cafe. After this he turned to films, acting and ...
55. Hallam Cooley
Actor | The Monster
Hallam Cooley was born on February 8, 1895 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Lindsley Hallam Burr. He was an actor, known for The Monster (1925), Holiday (1930) and Frisco Jenny (1932). He was married to Doris McMahon, Elizabeth Bates and Edna Clara Kemp. He died on March 20, 1971 in Tiburon, ...
56. Neely Edwards
Actor | Show Boat
Neely Edwards was born on September 16, 1883 in Delphos, Ohio, USA as Cornelius Limbach. He was an actor and writer, known for Show Boat (1929), Scarlet Pages (1930) and Made for Love (1926). He was married to Marguerite Snow. He died on July 10, 1965 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
57. Margaret Joslin
Actress | The Coming of Sophie's 'Mama'
Margaret Joslin was born on August 6, 1883 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Margaret Lucy Gosling. She was an actress, known for The Coming of Sophie's 'Mama' (1914), Sophie's Homecoming (1915) and Snakeville's Weak Women (1915). She was married to Harry Todd. She died on October 14, 1956 in Glendale, ...
58. Mildred Davis
Actress | Safety Last!
Mildred Davis was born on February 22, 1901 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Mildred Hillary Davis. She was an actress, known for Safety Last! (1923), A Sailor-Made Man (1921) and Never Weaken (1921). She was married to Harold Lloyd. She died on August 18, 1969 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
59. Anita Garvin
Actress | Blotto
Anita Frances Garvin was born in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York, the youngest of 3 children to Ann Frances Donovan, who was half Irish and half Blackfoot Indian, and Edward Garvin, an engineer who was killed in an accident when Anita was 6. By the age of 12 she was 5' 6", enabling her to pass ...
60. Katherine Grant
Actress | Wild Papa
Katherine Grant was born on May 1, 1904 in Los Angeles, California. Her parents divorced and her father passed away in 1921. At the age of eighteen she won the Miss Los Angeles beauty contest and competed in the Miss America pageant. Katherine worked as a professional dancer and to make extra money...
61. Glenn Tryon
Actor | Lonesome
Glenn Tryon was born on August 2, 1898 in Julietta, Idaho, USA as Glenn Monroe Kunkel. He was an actor and writer, known for Lonesome (1928), The Secret Menace (1931) and Hot Heels (1927). He was married to Jane Frazee and Lillian Hall. He died on April 18, 1970 in Orlando, Florida, USA.
62. Johnny Hines
Actor | Whistling in the Dark
Johnny Hines was born on July 25, 1895 in Golden, Colorado, USA as John F. Hines. He was an actor and director, known for Whistling in the Dark (1933), Little Johnny Jones (1923) and Stepping Along (1926). He was married to Irma Warner. He died on October 24, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
65. Edgar Kennedy
Actor | Duck Soup
Edgar Kennedy, who was born on April 26, 1890, near Monterey, California, hit the road as a young man and traveled across the country, working in a succession of jobs. He became a professional boxer, claiming to have gone 14 rounds against The Manassas Mauler, Jack Dempsey.
In addition to his ...
66. Jack Cooper
Actor | Taxi Spooks
Jack Cooper was born on January 25, 1890 in Stockport, England as Frank B. He was an actor, known for Taxi Spooks (1929), The Carnival Girl (1926) and Midnight Daddies (1930). He was married to Adella Louise Anthes. He died on January 12, 1970 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
68. Lew Fields
Lew Fields was born on January 1, 1867 in New York City, New York, USA as Moses Schanfield. He was an actor, known for The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939), The Barker (1917) and The Delicatessen Shop (1915). He was married to Rose Harris. He died on July 20, 1941 in Beverly Hills, Los ...
69. Ernest Morrison
Actor | Ghosts on the Loose
"Sunshine Sammy" Morrison was most famous as one of the Dead End Kids/East Side Kids, but he was probably the most experienced actor of that group. Morrison made his film debut while still an infant; his father worked for a wealthy Los Angeles family that had connections in the film industry, and ...
70. James Parrott
Director | Pardon Us
Hal Roach hired him in the early 20's as a comedian called Paul Parrott but his talent was as a film director. He was also a good writer turning out many scripts for Laurel and Hardy and directed 22 of their films, more than any other of their directors. His first film with them was the silent ...
71. Billy Bevan
Actor | Another Dawn
Billy Bevan's show-business career began in his native Australia, with the Pollard theatrical organization. The company had two theater troupes, one which toured Asia and the other traveling to North America. Bevan wound up in the latter, performing in skits and plays all over Canada and Alaska ...
72. Billy Bletcher
Director | The Wild Girl
Billy Bletcher, standing 5' 2", was known as the little guy with the big voice, who, ironically, started his film career during the silent era.
Billy's show business career began in 1913 at the age of 19 in vaudeville, and within a year, he went to work for Vitagraph Studios in Brooklyn where he ...
73. Billy Franey
Actor | When Damon Fell for Pythias
William 'Billy' Franey was a leading comic character actor of dishevelled appearance and fuzzy moustache, usually in a suit a couple of sizes too big. His screen career began around 1913, with leads in the 'Joker' comedy series released by Universal. He was co-starred with Louise Fazenda (until her...
74. Bobby Dunn
Actor | His Busted Trust
Bobby Dunn was born on August 28, 1890 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Robert V. Dunn. He is known for his work on His Busted Trust (1916), The Canyon of Missing Men (1930) and Trails of Danger (1930). He died on March 24, 1937 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
75. Bert Roach
Actor | So Long Letty
Chubby silent film comic Bert Roach began on the New York stage at the age of 17. In 1911, he headlined in the two-act musical farce Louisiana Lou and then spent several years in stock as a lead tenor. Two years later, he made his screen debut at Keystone in Mack Sennett's Fatty's Magic Pants (1914)...
77. Phyllis Haver
Actress | The Midnight Express
Phyllis Haver was born Phyllis O'Haver on January 6, 1899, in Douglas, KS. When she was a child her family moved to California. Young Phyllis got a job playing piano at a local movie theater. Producer Mack Sennett saw her and hired her to be one of his "Sennett Bathing Beauties". Between 1916-20 ...
78. Phyllis Allen
Actress | White Youth
Getting her show business start in vaudeville, Phyllis Allen's large physique and excellent timing made her a natural for film comedies, and she appeared in many of Mack Sennett's slapstick films. She also appeared in several of Charles Chaplin's movies, and was often paired with equally hefty ...
79. Flora Finch
Actress | The Cat and the Canary
Flora Finch was born in London, England, on June 17, 1867. After spending time on the legitimate stage, she began to make films, and was one of the early comedy stars of the silent-film era. Her first film was Mrs. Jones Entertains (1909). After making nine more films she began appearing with ...
80. Fay Tincher
Actress | Don Quixote
Often compared in looks and ability to Mabel Normand, lively, dark-haired comedienne Fay Tincher began as a vaudeville and musical comedy actress. Though she had operatic aspirations at the outset, Fay settled on an acting career. She first appeared on the Chicago stage while still finishing her ...
81. Minta Durfee
Actress | The Water Dog
Early silent screen comedienne Araminta Durfee started out as a chorus girl and began her career on stage in 1908 in musical revues. In August of that year she married comedian Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle. In 1914, both players entered the fledgling film industry with Mack Sennett and were soon paired ...
83. Eric Campbell
Actor | The Vagabond
Campbell was born in Sale, Cheshire on 26th April 1880 and began acting as a boy. He married fellow music hall performer Fanny Gertrude Robotham on March 30, 1901 and was later hired by English music hall impresario Fred Karno for his "Fun Factory" comedy troupes that featured other comics like a ...
84. Joe Roberts
Actor | Our Hospitality
Joe Roberts was born on February 2, 1871 in Albany, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Our Hospitality (1923), The Primitive Lover (1922) and Three Ages (1923). He was married to Nina Mildred Straw Shannon and Lillian Stuart Feld Roberts. He died on October 28, 1923 in Los Angeles, ...
85. Josef Swickard
Actor | You Can't Take It with You
A veteran stage and screen actor, Swickard was the brother of actor Charles Swickard. He entered films in 1912 and was playing supporting roles for Mack Sennett by 1914. He remained with Sennett until 1917 when he started numerous aristocratic roles in films. His career in sound films was somewhat ...
86. Glen Cavender
Actor | The General
Glen Cavender was born on September 19, 1883 in Tucson, Arizona, USA. He was an actor and director, known for The General (1926), The Man from Brodney's (1923) and The Lion and the Girl (1916). He was married to Hazel Chene. He died on February 9, 1962 in Hollywood, California, USA.
88. Lige Conley
Actor | Casey Jones, Jr.
Lige Conley was born on December 5, 1897 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Elijah Crommie. He was an actor and writer, known for Casey Jones, Jr. (1923), King of the Kitchen (1926) and Sally, Irene and Mary (1938). He died on December 11, 1937 in Hollywood, California, USA.
89. Lupino Lane
Actor | The Love Parade
Lupino 'Nipper' Lane was one of the few English actors to achieve fame in Hollywood in the 20's. He was a descendant of the clown Grimaldi, who, it was said, was the first to use concealed trap doors for comic effect., Lupino carried on that tradition and had many years of stage experience from his...
90. Charlie Hall
Actor | A Chump at Oxford
Born in Birmingham, England, Charlie Hall was a member of the famed Fred Karno vaudeville troupe, which gave the world Charles Chaplin and Stan Laurel. Hall arrived in the U.S. in the early 1920s, after Chaplin and Laurel, and entered films playing a foil for many of the era's top comics. He is ...
91. Marjorie Beebe
Actress | The Fighting Deputy
Marjorie Beebe grew up in Missouri before coming to California as a teenager with her mother. By 1924 she had been hired by Universal but it was only when she joined Fox that her career took off. Her talent for comedy became apparent. She played support in a number of Fox features before being ...
93. Gale Henry
Eccentric, big-nosed, lugubrious-faced purveyor of silent screen slapstick, at one time billed as 'the elongated comedienne'. She was even suggested to have served as the model for 'Olive Oyl' of Popeye comic strip fame. An actual cartoon version of her was in fact featured in the British ...
94. Leon Errol
Actor | Higher and Higher
Leon Errol was born on July 3, 1881 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Leonce Errol Simms. He was an actor, known for Higher and Higher (1943), The Girl from Mexico (1939) and The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944). He was married to Stella Bertha Nelson (aka Stella Chatelaine, dancer). He died ...
96. Anne Cornwall
Actress | Dulcy
Anne Cornwall was born on January 17, 1897 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Dulcy (1923), College (1927) and The Roughneck (1924). She was married to Ellis Wing Taylor and Charles Maigne. She died on March 2, 1980 in Van Nuys, California, USA.
97. Elsa Lanchester
Actress | Witness for the Prosecution
Elsa Sullivan Lanchester was born into an unconventional a family at the turn of the 20th century. Her parents, James "Shamus" Sullivan and Edith "Biddy" Lanchester, were socialists - very active members of the Social Democratic Federation (SDF) in a rather broad sense and did not believe in the ...
98. Bobby Clark
Actor | Kraft Television Theatre
Famed vaudeville comedian Bobby Clark was born in Springfield, Ohio on June 16, 1888. When he was 12 years old, Bobby and his classmate Paul McCullough created a tumbling act that they took on the road. The duo toured with a traveling minstrel troupe before joining a circus as clowns. The clown act...
99. Hilliard Karr
Actor | Love in the Desert
Hilliard "Fat" Karr was an obese comedian who appeared in silent two-reel slapstick comedies with two other heavyweights, Frank Alexander and 'Kewpie Ross', in F.B.O.'s low-budget "Ton of Fun" series at the end of the silent era.
Hailing from Houston, Texas, Hilliard Karr made his motion picture ...
100. Marcel Perez
Actor | The Tenderfoot
Marcel Perez was born in 1885 in Madrid, Spain as Marcel Fernández Peréz. He was an actor and director, known for The Tenderfoot (1919), He Wins (1918) and It's a Great Life (1918). He was married to Dorothy Earle. He died on February 8, 1929 in Los Angeles, California, USA.