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Fred Karno (1866–1941)

Fred Karno was born on March 26, 1866 in Exeter, England as Fred John Westcott. He was a writer and actor, known for Early Birds (1923), The Bailiffs (1932) and My Old Duchess (1934). He was married to Marie T. L. Moore and Edith Cuthbert. He died on September 18, 1941 in Dorset, England. See full bio »

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Known For

Early Birds
Early Birds Writer
The Bailiffs
The Bailiffs Writer
My Old Duchess
Mother, Don't Rush Me


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 1940 Jailbirds (sketch)
 1936 Mother, Don't Rush Me (sketch)
 1934 My Old Duchess (sketch Mumming Bird)
 1933 Post Haste (Short) (writer)
 1933 Sign Please (Short) (music hall sketch: The Salesmen)
 1933 Tooth Will Out (Short) (writer)
 1932 The Bailiffs (Short) (story)
 1923 Jail Birds (Short) (sketch)
 1923 Mumming Birds (Short) (sketch)
 1923 Early Birds (Short) (sketch)
 1907 At the Music Hall (Short) (vaudeville sketch)
 1905 A Raid on a Club (Short) (sketch)
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 1932 The Bailiffs (Short)
Man in street (uncredited)
 1923 Early Birds (Short)
The Jew
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 1936 Mother, Don't Rush Me (producer)
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 1996 Chaplin's Goliath (Documentary)
 1989 Charlie Chaplin's 100 Years: Our Charlie (TV Movie documentary)

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Personal Quote:

When in doubt, fall on your arse.


Karno was the founder and head of The Karno Company, a famous leading British comedy theatrical touring company in the early Twentieth Century. His players included Charles Chaplin, his brother Syd Chaplin, and Stan Laurel. See more »

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