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W.C. Fields (William Claude Dukenfield)

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Biography

Darby, Pennsylvania, USA
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. Read more...

Actor

Character: J. Effingham Bellweather

The Golf Specialist 1930

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Character: Lia's Father

Her Majesty, Love 1931

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Character: Rollo La Rue

If I Had a Million 1932

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Character: Humpty-Dumpty

Alice in Wonderland 1933

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Character: Professor Quail

International House 1933

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Character: Harold Bissonette

It's a Gift 1934

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Character: Sam Bisbee

You're Telling Me! 1934

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Character: The Great McGonigle / Squire Cribbs in 'The Drunkard'

The Old Fashioned Way 1934

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Character: Ambrose Wolfinger

Man on the Flying Trapeze 1935

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Character: Prof. Eustace P. McGargle

Poppy 1936

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Character: T. Frothingill Bellows / S.B. Bellows

The Big Broadcast of 1938 1938

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Character: Larson E. Whipsnade

You Can't Cheat an Honest Man 1939

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Character: Cuthbert J. Twillie

My Little Chickadee 1940

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Character: Egbert Sousé

The Bank Dick 1940

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Character: Santelli Customer

Tales of Manhattan 1942

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Character: Himself

Show-Business at War 1943

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Character: W, C, Fields

Song of the Open Road 1944

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Character: Wilkins Micawber in 'David Copperfield'

The Big Parade of Comedy 1964

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Character: Himself

Slaphappy 2001

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Character: Actor 'The Dentist'

Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982

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Character: Himself

Mae West 0

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Directing

Character: Ambrose Wolfinger

Man on the Flying Trapeze 1935

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Writing

Character: J. Effingham Bellweather

The Golf Specialist 1930

1
Character: Harold Bissonette

It's a Gift 1934

2
Character: Sam Bisbee

You're Telling Me! 1934

1
Character: The Great McGonigle / Squire Cribbs in 'The Drunkard'

The Old Fashioned Way 1934

12
Character: Ambrose Wolfinger

Man on the Flying Trapeze 1935

1
Character: T. Frothingill Bellows / S.B. Bellows

The Big Broadcast of 1938 1938

13
Character: Larson E. Whipsnade

You Can't Cheat an Honest Man 1939

4
Character: Cuthbert J. Twillie

My Little Chickadee 1940

2
Character: Egbert Sousé

The Bank Dick 1940

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