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Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle

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Name Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Date of Birth March 24, 1887
Profession Actor, Director, and Writer
Net Worth $3 Million

Roscoe Arbuckle, the youngest of nine children, reportedly weighed 16 pounds at birth in Smith Center, Kansas on March 24, 1887. His family moved to California when he was one year old. At age 8 he first appeared on the stage. His first part was with the Webster-Brown stock company. From then until 1913, Roscoe was on the stage, performing as an acrobat, a clown, and a singer. His first real professional engagement was in 1904, singing illustrated songs for Sid Grauman at the Unique Theater in San Jose, California at $17.50 a week. He later worked in the Morosco Burbank stock company and traveled through China and Japan with Ferris Hartman. His last appearance on the stage was with Hartman in Yokahama, Japan in 1913, where he played the Mikado.

Back in Hollywood, Arbuckle went to work at Mack Sennett's Keystone film studio at $40 a week. For the next 3-1/2 years he never starred or even featured, but appeared in hundreds of one-reel comedies. He would play mostly policemen, usually with the Keystone Kops, but he also played different parts. He would work with Mabel Normand, Ford Sterling, Charles Chaplin, among others, and would learn about the process of making movies from Henry Lehrman, who directed all but two of his pictures. Roscoe was a gentle and genteel man off screen and always believed that Sennett never thought that he was funny.

Roscoe never used his weight to get a laugh. He would never be found stuck in a chair or doorway. He was remarkably agile for his size and used that agility to find humor in situations. By 1914 he had begun to direct some of his one-reels. The next year he moved up to two-reels, which meant that he would need to sustain the comedy to be successful; as it turned out, he was. Among his films were Fatty Again (1914), Mabel, Fatty and the Law (1915), Mabel and Fatty's Wash Day (1915), Mabel and Fatty Viewing the World's Fair at San Francisco (1915), Fatty's Reckless Fling (1915), and many more. For "Mabel and Fatty Viewing the World's Fair at San Francisco", Keystone took the actors to the real World's Fair to use as background; the studio's cost was negligible, while the San Francisco backgrounds made the picture look expensive.

By 1917 Roscoe formed a partnership with Joseph M. Schenck, a powerful producer who was also the husband of Norma Talmadge. The company they formed was called Comique and the films that Roscoe made were released through Famous Players on a percentage basis, and soon Arbuckle was making over $1,000 a week. With his own company Roscoe had complete creative control over his productions. He also hired a young performer he met in New York by the name of Buster Keaton. Keaton's film career would start with Roscoe in The Butcher Boy (1917). Roscoe wrote his own stories first, tried them out and then devised funny twists to generate the laughs. His comedy star was second only to Charles Chaplin. With the success of Comique, Paramount asked Roscoe to move from two-reel shorts to full-length features in 1919. Roscoe's first feature was The Round-up (1920) and it was successful. It was soon followed by other features, including Brewster's Millions (1921) and Gasoline Gus (1921).

Ufortunately, tragedy struck on Labor Day on September 5, 1921 with the arrest and trial of Roscoe Arbuckle on manslaughter charges. Roscoe with friends Lowell Sherman and Fred Fishback drove to San Francisco where they checked into the St Francis Hotel threw a party and which was crashed by a "starlet" named Virginia Rappe, who fell seriously ill and died three days later from a ruptured bladder. Rappe had accused Arbuckle of raping her prior to passing away, but Rappe had a history of accusing men of rape. The newspapers, led by William Randolph Hearst, used this incident to generate Hollywood's first major scandal. Roscoe was tried not once but three times for the criminal charges; the trials began in November 1921 and lasted until April 1922; the first two ended with hung juries (the mistrial decision in the second trial was reached on February 3, 1922, the day after Arbuckle's friend and fellow Paramount director William Desmond Taylor was found murdered, and Arbuckle was visibly affected by the news). At his third and final trial in April of 1922, the jury not only returned a "not guilty" verdict but excoriated the prosecution for pursuing a flimsy case with no evidence of Arbuckle having committed any crime; it was at this final trial that the jury went further, writing a personal letter of sympathy and apology to Arbuckle for putting him through this ordeal. He kept it as a treasured memento for the rest of his life.

However, Arbuckle's acquittal marked the end of his comedic acting career. Unable to return to the screen, he later found work as a comedy director for Al St. John, Buster Keaton and others under the pseudonym "William Goodrich" (he was inspired to use this pseudonym by Keaton, who suggested Arbuckle use the name "Will B. Good"). In 1932 producer Samuel Sax signed Roscoe to appear in his very first sound comic short films for Warner Brothers, starting with Hey, Pop! (1932). He completed six shorts and showed the magic and youthful spirit that he had a decade before. With the success of the shorts, Warner Brothers signed Roscoe to a feature film contract, but he died in his sleep on June 29, 1933 , at age 46, the night after he signed the contract. You might be interested to know more about Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle. So, in this article, we discussed all information about Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's net worth, wiki, bio, career, height, weight, family, pics, affairs, car, salary, age, and other details in 2024. Continue reading to discover who is Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle.

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle Biography

Do you wanna know Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's full Biodata? Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle also known as Fatty was an Actor, Director, and Writer. He was born in on March 24, 1887. He was 137 years old. Take a look at the following table for more information.

Name Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Birthname Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle
Nickname Fatty
Othername
  • 'Fatty' Arbuckle
  • Fatty Arbuckle
  • Roscoe {Fatty} Arbuckle
  • Roscoe Arbuckle
  • William Goodrich
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1887-3-24
Birthplace Smith Center, Kansas, USA
Date of Death 1933-6-29
Deathplace New York City, New York, USA (heart attack)
Aged 137
Country United States
Nationality American
Height 1.75 m
Weight KG
Profession Actor, Director, and Writer

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle Net Worth, and Salary 2024

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Birthday March 24, 1887
Name of the Day Thursday
Zodiac Sign (Horoscope) Aries
Next Birthday 24 March, 2025
Aged 137 years
Place of Birth Smith Center, Kansas, USA
Country of Birth United States
Date of death 1933-6-29
Place of death New York City, New York, USA (heart attack)

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's Height, Weight, and Physical Condition

What is the physical condition of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle? He is no more. He died on June 29, 1933. The cause of the death of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle was heart attack. How tall was Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle? Want to know Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's Height Weight in Feet-Inch or Meter-Centimeter? In this section, we discussed height-weight along with eyes and hair colors. height was 1.75 m., and weight was .

  • Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's Height: 1.75 m.
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Height In Feet Inches: 5'9"
In Meters: 1.75 m.
Weight In Pound: -
In KG: -

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's' Family (Wife, Children, Parents, Siblings, Relatives)

Do you want to know whether Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle was married or unmarried? Who was the Girlfriend of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle? In this section, we will talk about Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's personal life, life story. As you are curious to know about Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle. We added the information below.

Marital Status Married
Spouse(s)
  • Addie McPhail (28 June 1932 - 29 June 1933) (his death)
  • Doris Deane (16 May 1925 - August 1928) (divorced)
  • Minta Durfee (6 August 1908 - 27 January 1925) (divorced)
Parents (Father & Mother) William Goodrich Arbuckle, and Mollie Arbuckle
Relatives
Other

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle Facts and Trivia Timeline

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2010

Profiled in "American Classic Screen Profiles" by John C. Tibbets and James M. Welch (2010).

2002

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

1992

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith; pg. 21-22. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

1975

A fictionalized version of the events that destroyed Arbuckle's career appears in James Ivory's film The Wild Party (1975) starring James Coco as a silent film star based on the comedian.

1933

In 1933, Arbuckle signed a contract with "Warner Bros." to make a feature length movie. Unfortunately, he passed away in his sleep not long after the contract was signed.

1932

Had started achieving success with a series of short films made by "Warner Bros" in 1932.

1927

In 1927, he was engaged to direct and star a series of comedy shorts for producer Abe Carlos. The films were to be shot in Berlin and distributed internationally, and Arbuckle's then wife Doris Deane was to star with him. The films were never produced, and it's unknown if Arbuckle saw any financial gain from the deal.

1925

Although he divorced his first wife Minta Durfee in 1925, they did in fact separate as early as in 1917.

1924

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.

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.

1921

Was tried three times for rape and manslaughter of Virginia Rappe. The first trial (November 14-December 4, 1921) ended with the jury deadlocked 10 to 2 in favor of acquittal. The second trial (January 11-February 3, 1922) also ended in a hung jury; this time the majority had ruled against Roscoe - 10 to 2 for conviction. The third trial (March 13-April 12, 1922) finally ended with an acquittal after the jury deliberated for less than 5 minutes compared with 43 hours straight in the first trial and 44 hours in the second trial.

At the time of the scandal in 1921, Roscoe Arbuckle was gaining success as a comedian/filmmaker of feature length movies.

1920

Signed a contract for Paramount Pictures in 1920 for $1,000,000.

In 1920 he signed a contract with Paramount Pictures for $1million.

1914

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.

He was the first movie star in America to systematically direct his own films. He directed most of his output from 1914 and onwards.

1913

He was the recipient of the first custard pie to be thrown in a film -A Noise From the Deep (1913) It was thrown by Mabel Normand.

1909

Started his movie career in 1909 with the Selig Polyscope Company. Joined Keystone Studios as a member of the Keystone Kops in 1913.

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Directed under the name William Goodrich. He let it be known that his alternate pseudonym of Will B. Good was evidence of his pledge to walk the straight and narrow.

After his career was ruined, Buster Keaton personally supported him as repayment for giving him his break into film.

Weighed 300 pounds (ca. 135 kilograms) at the height of his career.

Cousin of Andrew Arbuckle and Macklyn Arbuckle. Half-brother of Clyde Arbuckle.

Uncle of actor/comedian Al St. John.

It is often reported that Arbuckle's career as an actor ended with the rape trials and that he died forgotten. In fact, Arbuckle was in the midst of starring in a series of successful shorts and was on his way back up when he died.

An excellent breakdown of the rape/murder scandal is "Frame-Up!: the Untold Story of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle", by Andy Edmonds.

He was the very first actor to be paid a million dollars a year.

A screenplay about his life floated around Hollywood for years but never got sold. At one point, John Belushi was considered for the role, then John Candy, then Chris Farley. All three died suddenly and the script has been shelved indefinitely.

The legend that his box office clout faltered after the scandal is not entirely true. Actually his films were making just as much money as they had been before the scandal, the problem was that with all the scathing headlines about him, studios were reluctant about putting him under contract and so he had problems getting work.

It was written in his contract that his weight remain above 250 pounds and that he would be given a healthy yearly bonus if he exceeded that by 50 to 100 pounds. He kept his weight well over 300 during his career.

Met Buster Keaton accidentally one day while strolling down Broadway in New York City with vaudeville veteran Lou Anger. Anger, who was an old stage acquaintance of Keaton's, introduced them. Arbuckle immediately invited Keaton to visit the Colony Studio where he was about start a series of two-reel comedies for Joseph M. Schenck. The famous duo was thusly formed.

Had a "wonderful" singing voice and was extremely agile.

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

Once owned a quarry in southern California. Two months after he sold the quarry, oil was discovered on the property.

Began his career as an entertainer in vaudeville at age 12 in order to survive, after his mother died and his alcoholic father had abandoned him.

Arbuckle hated the nickname "Fatty" and insisted that his friends and acquaintances always address him by his real first name, Roscoe.

He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6701 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.

Adolph Zukor, who had millions at stake on Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle, phoned San Francisco D.A Matt Brady in an effort to quash the case. It merely outraged Brady who later charged Zukor for having offered a bribe.

He mentored Charlie Chaplin and discovered Ben Turpin.

When Virginia Rappe was found unwell a doctor was called who concluded that she was drunk and gave her morphine to calm her. After 2 days she was hospitalised with a ruptured bladder and died of peritonitis.

Came from a family of nine children.

Despite his size, Arbuckle refused to use his weight as a means of creating comedy.

Was something of a comic mentor to Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

Possessed an uncanny accuracy when throwing pies in his films.

Owing to his considerable legal fees during his court trials, Arbuckle had to sell his luxury mansion.

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The Net Worth of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle was $3 Million.

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The height of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle was 1.75 m.

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The birthplace of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle was Smith Center, Kansas, USA.

  • What was the Date of Birth of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle?

The birthday of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle was on 1887-3-24.

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The marital status of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle was: Married

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