Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle — a popular silent star of the 1910s

Roscoe “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. Arbuckle became 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 1921 with Paramount Pictures for one million dollars. His good fortune was short lived however due to three widely publicized trials between November 1921 and April 1922 after being accused for the rape and manslaughter of actress Virginia Rappe. Although he was finally acquitted of all charges Arbuckle was publicly ostracized, his films banned, and he only worked sparingly through the 1920s. He was finally able to return to acting in 1932, making short two-reel comedies for Warner Bros. Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle died in his sleep of a heart attack on June 29, 1933 at age 46, reportedly on the same day he signed a contract with Warner Brothers to make a feature film.

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle

Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle

Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle surrounded by admiring beauties!!

Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle surrounded by admiring beauties!!

Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle (ca. 1920)

Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle (ca. 1920)

Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Mabel Normand in the Keystone short comedy film "Fatty and Mabel Adrift" (1916)

Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and Mabel Normand in the Keystone short comedy film “Fatty and Mabel Adrift” (1916)

Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Buster Keaton in "Bellboy" (1918).

Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and Buster Keaton in “Bellboy” (1918).

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2 Responses to Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle — a popular silent star of the 1910s

  1. Aurora says:

    Very nice. I’ve been wanting to read his story for some time but never get around to it. You’ve rekindled my interest.

    • art says:

      It’s an interesting story. Great comedian and actor whose legacy was almost overshadowed by scandal and dead of a heart attack at the age of 46.
      Thanks for commenting Aurora!!

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