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Ben Turpin (Bernard Turpin)

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Biography

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
First of all, the cross-eyed comedian of silent days was not born that way. Supposedly his right eye slipped out of alignment while playing the role of the similarly afflicted Happy Hooligan in vaudeville and it never adjusted. Ironically, it was this disability that would enhance his comic value and make him a top name.

Ben Turpin was born in New Orleans in 1869, the son of a French-born confectionery store owner. When 7 years old, his father moved to New York's lower East Side. Read more...

Actor

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Character: Cross-Eyed Lackey

The Love Parade 1929

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Character: Waiter in 'What Became of the Floradora Boys' Number

The Show of Shows 1929

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Character: Cross-Eyed Ben

Cracked Nuts 1931

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Character: Himself - Cameo Appearance

Hypnotized 1932

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Character: Himself - the Observer

Hollywood on Parade No. A-1 1932

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Character: Cross-Eyed Plumber

Saps at Sea 1940

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Character: Himself

Slaphappy 2001

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Character: Actor 'His New Job'

Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982

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Character: Actor in Comedy Short

Hollywood 1980

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