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Victor Potel (1889–1947)

Victor Potel was born in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1889. His first film was in 1910, for Essanay Film Manufacturing Company in Chicago. Potel worked for Essanay in most of the Broncho Billy series, as well as playing a character called "Slippery Sam" in almost 80 movies as well as Universal Pictures' "Snakeville" series. He moved to Universal in 1928... See full bio »

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Sullivan's Travels
Sullivan's Travels Cameraman
The Palm Beach Story
The Palm Beach Story Mr. McKeewie
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
How Slippery Slim Saw the Show


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 1948 Relentless
Barfly (uncredited)
 1947 The Millerson Case
Hank Nixon (uncredited)
 1947 Yankee Fakir
Contest Chairman (uncredited)
 1947 The Farmer's Daughter
Farmer with Destroyed Property (uncredited)
 1947 The Egg and I
Crowbar (as Vic Potel)
 1947 Ramrod
Burch Nellice (as Vic Potel)
 1947 The Devil Thumbs a Ride
Minnie's Old Man (uncredited)
 1947 The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
Prof. Potelle (as Vic Potel)
 1947 Calendar Girl
Fireman (uncredited)
 1947 Meet Mr. Mischief (Short)
Talk Show Host (uncredited)
 1947 The Shocking Miss Pilgrim
Speaker (uncredited)
 1946 Heldorado
Desert Springs Station Agent (uncredited)
 1946 The Return of Rusty
Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
 1946 The Glass Alibi
Gas Attendant (as Vic Potel)
 1946 They Made Me a Killer
Willoughby (uncredited)
 1945 Captain Tugboat Annie
Swenson (as Vic Potel)
 1945 Rhythm Round-Up
Slim Jensen
 1945 Flame of Barbary Coast
Train Fireman (uncredited)
 1945 A Medal for Benny
Pepster (uncredited)
 1945 Strange Illusion
Mac - Game Warden (as Vic Potel)
 1944 Can't Help Singing
Guide (uncredited)
 1944 Goin' to Town (uncredited)
 1944 Kansas City Kitty
Painter (uncredited)
 1944 The Great Moment
First Dental Patient (as Vic Potel)
 1944 Hail the Conquering Hero
Progressive Bandleader (uncredited)
 1944 It Happened Tomorrow
Joe (uncredited)
 1943 Girl Crazy
Station Master (uncredited)
 1943 Wagon Wheels West (Short)
Posse Rider (uncredited)
 1943 The Good Fellows
Branders (uncredited)
 1943/I The Sky's the Limit
Joe - Second Bartender (uncredited)
 1942 The Valley of Vanishing Men
Townsman (uncredited)
 1942 The Palm Beach Story
Mr. McKeewie
 1942 The Man in the Trunk
Deaf Floor Man (uncredited)
 1941 Sullivan's Travels
 1941 Look Who's Laughing
Mr. Bagworthy, the Postman (uncredited)
 1941 Birth of the Blues
Trumpet Player in Beer Garden (uncredited)
 1941 Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
Russian Magistrate Clines (uncredited)
 1941 Nothing But the Truth
Pedestrian (scenes deleted)
 1941 New Wine
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1941 Puddin' Head
Hillbilly (as Vic Potel)
 1941 The Big Store
Swedish Blonde Children's Father (uncredited)
 1941 Ride on Vaquero
Ole (uncredited)
 1941 The Lady from Cheyenne
Lem (uncredited)
 1941 The Devil and Miss Jones
Attendant at First Bath House (uncredited)
 1941 Pot o' Gold
Olaf Svenson (uncredited)
 1941 Las Vegas Nights
Cowboy Onlooker at Slot Machine (uncredited)
 1941 A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob
Bystander Eating Popcorn (uncredited)
 1941 The Lady Eve
Third Ship's Waiter (uncredited)
 1941 Road Show
Rube (uncredited)
 1940 Trail of the Vigilantes
Conductor (uncredited)
 1940 Li'l Abner
Fantastic Brown (as Vic Potel)
 1940 Christmas in July
Davenola Salesman (as Vic Potel)
 1940 The Villain Still Pursued Her
Policeman (uncredited)
 1940 Girl from God's Country
 1940 The Great McGinty
Cook (uncredited)
 1940 Three Faces West
Postman (uncredited)
 1940 Enemy Agent
George (uncredited)
 1940 Young Tom Edison
Mr. Tompkins (uncredited)
 1940 West of Carson City
Ranch Hand Gabby (uncredited)
 1939 Slightly Honorable
Gasoline Station Proprietor (uncredited)
 1939 Chip of the Flying U
Station Agent (uncredited)
 1939 Rovin' Tumbleweeds
Man in Store (as Vic Potel)
 1939 Blondie Brings Up Baby
Lars (uncredited)
 1939 Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence
Ranch Hand (uncredited)
 1939 The Housekeeper's Daughter
Suspect (uncredited)
 1939 Hollywood Cavalcade
Slim - a Counterman (uncredited)
 1939 Second Fiddle
Steve - Crane Operator (uncredited)
 1939 Down the Wyoming Trail
Slim (uncredited)
 1939 Let Freedom Ring
Ole Swensen - 2nd Swede (uncredited)
 1939 Stand Up and Fight
Coach Driver (uncredited)
 1938 On the Great White Trail
Lyons (uncredited)
 1938 The Girl of the Golden West
Lem - Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
 1938 Swing Your Lady
Clem (uncredited)
 1937 Adventure's End
Tall Sailor (uncredited)
 1937 Small Town Boy
Abner Towner
 1937 On Such a Night
Louisiana Sharecropper (uncredited)
 1937 Western Gold
 1937 White Bondage
Luke Stacey (uncredited)
 1937 Married Before Breakfast
Tall Hobo Being Shaved (uncredited)
 1937 A Day at the Races
Horn Blower (uncredited)
 1937 Two Gun Law
 1937 Racing Lady
Mr. Mitchell (uncredited)
 1937 God's Country and the Woman
Turpentine (as Vic Potel)
 1936 Lady from Nowhere
 1936 Laughing at Trouble
Lem Parker (uncredited)
 1936 Arizona Mahoney
Stagecoach Helper Elmer (uncredited)
 1936 Four Days' Wonder
Postman (uncredited)
 1936 The Captain's Kid
Deputy Jake Hutchinson (as Vic Potel)
 1936 We Went to College
Boatman (uncredited)
 1936 Fury
Jorgeson - Barber Shop Customer (uncredited)
 1936 Down to the Sea
 1936 O'Malley of the Mounted
Gabby - the Cook
 1936 Three Godfathers
'Buck Tooth'
 1936 Song of the Saddle
Little Casino
 1936 The Music Goes 'Round
Garage Attendant (uncredited)
 1936 Yellow Dust
Jugger - the Bartender (as Vic Potel)
 1936 The Milky Way
Todd Fight Spectator (uncredited)
 1936 Man Hunt
Townsman Pointing Out Shefiff's Office (uncredited)
 1935 Gun Play
Brawler (uncredited)
 1935 The Fighting Marines
Henchman - Fake Native Chief [Ch. 12]
 1935 The Last of the Clintons
Jed Clinton
 1935 Moonlight on the Prairie
Tall Cowboy (uncredited)
 1935 Barbary Coast
Wilkins (uncredited)
 1935 Shipmates Forever
Radio Fan (uncredited)
 1935 She Couldn't Take It
Farmer (uncredited)
 1935 Waterfront Lady
 1935 The Girl Friend
Small Town Framer (uncredited)
 1935 Trails End
 1935 Western Frontier
Slim (uncredited)
 1935 The Adventures of Rex and Rinty
Kinso, Royal Guard Commander [Chs. 1, 10-12]
 1935 Lady Tubbs
Slim (uncredited)
 1935 Hard Rock Harrigan
'Big' Oscar
 1935 Whispering Smith Speaks
Bill Prouty
 1935 Million Dollar Haul
Schultz - Florist / Henchman (uncredited)
 1935 The Cowboy and the Bandit
Lanky - Henchman (uncredited)
 1935 The Drunkard
Farmer Gates
 1935 Mississippi
Guest (uncredited)
 1935 The Marriage Bargain
Jeff Thompson (as Vic Potel)
 1935 Ruggles of Red Gap
Curly - Cowboy (uncredited)
 1935 Big Boy Rides Again
 1934 Frontier Days
Deputy Tex Hatch (as Vic Potel)
 1934 Thunder Over Texas
Dick (as Vic Potel)
 1934 Inside Information
Rice - Thin Detective
 1934 Twisted Rails
Tom Watson
 1933 Dancing Lady
Worker (uncredited)
 1933 Damaged Lives
 1933 Hallelujah I'm a Bum
The General (uncredited)
 1933 Face in the Sky
Ed Burns, Carnival Patron (uncredited)
 1932 The Purchase Price
Clyde (uncredited)
 1932 Make Me a Star
Actor in 'Wide Open Spaces' (uncredited)
 1932 Partners
Deputy Lem
 1931 Selling Shorts (Short)
 1931 The Squaw Man
 1931 Ten Cents a Dance
Smith, a Sailor
 1931 Scandal Sheet
Reporter (uncredited)
 1930 De frente, marchen
 1930 The Virtuous Sin
 1930 Doughboys
 1930 Paradise Island
 1930 Call of the West
Trig Peters
 1930 The Bad One
 1929 Border Romance
 1928 Captain Swagger
 1928 Melody of Love
The Gawk
 1928/I Lingerie (Short)
Leroy's Buddy
 1927 Two Arabian Sights (Short)
The Drummer
 1927 Special Delivery
Nip - the Detective (scenes deleted)
 1927 Uneasy Payments
Press Agent
 1926 Racing Romance
 1926 The Carnival Girl
 1926 The Lodge in the Wilderness
Goofus (the halfwit)
 1926 Morganson's Finish
Ole Jensen
 1925 Below the Line
'Cuckoo' Niles
 1925 Beyond the Border
Man with Smallpox (as Vic Potel)
 1925 Contraband
George Bogardus
 1925 Rembrandt (Short)
 1925 Ten Days
 1924 A Lost Lady
Ivy Peters
 1924 Along Came Ruth
Oscar Sims
 1924 A Self-Made Failure
Pokey Jones
 1924 The Law Forbids
Joel Andrews
 1924 Women Who Give
Ephraim Doolittle
 1923 The Sheik of Hollywood (Short)
 1923 Reno
Detective McRae
 1923 Anna Christie
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1923 The Elite of Hollywood (Short)
 1923 The Meanest Man in the World
Lute Boon
 1923 Tea: With a Kick!
Bellboy 13
 1923 Itching Palms
The Village Dumbbell
 1923 Penrod and Sam
Town Drunkard (as Vic Potel)
 1923 Modern Matrimony
Junior Rutherford
 1923 Refuge
 1922 Quincy Adams Sawyer
Hiram Maxwell
 1922 The Loaded Door
 1922 A Tailor-Made Man
 1922 Step on It!
Noisy Johnson
 1922 Don't Write Letters
The Lover
 1922 I Can Explain
Will Potter
 1921 One a Minute
Jingo Pitts
 1921 Lavender and Old Lace
Joe Pendleton
 1921 Bob Hampton of Placer
Willie McNeil (as Vic Potel)
 1921 The Hound of Tankervilles (Short)
Philo Gubb
 1921 The Stolen Umbrella (Short)
Phil Gubb
 1920 Billions
 1920 The Heart of a Child
Charley Peastone
 1920 Mary's Ankle
Johnny Stokes
 1920/II Water, Water, Everywhere
Steve Brainard
 1919 In Mizzoura
 1919 A Petal on the Current
Skinny Flint
 1919 The Outcasts of Poker Flat (as Vic Potel)
 1919 The Amateur Adventuress
Gregory Charles Sentel
 1919 Full of Pep
 1919 Captain Kidd, Jr.
Constable Sam
 1918 The Slow Express (Short)
 1918 Who's Your Father? (Short)
Comedy Role
 1918 A Self-Made Lady (Short)
 1918 Shadows of Her Pest (Short)
 1917 His Smashing Career (Short)
 1917 A Milk-Fed Vamp (Short)
 1917 Pete's Pants (Short)
Slippery Slim
 1917 Two Laughs (Short)
 1917 Baseball Madness (Short)
 1917 Hearts and Saddles (Short)
 1917 The Road Agent (Short)
 1916 A Safe Proposition (Short)
A Policeman
 1916 Room Rent and Romance (Short)
Slim Hoover
 1916 His Last Scent (Short)
The Detective
 1916 What Darwin Missed (Short)
Professor Alonzo Bozzle - the Eccentric Zoologist
 1916 Just a Few Little Things (Short)
 1916 Baseball Bill -- Flirting with Marriage (Short)
Olly Olson
 1916 The Three Slims (Short)
 1916 When Slim Picked a Peach (Short)
Slim Hoover
 1916 When a Wife Worries (Short)
Professor Cecil Cimp
 1916 When Slim Was Home Cured (Short)
Mr. Slim
 1916 Love Laughs at Dyspepsia (Short)
Achilles Payne
 1916 The Town That Tried to Come Back (Short)
I.B. Happy
 1916 The Gasoline Habit (Short)
Slim Hoover
 1916 Ain't He Grand? (Short)
Slim Hoover
 1916 Some Heroes (Short)
Slim Hoover
 1916 I'll Get Her Yet (Short)
Slim - the Bellhop
 1916 Hired, Tired and Fired (Short)
Slim Hoover
 1915 Slim Fat or Medium (Short)
Slim Hoover
 1915 Safety First and Last (Short)
Slim Hoover
 1915 When Willie Went Wild (Short)
Slim Hoover
 1915 Bill's Plumber and Plumber's Bill (Short)
Slim Hoover - the Plumber
 1915 When Beauty Butts In (Short)
Slim Hoover
 1915 By Return Male (Short)
 1915 Snakeville's Weak Women (Short)
The City Chap
 1915 The Convict's Threat (Short)
 1915 Versus Sledge Hammers (Short)
The Count
 1915 Broncho Billy's Marriage (Short)
 1915 Broncho Billy Steps In (Short)
 1915 The Bell-Hop (Short)
Slippery Slim
 1915 Sophie and the Fakir (Short)
The Fakir's Assistant
 1915 The Bachelor's Burglar (Short)
 1915 A Bunch of Matches (Short)
 1915 The Revenue Agent (Short)
The Minister
 1915 His Regeneration (Short)
Pawn Shop Clerk (uncredited)
 1915 Ingomar of the Hills (Short)
 1915 A Coat Tale (Short)
 1915 Two Bold, Bad Men (Short)
The Constable
 1915 Broncho Billy and the Vigilante (Short)
A Cattle Owner
 1915 Broncho Billy and the Sisters (Short)
The Minister
 1914 The Tell-Tale Hand (Short)
 1914 Broncho Billy's Wild Ride (Short)
 1914 Broncho Billy Wins Out (Short)
The School Trustee
 1914 Broncho Billy's Fatal Joke (Short)
The Doctor (uncredited)
 1914 Broncho Billy and the Mine Shark (Short)
The Hotel Clerk
 1914 The Good-for-Nothing
Old Clerk
 1914 Broncho Billy's Leap (Short)
 1914 Broncho Billy's Sermon (Short)
The Sheriff
 1914 Pie for Sophie (Short)
 1914 Dan Cupid: Assayer (Short)
 1914 The Atonement (Short)
 1914 The Weaker's Strength (Short)
A Deputy
 1914 A Gambler's Way (Short)
The Bartender
 1914 What Came to Bar Q (Short)
 1914 Broncho Billy and the Bad Man (Short)
The Storekeeper
 1914 A Night on the Road (Short)
 1914 Broncho Billy, Guardian (Short)
 1913 That Pair from Thespia (Short)
Second Actor
 1913 The Three Gamblers (Short)
 1913 A Romance of the Hills (Short)
 1913 Sophie's Hero (Short)
Slippery Slim
 1913 The End of the Circle (Short)
Gambler (uncredited)
 1913 The Last Laugh (Short)
 1913 Broncho Billy Gets Square (Short)
 1913 Broncho Billy's Oath (Short)
 1913 Why Broncho Billy Left Bear County (Short)
The Druggist
 1913 Broncho Billy Reforms (Short)
A Thief
 1913 Hard Luck Bill (Short)
 1913 The Sheriff of Cochise (Short)
The Sheriff of Cochise
 1913 Broncho Billy and the Western Girls (Short)
An Outlaw
 1913 Broncho Billy's Gratefulness (Short)
Dr. Huff
 1913 Broncho Billy's Sister (Short)
 1913 Broncho Billy and the Sheriff's Kid (Short)
 1913 Broncho Billy's Gun Play (Short)
 1912 Broncho Billy's Promise (Short)
 1912 Broncho Billy's Heart (Short)
Cowboy (uncredited)
 1912 An Indian's Friendship (Short)
 1912 The Tomboy on Bar Z (Short)
 1912 The Shotgun Ranchman (Short)
 1912 Alkali Ike Stung! (Short)
 1912 An Indian Sunbeam (Short)
A Cowboy
 1912 Alkali Ike's Pants (Short)
 1912 A Woman of Arizona (Short)
 1912 Broncho Billy for Sheriff (Short)
 1912 The Loafer's Mother (Short)
 1912 Broncho Billy's Pal (Short)
 1912 A Story of Montana (Short)
 1912 On the Cactus Trail (Short)
 1912 The Ranch Girl's Mistake (Short)
 1912 The Biter Bitten (Short)
 1912 The Prospector's Legacy (Short)
 1912 Broncho Billy and the Schoolmistress (Short)
Townsman (uncredited)
 1912 The Oath of His Office (Short)
 1912 Widow Jenkins' Admirers (Short)
 1912 The Loafer (Short)
 1912 The Tenderfoot Foreman (Short)
 1912 A Child of the West (Short)
 1911 Broncho Billy's Adventure (Short)
 1911 Broncho Billy's Christmas Dinner (Short)
Cowboy (uncredited)
 1911 The Desert Claim (Short)
 1911 The Forester's Plea (Short)
 1911 Town Hall, Tonight (Short)
The Tall Schultz Brother
 1911 The Two Fugitives (Short)
 1911 Mr. Wise, Investigator (Short)
 1911 A Hungry Pair (Short)
 1911 Alkali Ike's Auto (Short)
 1911 The Puncher's New Love (Short)
 1911 The Sheriff's Chum (Short)
 1911 Across the Plains (Short)
 1911 On the Desert's Edge (Short)
 1911 The Bad Man's Downfall (Short)
 1911 The Two Reformations (Short)
 1911 The Border Ranger (Short)
 1911 The Count and the Cowboys (Short)
The Count
 1910 The Tenderfoot Messenger (Short)
 1910 A Cowboy's Vindication (Short)
 1910 A Westerner's Way (Short)
 1910 The Silent Message (Short)
 1910 A Cowboy's Mother-in-Law (Short)
 1910 The Bearded Bandit (Short)
 1910 Patricia of the Plains (Short)
 1910 The Tout's Remembrance (Short)
 1910 A Dog on Business (Short)
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Show Show Director (2 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)

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Met his wife, Mildred Pam, when she visited the set of a Snakeville comedy he was making at Essanay Studios in Niles, California, in 1914. Her father, Leopold Pam, was a theater manager, whom she was accompanying the day she met Potel. After a whirlwind courtship, Victor and Mildred were married in San Francisco, and on their return to Niles, the entire staff of the Essanay Company greeted them ... See more »

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