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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 17 April 1906Corbin, Kentucky, USA
Date of Death 9 January 1987Indian Wells, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameArthur William Silverlake
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

His parents were circus acrobats and he became part of their act. When they changed to vaudeville and wound up in California, he got a job in the movies. The founder of Universal Pictures, Carl Laemmle changed his name to Lake. In silent films he played somewhat dimwitted youngsters, The long-running part of Dagwood in the "Blondie" series pretty much continued the the pattern into adult life. He and Penny Singleton also appeared in a half-hour "Blondie" radio series which ran from 1939 to 1950, airing on CBS, ABC and finally on NBC. The program's stylized opening line, delivered by Bill Goodwin became famous: "Uh-uh-uh. Don't touch that dial. It's time for ...[Lake:] Blond-dee".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Spouse (1)

Patricia Lake (25 July 1937 - 9 January 1987) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (7)

Younger brother of actress Florence Lake.
Began his career as a dancer.
His wife, Patricia Lake, was always introduced as the niece of Marion Davies. After Patricia's death, her will revealed she was instead the love child of Marion Davies and her long-time lover, William Randolph Hearst.
His daughter, Marion Lake, was born in October, 1944.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6646 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
According to author Donald H. Wolfe, Lake was questioned by investigators regarding the famous "Black Dahlia" murder of Elizabeth Short, though charges were never filed. Lake had allegedly met Short when she was volunteering at the Hollywood Canteen.
Had a pet dog in the late 1920s named Bummer.

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