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Nat M. Wills (1873–1917)

Nat M. Wills (born Louis McGrath Wills) was a popular stage star, vaudeville entertainer, and recording artist at the beginning of the 20th century. He is best known for his "Happy Tramp" persona and for performing humorous or satirical musical numbers, including parodies of popular songs of the day. Wills' family moved to Washington, D.C. when he ... See full bio »

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Stage Play: Ziegfeld Follies of 1913. Music by Raymond Hubbell. Additional numbers by Gene Buck and Dave Stamper. Based on material by George V. Hobart. Musical Director: Frank Darling. Additional music by Will D. Cobb, Harry Ruby, Earl Carroll and Leo Edwards. Directed by Julian Mitchell. New Amsterdam Theatre: 16 Jun 1913- 6 Sep 1913 (... See more »

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Popular comedian of the Golden Age of Vaudeville, long with the Ziegfeld Follies. His speciality was playing a hobo character. Although his death was erroneously reported as a suicide, what evidence there is suggests that what happened was a tragic accident while he was tinkering with his car. He was found unconscious by the door of his garage, having apparently collapsed and died while trying to... See more »

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