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Joe Frisco (1889–1958)

Frisco made his name on stage as a dancer. Performing dance on the stage, he soon added his stuttering voice to the act and became a popular comedian. Later in his career, he became less of a dancer and more of a storyteller. At one time during his acting career he was earning upwards of $50,000 per year. When he died of cancer, he was virtually ... See full bio »

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Sweet Smell of Success
Sweet Smell of Success Herbie Temple
The Happy Hottentots
The Happy Hottentots Joe / Reese Brother
The Song Plugger
The Song Plugger Joe Frisco
The Gorilla
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 1957 Sweet Smell of Success
Herbie Temple
 1950 Riding High
Joe Frisco
 1947 That's My Man
Willie Wagonstatter
 1945 Shady Lady
 1944 Atlantic City
Joe Frisco
 1940 Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride
 1938 Western Jamboree
Joe Frisco
 1933 Mr. Broadway
Joe Frisco
 1930 The Border Patrol (Short)
Joe Frisco
 1930 The Gorilla
 1930 The Happy Hottentots (Short)
Joe / Reese Brother
 1930 The Song Plugger (Short)
Joe Frisco
 1930 The Benefit (Short)
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Other Works:

Earl Carroll's Vanities (1928). Musical revue. Lyrics by Grace Henry. Music by Morris Hamilton. Based on material by W.C. Fields, Paul Gerard Smith, Joe Frisco, Robert T. Tarrant and Herman Meyer. Additional music by George Bagby, G. Romilli, Michael H. Cleary, George Whiting, Louis Alter, Mario Savino, Jesse Greer, Ernie ... See more »

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Personal Quote:

Hollywood is the only place where you can wake up in the morning and hear the birds coughing in the trees.


Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 171. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

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