Roscoe Ates (1895–1962)

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Roscoe Ates was born on January 20, 1895 in Grange, Mississippi, USA as Roscoe Blevel Ates. He was an actor, known for Freaks (1932), Wild West (1946) and The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1938). He was married to Beatrice Heisser, Barbara Ray and Clara C. Adrian. He died on March 1, 1962 in Hollywood, California, USA. See full bio »

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Wild West Soapy Jones
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 1961 The Errand Boy
Ralph - Prop Man (uncredited)
 1961 Whispering Smith (TV Series)
Sheriff Ben Stanley
- Three for One (1961) ... Sheriff Ben Stanley (as Rosco Ates)
 1961 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
 1961 The Silent Call
 1961 The Ladies Man
Pet Shop Owner
 1960-1961 Outlaws (TV Series)
Old Timer / Bartender
- Sam Bass (1961) ... Old Timer (uncredited)
- The Rape of Red Sky (1960) ... Bartender
 1961 The Untouchables (TV Series)
- Augie 'The Banker' Ciamino (1961) ... Drunk
 1958-1960 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Barber / Lew Long / Old Timer
- Man from Medora (1960) ... Barber (as Rosco Ates)
- MacBrewster the Bold (1959) ... Lew Long (as Rosco Ates)
- A Wreath for Charity Lloyd (1958) ... Old Timer (uncredited)
 1958-1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Zack Martin / Piano Player / Tavern Customer / ...
- Outlaw in Town (1960) ... Zack Martin (as Rosco Ates)
- The Little Man Who Was There (1960) ... Piano Player (as Rosco Ates)
- Road Hog (1959) ... Tavern Customer
- And the Desert Shall Blossom (1958) ... Ben White
- The Jokester (1958) ... Pop Henderson
 1960 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
- Par-a-kee (1960) ... Clem (uncredited)
 1959-1960 Maverick (TV Series)
Albert / Joe the Barber / Kibitzer / ...
- Hadley's Hunters (1960) ... Albert
- Two Tickets to Ten Strike (1959) ... Joe the Barber
- Two Beggars on Horseback (1959) ... Kibitzer
- Gun-Shy (1959) ... Barfly
 1959-1960 Lawman (TV Series)
Ike Jenkins / Ike - Townsman / Old Timer
- Man on a Mountain (1960) ... Ike Jenkins (as Rosco Ates)
- The Stranger (1960) ... Ike Jenkins
- The Breakup (1959) ... Ike Jenkins (as Rosco Ates)
- The Exchange (1959) ... Ike Jenkins
- The Friend (1959) ... Ike Jenkins
 1960 Shotgun Slade (TV Series)
Lou Nugget
- The Fabulous Fiddle (1960) ... Lou Nugget (as Rosco Ates)
 1960 Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series)
Deputy Boak
- The Missing Queen (1960) ... Deputy Boak
 1960 Man with a Camera (TV Series)
- Hot Ice Cream (1960) ... Fenton
 1959 Cissie (TV Movie)
 1958-1959 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Spoon / Flanny - Typesetter
- Long Odds (1959) ... Spoon
- The Newspaper (1958) ... Flanny - Typesetter
 1958-1959 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Joe - Bartender / Old Timer
- The Clara Duncan Story (1959) ... Joe - Bartender (uncredited)
- The Sacramento Story (1958) ... Old Timer
 1959 Buckskin (TV Series)
- A Well of Gold (1959) ... Harrison
 1959 State Trooper (TV Series)
Dusty Peabody
- The Man from Solitary (1959) ... Dusty Peabody (as Rosco Ates)
 1959 Lux Playhouse (TV Series)
- Deathtrap (1959)
 1958-1959 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Juniper Dunlap / Hotel Clerk
- The Painted Beauty (1959) ... Juniper Dunlap (as Rosco Ates)
- More Than Kin (1958) ... Hotel Clerk (as Rosco Ates)
 1958 M Squad (TV Series)
Edwin Winkler
- Force of Habit (1958) ... Edwin Winkler (as Rosco Ates)
 1953-1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Long Distance (1958)
- The Prize (1953) ... Emil
 1958 The Sheepman
Town Loafer (uncredited)
 1958 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Pop McCrary
- Cockeyed Charlie Parkhurst (1958) ... Pop McCrary
 1957 Short Cut to Hell
Road Driver (uncredited)
 1957 Run of the Arrow
Man on Pier (uncredited)
 1957 The Big Caper
Falkenburg (uncredited)
 1957 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series)
- Sorrowful Joe Returns (1957) ... Jorgenson
 1956-1957 Annie Oakley (TV Series)
Neighborly Walsh / Telegrapher Curly Dawes
- Annie and the Miser (1957) ... Neighborly Walsh
- Showdown at Diablo (1956) ... Telegrapher Curly Dawes
 1956 The Birds and the Bees
Vendor (uncredited)
 1956 The Kettles in the Ozarks
Townsman (uncredited)
 1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas
Scotty (uncredited)
 1956 Come Next Spring
Shorty Wilkins
 1955 Lucy Gallant
Clem Anderson - Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
 1955 The Adventures of Champion (TV Series)
Canary Twigg
- The Real Unfriendly Ghost ... Canary Twigg
 1954 The Mickey Rooney Show (TV Series)
- The Moon or Bust (1954) ... Henry
 1953 Those Redheads from Seattle
Dan Taylor
 1953 The Stranger Wore a Gun
Jake Hooper - Stage Driver (uncredited)
 1953 Boston Blackie (TV Series)
Prof. Edgar Franklin
- Grab Bag (1953) ... Prof. Edgar Franklin
 1953 Big Town (TV Series)
Ed Crowley
- Lynch Law (1953) ... Ed Crowley
 1953 My Little Margie (TV Series)
- Hillbilly Margie (1953) ... Zeke
 1953 The Cisco Kid (TV Series)
Henry Wilson
- The Census Taker (1953) ... Henry Wilson
 1952 The Blazing Forest
 1952 Trail Guide
Stammering Man (uncredited)
 1951 Honeychile
 1950 The Marshal of Gunsight Pass (TV Series)
Deputy Roscoe
- Shotgun Messenger (1950) ... Deputy Roscoe
- Episode #1.22 (1950) ... Deputy Roscoe
- Episode #1.1 (1950) ... Deputy Roscoe
 1950 Father's Wild Game
 1950 Hills of Oklahoma
Dismal - the Cook
 1948 Thunder in the Pines
Wheezer - Boomer's Head Logger
 1948 Inner Sanctum
 1948 The Tioga Kid
Soapy Jones
 1948 The Hawk of Powder River
Soapy Jones
 1948 The Westward Trail
Soapy Jones
 1948 Tornado Range
Soapy Jones
 1948 Check Your Guns
Soapy Jones
 1947 Shadow Valley
Soapy Jones
 1947 Black Hills
Soapy Jones
 1947 West to Glory
Soapy Jones
 1947 Range Beyond the Blue
Soapy Jones
 1947 Wild Country
Soapy Jones
 1946 Wild West
Soapy Jones
 1946 Stars Over Texas
Soapy Jones
 1946 Driftin' River
Soapy Jones
 1946 Tumbleweed Trail
Soapy Jones
 1946 Colorado Serenade
 1944 Can't Help Singing
Lemuel (uncredited)
 1944 The Great Moment
Morton's Sign Painter - replaced by Hank Worden (uncredited)
 1942 The Palm Beach Story
Fourth Member Ale and Quail Club (as Rosco Ates)
 1941 Sullivan's Travels
Hollywood Diner Counterman (uncredited)
 1941 Birth of the Blues
Cab Driver (uncredited)
 1941 One Foot in Heaven
George Reynolds (uncredited)
 1941 I'll Sell My Life
Happy Hogan
 1941 Reg'lar Fellers
Emory McQuade
 1941 Bad Men of Missouri
 1941 Mountain Moonlight
 1941 She Knew All the Answers
Gas Station Attendant
 1941 Ziegfeld Girl
Janitor Changing Pictures (uncredited)
 1941 Glove Affair (Short)
Uncle Tom
 1941 Robin Hood of the Pecos
Jailer Guffy
 1940 Chad Hanna
Ike Wayfish
 1940 I Want a Divorce
Process Server (uncredited)
 1940 Captain Caution
 1940 Fireman, Save My Choo Choo (Short)
 1940 Untamed
Bert Dillon
 1940 The Cowboy from Sundown
Deputy Gloomy Day
 1940 You're Next! (Short)
Mr. Tillson (uncredited)
 1940 Rancho Grande
 1939 Gone with the Wind
Convalescent Soldier (uncredited)
 1939 Three Texas Steers
Sheriff Brown (as Rosco Ates)
 1938 The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok
Oscar Snake-Eyes Smith (as Rosco Ates)
 1938 Riders of the Black Hills
Sheriff Brown (as Rosco Ates)
 1937 Drug Store Follies (Short)
The Stuttering Comic
 1937 Alpine Cabaret (Short)
 1937 God's Country and the Woman
Gander Hopkins
 1936 Fair Exchange
Elmer Goodge
 1935 On the Wagon (Short)
 1935 Why Pay Rent? (Short)
Elmer Whipple
 1935 People's Enemy
Slip Laflin
 1935 Once Over Lightly (Short)
 1934 Dizzy & Daffy (Short)
'Call-'Em-Wrong' Jones, the Umpire
 1934 Woman in the Dark
Tommy Logan
 1934 So You Won't T-T-T-Talk (Short)
Elmer Whipple
 1934 She Made Her Bed
Santa Fe (as Rosco Ates)
 1934 Merry Wives of Reno
The Trapper (as Rosco Ates)
 1933 Alice in Wonderland
 1933 Golden Harvest
Louis Jenkins aka Loopey Lou
 1933 Scarlet River
Ulysses (as Rosco Ates)
 1933 King Kong
Press Photographer (uncredited)
 1933 What-No Beer?
Schultz (as Rosco Ates)
 1933 Lucky Devils
Gabby (as Rosco Ates)
 1933 The Cheyenne Kid
Bush (as Rosco Ates)
 1933 The Past of Mary Holmes
Bill-poster Klondike
 1932 Deported
 1932 Renegades of the West
Dr. Henry Fawcett (as Rosco Ates)
 1932 Sham Poo, the Magician (Short)
Elmer (as Rosco Ates)
 1932 Come on Danger!
Rusty (as Rosco Ates)
 1932 Hold 'Em Jail
Slippery Sam Brown
 1932 The Roadhouse Murder
Edmund Joyce (as Rosco Ates)
 1932 Young Bride
Mike, the Pool Room Bartender
 1932 Never the Twins Shall Meet (Short)
Alfred Guppy / Albert Guppy
 1932 Freaks
Roscoe (as Rosco Ates)
 1932 Ladies of the Jury
Andrew MacKaig (as Rosco Ates)
 1932 The Rainbow Trail
Ike Wilkins
 1931 The Big Shot
Rusty, the Barber (as Rosco Ates)
 1931/I The Champ
Sponge (as Rosco Ates)
 1931 Use Your Noodle (Short)
 1931 The Gland Parade (Short)
 1931 A Clean-Up on the Curb (Short)
Rosco (as Rosco Ates)
 1931 The Lone Starved Ranger (Short)
Rosco, the Stuttering Man (as Rosco Ates)
 1931 Politics
Peter Higgins (as Rosco Ates)
 1931 The Great Lover
Rosco (as Rosco Ates)
 1931 Too Many Cooks
Mr. Wilson (as Rosco Ates)
 1931 A Free Soul
Man Shot at in Men's Room (uncredited)
 1931 She Went for a Tramp (Short)
 1931 Cimarron
Jesse Rickey (as Rosco Ates)
 1931 Reducing
Stuttering Ticket Agent (uncredited)
 1930 Remote Control
Stuttering Piccolo Player (uncredited)
 1930 Billy the Kid
Old Stuff (as Rosco Ates)
 1930 Those Three French Girls
Elmer (uncredited)
 1930 Check and Double Check
Brother Arthur (as Rosco Ates)
 1930 Soup to Nuts
Pants Presser at Al's Tailor Shop (uncredited)
 1930 Love in the Rough
Proprietor (as Rosco Ates)
 1930 The Big House
Putnam (as Rosco Ates)
 1930 Caught Short
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1930 Double Cross Roads
Ticket Agent (uncredited)
 1930 City Girl
 1929/II Marianne
Orderly (uncredited)
 1929 South Sea Rose
Ship's Cook
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In 1959, he co-starred, with Molly Bee and Robert Easton, in a failed pilot for a sitcom, set in the Ozarks, called "Sissy".

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Comedy actor, on stage from 1915, best known for his lugubrious face and nervous stutter. Played a sidekick named Soapy in a series of B-westerns released by PRC and Eagle Lion in the 1940's. See more »


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