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W.C. FIELDS BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

W.C. Fields was born on January 29th, 1880 in Darby, Pennsylvania with the birth name William Claude Dukenfield.  He was the oldest of five siblings born to parents, James Dukenfield a Kate Felton.  He only attended school for four years and then dropped out to help his father support the family by working as a vegetable salesman. 
 
When he was just eleven years old, he ran away from home as his childhood was too troubling dealing with a father who was an alcoholic and abused him.  Fields would sleep wherever he could find a place, even a hole in the ground.  He would get in lots of fights and never knew day to day if he was going to be safe. 
 
He first found work delivering ice and by the time he turned thirteen he possessed decent skills at playing pool and juggling.  These two skills helped him get hired for work at a local amusement park.  In 1893 he again was offered another opportunity to work in Atlantic City as a juggler.
 
From here on out he began to establish himself as a comedian and by the age of twenty three, Fields was working in London and was starring at the Follies-Bergere.  His first film role was in, "Pool Sharks" (1915) and then between 1915 and 1921, he was in the Ziegfeld Follies so was unable to work on more films for the moment.  When his stage commitment came to an end he starred in the movie, "Sally of the Sawdust" (1925).  This film role was followed by another, "The Old Army Game" (1926).
 
Fields was living in Burbank, California and the majority of the films he worked on were under Paramount Pictures on four short subjects by Mack Sennett between 1932 and 1933.  Majority of the films he worked on would portray characters in roles of card sharps or hustlers.    
 
In 1939, Fields decided to leave Paramount and work with Universal, with whom he did a number of films written by him and for which he starred in as well such as the film, "You Can't Cheat an Honest Man" (1939).  His final film role was, "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break" (1941).  

W.C. Fields married only one time in 1900 to Harriet Hughes with whom he had only one child, William born July 28th, 1904.  They remained legally married, however they had separated early on in the marriage after having their son, but never finalized any type of divorce.  Fields was encouraged by Harriet to settle down and stop touring, but he refused to stop his career therefore he continued to pursue his professional life and would just send child support.  Fields did have another son with a lady named, Bessie Poole, but they never married.  He also lived with Carlotta Monti with whom he met in 1932 and they had a relationship that lasted until his passing.
 
Fields passed away on December 25th, 1946 after suffering from a number of illnesses and losing the fight to Pneumonia in Pasadena, California.  He is interred at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California.   

W.C. Fields was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures and for Radio. 


Filmography

1941 Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
1940 The Bank Dick
1940 My Little Chickadee 
1939 You Can't Cheat an Honest Man 
1938 The Big Broadcast of 1938
1936 Poppy
1935 Man on the Flying Trapeze 
1935 Mississippi
1935 David Copperfield  
1934 It's a Gift 
1934 Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch 
1934 The Old Fashioned Way
1934 You're Telling Me! 
1934 Six of a Kind
1933 Alice in Wonderland 
1933 Tillie and Gus 
1933 The Barber Shop 
1933 International House 
1933 The Pharmacist 
1933 The Fatal Glass of Beer 
1932 The Dentist 
1932 If I Had a Million 
1932 Million Dollar Legs 
1931 Her Majesty, Love 
1930 The Golf Specialist 
1928 Fools for Luck 
1928 Tillie's Punctured Romance
1927 Two Flaming Youths 
1927 Running Wild 
1927 The Potters 
1926 So's Your Old Man 
1926 It's the Old Army Game 
1925 That Royle Girl 
1925 Sally of the Sawdust 
1924 Janice Meredith 
1915 His Lordship's Dilemma 
1915 Pool Sharks   





Matinee Classics - Sally of the Sawdust starring Carol Dempster, W.C. Fields, Alfred Lunt, Erville Alderson, Effie Shannon, Charles Hammond and Roy Applegate
Matinee Classics - The Fatal Glass of Beer starring W.C. Fields, Rosemary Theby, George Chandler and Rychard Cramer
Matinee Classics - Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy with W.C. Fields
Matinee Classics - My Little Chickadee starring Mae West, W.C. Fields, Joseph Calleia, Dick Foran, Ruth Donnelly, Margaret Hamilton, Donald Meek, John Forrest 'Fuzzy' Knight and Willard Robertson
Matinee Classics - My Little Chickadee starring Mae West, W.C. Fields, Joseph Calleia, Dick Foran, Ruth Donnelly, Margaret Hamilton, Donald Meek, John Forrest 'Fuzzy' Knight and Willard Robertson
Matinee Classics - W.C. Fields Shorts
Matinee Classics - Pool Sharks starring W.C. Fields, Marian West and Larry Westford
Matinee Classics - Sally of the Sawdust starring Carol Dempster, W.C. Fields, Alfred Lunt, Erville Alderson, Effie Shannon, Charles Hammond and Roy Applegate
Matinee Classics - The Bank Dick starring W.C. Fields, Cora Witherspoon, Una Merkel, Evelyn Del Rio, Jessie Ralph, Franklin Pangborn, Shemp Howard, Richard Purcell, Grady Sutton, Russell Hicks, Pierre Watkin, Al Hill, George Moran, Bill Wolfe, Jack Norton, Pat West, Reed Hadley, Heather Wilde, Harlan Briggs and Bill Alston
Matinee Classics - The Bank Dick starring W.C. Fields, Cora Witherspoon, Una Merkel, Evelyn Del Rio, Jessie Ralph, Franklin Pangborn, Shemp Howard, Richard Purcell, Grady Sutton, Russell Hicks, Pierre Watkin, Al Hill, George Moran, Bill Wolfe, Jack Norton, Pat West, Reed Hadley, Heather Wilde, Harlan Briggs and Bill Alston


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