Chester Conklin

Actor, Circus clown, Vaudevillian
This walrus-mustachioed vaudevillian and clown is perhaps best recalled for his early silent work with Mack Sennett, Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand.
Born: 01/10/1886 in Oskaloosa, Iowa, USA

Filmography

Actor (15)

Chaplinesque, My Life and Hard Times 1972 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Big Hand For the Little Lady 1966 (Movie)

Old Man in Saloon (Actor)

Beast With 1,000,000 Eyes 1955 (Movie)

Ben Webber (Actor)

Apache Woman 1954 (Movie)

Mooney (Actor)

Hail the Conquering Hero 1943 (Movie)

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Hail the Conquering Hero 1943 (Movie)

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The Great Dictator 1940 (Movie)

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Every Day's a Holiday 1937 (Movie)

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Modern Times 1936 (Movie)

Mechanic (Actor)

The Phantom of the Opera 1925 (Movie)

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Greed 1924 (Movie)

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Anna Christie 1922 (Movie)

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Yankee Doodle in Berlin 1918 (Movie)

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Tillie's Punctured Romance 1913 (Movie)

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Biography

This walrus-mustachioed vaudevillian and clown is perhaps best recalled for his early silent work with Mack Sennett, Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand.

Relationships

Valda Genessee

Wife
Divorced

Catherine June Gunther

Wife
Met at the Motion Picture Country Home Married June 1965 until his death 1971

Margherita Rouse

Wife
Married 1934 until her death in 1937

Milestones

1966

Final film, "A Big Hand for the Little Lady"

1952

Had regular role in the TV series "Doc Corkle"

1941

Acted in "The Palm Beach Story"

1941

Made uncredited appearance as a bum in "Sullivan's Travels"

1940

Was the mayor in "Li'l Abner"

1940

Reteamed with Chaplin for "The Great Dictator"

1936

Played a mechanic in "Modern Times"

1935

Appeared in "Keystone Hotel"

1933

Had featured role in "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum"

1929

Appeared in "The Virginia"

1928

Portrayed a judge in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"

1928

Acted in "Tillie's Punctured Romance"

1927

Teamed with W C Fields in a handful of Paramount films

1925

Was featured in "The Phantom of the Opera"

1925

Cast in supporting role as ZaSu Pitts' father in "Greed"; footage was cut and remains lost

1923

Had featured role in "Anna Christie"

1920

Starred in the comedy "Lame Brains"

1919

Acted in "Uncle Tom's Cabin"

1914

Appeared in "Tillie's Punctured Romance"

1914

Co-starred with Mabel Normand in "Mabel's Strange Predicament", "Mabel's New Job", "Mabel's Busy Day" and "Mabel at the Wheel"

1913

Film acting debut (as a Keystone Cop) in "Hubby's Job"

Worked as a department store Santa in the 1950s

Began career as a circus clown

Made cameo appearances in several of Preston Sturges' films inclusding "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" (1944)

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