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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 Mother, Don't Rush Me (1936), The Bad Companions (1932) and Jail Birds (1940). 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

Mother, Don't Rush Me
(1936)
The Bad Companions
(1932)
Jail Birds
Jail Birds Writer
(1940)
My Old Duchess
(1934)

Filmography

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 1940 Jail Birds (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)
Himself
 1989 Charlie Chaplin's 100 Years: Our Charlie (TV Movie documentary)
Himself
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Personal Details

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2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 3 Articles | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

When in doubt, fall on your arse.

Trivia:

Karno worked in a factory at the age of fourteen, then as a plumber and circus acrobat. By the 1890's, he performed silent pantomime in music halls. See more »

Trademark:

Known for pioneering many slapstick comedy gags such as "pieing".

Star Sign:

Aries

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