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Roscoe Arbuckle

Roscoe Arbuckle
Personal information
Birth nameRoscoe Conkling Arbuckle
Birth dateMarch 24, 1887
Place of birthSmith Center, Kansas, U.S.
Date of deathJune 29, 1933(age 46)
Death placeNew York City, New York, U.S.
Other namesFatty Arbuckle, William Goodrich
OccupationActor, comedian, director, screenwriter
Years active1909 1933
SpouseMinta Durfee (1908 1925) (divorce)
Doris Deane (1925 1929) (divorce)
Addie Oakley Dukes McPhail (1931 1933) (his death)

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Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" Arbuckle (March 24, 1887 June 29, 1933) was an American silent film actor, comedian, director, and screenwriter. Starting at the Selig Polyscope Company he eventually moved to Keystone Studios where he worked with Mabel Normand and Harold Lloyd. He mentored Charlie Chaplin and discovered Buster Keaton and Bob Hope.

He was one of the most popular silent stars of the 1910s, and soon became one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, signing a contract in 1918 to make $1 million a year.

In 1921, Arbuckle threw a party at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco during the Labor Day weekend. Bit player Virginia Rappe became ill at the party and died days later. Soon, Arbuckle was accused of raping and accidentally killing Rappe, enduring three widely publicized trials for manslaughter. His films were subsequently banned and he was publicly ostracized.

Though he was acquitted by a jury and received a written apology, the trial's scandal has mostly overshadowed his legacy as a pioneering comedian. Though the ban on his films was eventually lifted, Arbuckle only worked sparingly through the 1920s. In 1932 he began a successful comeback, which he briefly enjoyed before his death in 1933.

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