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W.C. Fields (1880–1946)

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 ... See full bio »

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It's a Gift
It's a Gift Harold Bissonette
The Bank Dick
The Bank Dick Egbert Sousé
My Little Chickadee
My Little Chickadee Cuthbert J. Twillie


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 1944 Sensations of 1945
W.C. Fields
 1944 Song of the Open Road
W. C. Fields
 1944 Follow the Boys
W. C. Fields
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
Professor Pufflewhistle (Fields sequence) (uncredited)
 1941 Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
The Great Man
 1940 The Bank Dick
Egbert Sousé
 1940 My Little Chickadee
Cuthbert J. Twillie
 1939 You Can't Cheat an Honest Man
Larson E. Whipsnade
 1938 The Big Broadcast of 1938
T. Frothingill Bellows / S.B. Bellows
 1936 Poppy
Prof. Eustace P. McGargle
 1935 Man on the Flying Trapeze
Ambrose Wolfinger
 1935 Mississippi
Commodore Jackson
 1935 David Copperfield
 1934 It's a Gift
Harold Bissonette
 1934 Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
Mr. Stubbins
 1934 The Old Fashioned Way
The Great McGonigle / Squire Cribbs in 'The Drunkard'
 1934 You're Telling Me!
Sam Bisbee
 1934 Six of a Kind
Sheriff John Hoxley
 1933 Alice in Wonderland
 1933 Tillie and Gus
Augustus Winterbottom
 1933 The Barber Shop (Short)
Cornelius O'Hare
 1933 International House
Professor Henry R. Quail
 1933 The Pharmacist (Short)
Mr. Dilweg
 1933 The Fatal Glass of Beer (Short)
Pa Snavely
 1932 The Dentist (Short)
 1932 If I Had a Million
Rollo La Rue
 1932 Million Dollar Legs
The President
 1931 Her Majesty, Love
Bela Toerrek - Lia's Father
 1930 The Golf Specialist (Short)
J. Effingham Bellweather
 1928 Fools for Luck
Richard Whitehead
 1928 Tillie's Punctured Romance
 1927 Two Flaming Youths
Gabby Gilfoil
 1927/I Running Wild
Elmer Finch
 1927 The Potters
Pa Potter
 1926 So's Your Old Man
Samuel Bisbee
 1926 It's the Old Army Game
Elmer Prettywillie
 1925 That Royle Girl
Professor Royle
 1925 Sally of the Sawdust
Professor Eustance McGargle
 1924 Janice Meredith
A British Sergeant
 1915 His Lordship's Dilemma (Short)
The Remittance Man
 1915 Pool Sharks (Short)
The Pool Shark
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Other Works:

Ziegfeld Follies of 1918 (1918). Musical revue. Music by Louis A. Hirsch and Dave Stamper. Based on material by Rennold Wolf and Gene Buck. Lyrics by Wolf and Buck. Interpolations by Irving Berlin and Viktor Jacobi. Musical Direction by Frank Darling. Featuring songs with lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva, Arthur Jackson, Harry Ruby, ... See more »

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3 Biographical Movies | 15 Print Biographies | 20 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 21 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Bill | Charles Bogle | Otis Criblecoblis | Mahatma Kane Jeeves


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite, and furthermore always carry a small snake. See more »


He admired African-Americans, and spoke out in favor of fairer treatment for them during the days of segregation in the United States. He generously paid off the $4000 mortgage on the house of his African-American cook. He once ordered from his premises a man who used the "N-word" within earshot of his staff. See more »


Usually portrayed rather pessimistic, aggressive and suspicious-natured men with great fondness of alcohol. Yet, this same character was at the same time dogged by his wife and he rarely managed to speak up against her. He is remembered for his hatred of children, but did in fact frequently possess great fatherly affection for his daughter.


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