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W.C. Fields

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Name W.C. Fields
Date of Birth January 29, 1880
Profession Actor, Writer, and Director
Net Worth $1-5 Million

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 (who hit him on the head with a shovel), he ran away from home. For a while he lived in a hole in the ground, depending on stolen food and clothing. He was often beaten and spent nights in jail. His first regular job was delivering ice. By age thirteen he was a skilled pool player and juggler. It was then, at an amusement park in Norristown PA, that he was first hired as an entertainer. There he developed the technique of pretending to lose the things he was juggling. In 1893 he was employed as a juggler at Fortescue's Pier, Atlantic City. When business was slow he pretended to drown in the ocean (management thought his fake rescue would draw customers). By nineteen he was billed as "The Distinguished Comedian" and began opening bank accounts in every city he played. At age twenty-three he opened at the Palace in London and played with Sarah Bernhardt at Buckingham Palace. He starred at the Folies-Bergere (young Charles Chaplin and Maurice Chevalier were on the program).

He was in each of the Ziegfeld Follies from 1915 through 1921. He played for a year in the highly praised musical "Poppy" which opened in New York in 1923. In 1925 D.W. Griffith made a movie of the play, renamed Sally of the Sawdust (1925), starring Fields. Pool Sharks (1915), Fields' first movie, was made when he was thirty-five. He settled into a mansion near Burbank, California and made most of his thirty-seven movies for Paramount. He appeared in mostly spontaneous dialogs on Charlie McCarthy's radio shows. In 1939 he switched to Universal where he made films written mainly by and for himself. He died after several serious illnesses, including bouts of pneumonia. You might be interested to know more about W.C. Fields. So, in this article, we discussed all information about W.C. Fields's net worth, wiki, bio, career, height, weight, family, pics, affairs, car, salary, age, and other details in 2024. Without future ado, let's learn more about W.C. Fields.

W.C. Fields Biography

Do you wanna know W.C. Fields's full Biodata? W.C. Fields also known as Bill, and Uncle Claudie was an Actor, Writer, and Director. He was born in on January 29, 1880. He was 144 years old. Take a look at the following table for more information.

Name W.C. Fields
Birthname William Claude Dukenfield
  • Bill
  • Uncle Claudie
  • Bill
  • Charles Bogle
  • Otis Criblecoblis
  • Mahatma Kane Jeeves
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1880-1-29
Birthplace Darby, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of Death 1946-12-25
Deathplace Pasadena, California, USA (stomach hemorrhage)
Aged 144
Country United States
Nationality American
Height 1.7 m
Weight KG
Profession Actor, Writer, and Director

W.C. Fields Net Worth, and Salary 2024

What is the Networth of W.C. Fields? What is the income source of W.C. Fields? We all know that is it almost impossible to say someone's total asset, and how much he or she earns every month. According to the various source, there is an approximate asset that is net worth or net wealth. So what was the networth of W.C. Fields? The net worth of W.C. Fields at the time of death was $1-5 Million.

W.C. Fields Age, and Birthday Info 2024

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How old was W.C. Fields? In this section, we will talk about W.C. Fields's age, and birthday-related info. W.C. Fields's actual age is 144, and birthday is on 1880-1-29. When is W.C. Fields's next birthday? The next birthday of W.C. Fields is on 29 January, 2025.

Birthday January 29, 1880
Name of the Day Thursday
Zodiac Sign (Horoscope) Aquarius
Next Birthday 29 January, 2025
Aged 144 years
Place of Birth Darby, Pennsylvania, USA
Country of Birth United States
Date of death 1946-12-25
Place of death Pasadena, California, USA (stomach hemorrhage)

W.C. Fields's Height, Weight, and Physical Condition

What is the physical condition of W.C. Fields? He is no more. He died on December 25, 1946. The cause of the death of W.C. Fields was stomach hemorrhage. How tall was W.C. Fields? Want to know W.C. Fields's Height Weight in Feet-Inch or Meter-Centimeter? In this section, we discussed height-weight along with eyes and hair colors. height was 1.7 m., and weight was .

  • W.C. Fields's Height: 1.7 m.
  • W.C. Fields's Weight: -

In the below table, you will find the height of W.C. Fields in Meter, Centimeter, and Feet Inche, & the weight in KG and Pound.

Height In Feet Inches: 5'7"
In Meters: 1.7 m.
Weight In Pound: -
In KG: -

W.C. Fields's' Family (Wife, Children, Parents, Siblings, Relatives)

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

Marital Status Married
Spouse(s) Harriet Hughes (8 August 1900 - 25 December 1946) (his death) (1 child)
Parents (Father & Mother) James Lydon Dukenfield, and Kate Spangler

W.C. Fields Facts and Trivia Timeline

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Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 160-163. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387


Is portrayed by Chuck McCann in Mae West (1982) and by Rod Steiger in W.C. Fields and Me (1976)


Although his marriage to Harriet Hughes lasted until his death in 1946, they separated as early as in 1904.


Mentioned in Hit the Ice (1943).


The last movie he starred in, Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941), included a character he had always wanted to have in one of his movies: a young woman (in this case his niece, played by Gloria Jean) who loved him unconditionally.

His much-vaunted aversion to children is generally thought to have been largely put-on. Co-stars Freddie Bartholomew and Gloria Jean both recalled him as being warm and solicitous. Further evidence of this is the case of 18-month old Christopher Quinn. In 1941, the oldest son of Anthony Quinn and Katherine DeMille wandered off his maternal grandparents' (Cecil B. DeMille) property and onto Fields', next door. There the youngster accidentally fell into Fields' fish pond and drowned. Fields was said to have been very much disturbed by this, and moved away shortly thereafter.


Was the second choice to play the title role in The Wizard of Oz (1939). There are still some arguments as to why he turned the part down. Some sources say that he refused to play "The Wizard" because MGM wouldn't pay the salary he wanted, but according to Doug McClelland, author of "Down the Yellow Brick Road", Fields was too busy writing and acting in his latest film for Universal Pictures--You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)--to be loaned out to MGM to play the part.

Legend has it that on the set of You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939), a stagehand was cleaning out Fields' dressing room and accidentally bumped into a table on which Fields had placed a bottle of whiskey. He caught the bottle before it hit the floor, but the cork had popped out and he couldn't find it. He placed the bottle back on the table and left. Fields later came back to the dressing room, and a few minutes afterwards stormed out, roaring "Who took the cork out of my lunch?".


According to film historians, he performed in only one film exactly according to script and as directed. That one was MGM's The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger (1935), in which he co-starred with Freddie Bartholomew, who was only ten years old. Fields admired the Charles Dickens book and wanted desperately to play Mr. Micawber in the movie, so he agreed to forego his usual ad-libs and put aside his distaste at working with child actors.


At the time of his death, he was rumored to be working on a screenplay entitled "Grand Motel", intended as a parody of MGM's 1932 Best Picture Oscar winner Grand Hotel (1932).


He said that The Marx Brothers were the only act he couldn't follow on the live stage. He is known to have appeared on the same bill with them only once, during an engagement at Keith's Orpheum Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, in January 1915. At the time, the Marx Brothers were touring "Home Again", and it didn't take Fields long to realize how his quiet comedy juggling act was faring against the anarchy of the Marxes. Fields later wrote of the engagement (and the Marxes), "They sang, danced, played harp and kidded in zany style. Never saw so much nepotism or such hilarious laughter in one act in my life. The only act I could never follow . . . I told the manager I broke my wrist and quit.".


His son, with wife Hattie, William C. "Claude" Dukenfield, was born on July 28, 1904. He had another son, born on August 15, 1917, with girlfriend Bessie Poole, named William Rexford Fields Morris.


It's still disputed as to the year the comedian was born. Some books list it as 1879 and others reckon 1880.


His wife Harriet Hughes was born in 1878 and died on November 7, 1963.


Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, CA, in the Great Mausoleum, Holly Terrace entrance, Hall of Inspiration.

Had a lifetime disdain for music; this he attributed to having to hear his father's singing day and night as a child, loudest when "the old patriarch" was drunk (companion Carlotta Monti claimed Fields once hit her with a cane, to stop her humming with a guitar). When expected to sing in a role, he almost always made a complete farce of both the lyrics and his performance.

Pictured on a 15¢ US commemorative postage stamp in the Performing Arts and Artists series, issued 1/29/80 (100th anniversary year of his birth).

Grandfather of Ronald J. Fields, who edited a biography titled "W.C. Fields by Himself". The book dispelled many long-standing stories about Fields, including ones of his living for years on the street. Young Fields did indeed run away from home after fights with his father, but usually no farther than his grandmother's, and he would return home the next day. He stayed with his grandmother just before beginning his professional career as a juggler.

Enshrined in the Juggling Hall of Fame.

The lawyer Larsen E. Pettifogger in the comic strip "Wizard of Id" is drawn to look like him.

While stories of his alcohol consumption (and the consequences thereof) were a regular part of his act, and he was rarely seen without a drink at hand, nobody could recall ever actually seeing him drunk, or out of control.

Reportedly had hidden microphones installed along the front walk to his Hollywood home; he would slip into a small room to listen to guests talking as they departed. When someone spoke negatively about him, he would amuse himself by alluding to what they'd said, the next time he saw them.

Stopped drinking for over a year during his career, when a friend died of alcohol-related causes, but eventually went back to it.

His wife Hattie became his partner in his juggling act after their marriage; he sent her home to his parents when she became pregnant. After he returned from the road, they discovered they'd grown apart, but Hattie wouldn't give him a divorce, and when he refused to "find a regular job", she began bad-mouthing him to their young son, William Jr. He predicted that the boy would grow up to see the truth of the situation (he never failed to support his family, however much or little he was earning) and it happened. While father and son rarely saw each other over the years, he was proudly introduced to his first-born grandson (W.C. Fields III) before his death.

Could juggle or balance practically anything he could lift or carry; He unnerved his despised mother-in-law by keeping a lit cigar, a candle (in holder), or a beer bottle balanced atop his head at mealtimes, never seeming to notice its presence.

Although one of his most famous quotes is "Never work with animals or children." he secretly admired children.

Has a medical syndrome named after him--"W.C. Fields syndrome", characterized by rhinophyma (rosacea of the nose) associated with alcoholism.

Grandchildren: Ruthie, Everett, and Bill.

Appears on sleeve of The Beatles' album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".

Slipped a dose of gin into Baby LeRoy's milk bottle during a movie shoot, when the set nurse left for a bathroom break; production had to stop for a day until the child could sober up (Fields reportedly sent money later to LeRoy's family, after the boy's screen career ended and they had financial trouble).

Usually wrote or co-wrote the screenplays to his movies; the aliases he used ("Mahatma Kane Jeeves", "Otis Criblecoblis", etc.) for the writing credits came from the unusual names he encountered on the road, in his vaudeville days.

It was generally assumed that his prominent proboscis was the result of his drinking, an assumption he himself fueled in his comedy. However, it is believed to have actually been a physical characteristic inherited from his mother's side of the family.

Through much of his early career, he was a silent juggler. It wasn't until he was in his mid-30s that be began to add verbal comedy to his act

Was an accomplished amateur cartoonist. He often provided his own illustrations for his publicity material during his vaudeville days, and sent sketches and self-drawn holiday cards to his friends, all his life.

Lived with Carlotta Monti for 14 years.

According to friends, the biggest laugh he ever got as a stage performer was when a monologue he was giving on-stage was interrupted by a long, loud crash of objects backstage. After the crashing stopped, and the audience was silent, Fields gave a one-word comment in a stage whisper: "Mice!"

Although he is quoted as saying that he was "the best ballet dancer in the world", secretly he was extremely jealous of Charles Chaplin, whom he had known when he was younger, for achieving worldwide fame and adoration.

Rock-and-roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis has said on several occasions that Fields is his favorite comedian.

Although well known for his addiction to alcohol today, Fields did in fact rarely touch alcohol until he was in his mid-30s. He began his career in vaudeville as a juggler, and with that profession he could not afford to drink a lot, as his act demanded precise coordination and concentration in order to succeed.

His father was a United States Civil War veteran; "W.C. Fields by Himself" includes a photograph of his father wearing his old Army uniform.

He admired African-Americans, and spoke out in favor of fairer treatment for them during the days of segregation in the United States. He generously paid off the $4000 mortgage on the house of his African-American cook. He once ordered from his premises a man who used the "N-word" within earshot of his staff.

Fields always regretted not having more formal education. He traveled with a trunk of books, reading whenever he could, and thought for a time about hiring a tutor. He lavished praise on "Readers' Digest" magazine, in later years.

He was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 7004 Hollywood Blvd. and for Radio at 6316 Hollywood Blvd.

Inspired the character Captain Erasmus Mulligan in Morris' Lucky Luke graphic novel "Western Circus".

Painter/artist John Decker painted Fields as Queen Victoria of England.

According to Fields' mistress Carlotta Monti in her biography "W. C. Fields and Me", his four rules of comedy were (1) Never break anything. (2) A henpecked husband gets surefire laughs. (3) Clothes are of paramount importance: "every crease, fold, and droop of flesh can be the object of hilarity". (4) Everyone has a percentage of sadist in him.

After being hit on the head by his father, Fields got his revenge by hiding in the rafters of a stable with a large wooden box in his hands. When his father entered the building, Fields dropped it on his head. Following the incident, he ran away from home.

Fields was terrified of slipping back into the poverty of his youth. To forestall this eventuality, he set up dozens of bank accounts across the country under a variety of aliases. Most of the money went unclaimed.

When Louise Brooks was with the Ziegfeld Follies, she was often a drinking companion with Fields after the shows.

In his younger days, he was a tennis hustler. Because of his amazing hand/eye coordination, hardly a game went by when he didn't slice the ball so that it bounced on his opponent's side and then returned before his opponent could get to it. His slices were nearly impossible to return, let alone reach.

Famous Fields character names from his films include T. Frothingill Bellows, Ambrose Wolfinger, Larson E. Whipsnade, Cuthbert J. Twillie, J. Effingham Bellweather, Professor Eustace McGargle, Elmer Prettywillie, Egbert Sousé, Rollo La Rue, Mahatma Kane Jeeves, Otis Criblecoblis and Ouliotta Delight Hemoglobin.

As his drinking worsened, he was able to go on the wagon for almost a year after nearly dying from alcoholism.

He made several highly popular short films before focusing on features full-time.

Owing to his worsening addiction to alcohol, he only made guest appearances in the last films he made. No studio was willing to take a chance by casting him in the lead.

Despite claiming to dislike children, the comedian left a small fortune of his estate to an orphanage.

Reputedly made a ten-minute short called "Hurry, Hurry", but no copy of it is known to exist.

W.C. Fields Educational Qualifications

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FAQs about W.C. Fields

Some FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about W.C. Fields.

  • What was the Net Worth of W.C. Fields?

The Net Worth of W.C. Fields was $1-5 Million.

  • What was the Height of W.C. Fields?

The height of W.C. Fields was 1.7 m.

  • Where was the birthplace of W.C. Fields?

The birthplace of W.C. Fields was Darby, Pennsylvania, USA.

  • What was the Date of Birth of W.C. Fields?

The birthday of W.C. Fields was on 1880-1-29.

  • Was W.C. Fields Married?

The marital status of W.C. Fields was: Married


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