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Ford Sterling (1883–1939)

Ford Sterling was born on November 3, 1883 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA as George Ford Stich. He was an actor and director, known for Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919), The Show-Off (1926) and Wild Oranges (1924). He was married to Teddy Sampson. He died on October 13, 1939 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

The Show-Off Aubrey Piper
Wild Oranges Paul Halvard
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 1937 Many Unhappy Returns (Short)
C.C. aka Henry Morgan
 1937 Bridal Griefs (Short)
 1936 Framing Father (Short)
 1936 All Business (Short)
 1935 A Returned Engagement (Short)
James Randall Sr.
 1935 Keystone Hotel (Short)
Sterling, Chief of Police
 1935 A Quiet Fourth (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1935 Black Sheep
 1935 The Headline Woman
Hugo Meyer
 1935 Behind the Green Lights
Max Schultz, German Janitor
 1933 Alice in Wonderland
White King
 1933 Playthings of Desire
Bromwell Jones
 1931 Her Majesty, Love
 1931 Auto Intoxication (Short)
 1931 Trouble from Abroad (Short)
Sergeant Widget
 1931 Stout Hearts and Willing Hands (Short)
Kop (as the Original Keystone Kops)
 1931 The Foolish Forties (Short)
 1931 Come to Papa! (Short)
Garment Designer
 1930 Our Nagging Wives (Short)
 1930 Kismet
 1930 Bride of the Regiment
Tangy - Silhouette Cutter
 1930 Show Girl in Hollywood
Sam Otis - The Producer
 1930 Spring Is Here
Peter Braley
 1929 Sally
'Pops' Shendorff
 1929 The Fatal Forceps (Short)
The Dentist
 1929 The Girl in the Show
Ed Bondell
 1929 The Fall of Eve
Mr. Mack
 1928 Dreary House
 1928 Oh Kay!
Shorty McGee
 1928 Chicken a La King
Horace Trundle
 1928 Sporting Goods
Mr. Jordan
 1928 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Gus Eisman
 1928 Wife Savers
Tavern Keeper
 1927 Figures Don't Lie
'Howdy' Jones
 1927 For the Love of Mike
Herman Schultz
 1927 Drums of the Desert
 1927 Casey at the Bat
 1926 The Trunk Mystery
 1926 Stranded in Paris
Count Pasada
 1926 Everybody's Acting
Michael Poole
 1926 The Show-Off
Aubrey Piper
 1926 Good and Naughty
Bunny West
 1926 Miss Brewster's Millions
Ned Brewster
 1926 The Road to Glory
James Allen
 1926 The American Venus
Hugo Niles
 1926 Mike
 1925 Stage Struck
 1925 Steppin' Out
John Durant
 1925 The Trouble with Wives
Al Hennessey
 1925 My Lady's Lips
 1925 Daddy's Gone A-Hunting
 1924 So Big
Jacob Hoogenduck
 1924 He Who Gets Slapped
 1924 Love and Glory
Emile Pompaneau
 1924 For the Love of Mike (Short)
 1924 The Woman on the Jury
 1924 The Galloping Fish
George Fitzgerald
 1924 Wild Oranges
Paul Halvard
 1923 The Day of Faith
Montreal Sammy
 1923 Destroying Angel
Max Weil
 1923 Hollywood
Ford Sterling
 1923 The Spoilers
'Slapjack' Simms
 1923 The Brass Bottle
 1922 The Strangers' Banquet
Al Norton
 1922 Oh, Mabel Behave
Squire Peachem
 1921 A Seminary Scandal (Short)
 1921 Watch Your Husbands (Short)
 1921 The Unhappy Finish (Short)
Hero in Scenario
 1920 Hot Stuff (Short)
 1920 Love, Honor and Behave!
Milton Robbin - Haberdasher
 1920 Fickle Fancy (Short)
The Husband
 1920 A Pyjama Marriage (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1920 Movie Fans (Short)
Ford Sterling - Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
 1920 Don't Weaken! (Short)
Professor Yonson - the Dancing Master
 1920 His Youthful Fancy (Short)
 1920 Great Scott! (Short)
 1920 Married Life
Heckler at Theatre
 1920 By Golly! (Short)
One of the Husband's Buddies (uncredited)
 1920 Fresh from the City (Short)
The City Slicker
 1920 Ten Dollars or Ten Days (Short)
 1919 A Lady's Tailor (Short)
A Temperamental Modiste
 1919 His Last False Step (Short)
The Haberdasher
 1919 Salome vs. Shenandoah (Short)
Ingenue Actress's Father
 1919 Uncle Tom Without a Cabin (Short)
Audience Spectator
 1919 Treating 'Em Rough (Short)
Undetermined Secondary Role
 1919 Among Those Present (Short)
The Flirt - A First-Nighter
 1919 Trying to Get Along (Short)
Head of Dining Family
 1919 Hearts and Flowers (Short)
A Leader Leader of Men - the Orchestra Leader
 1919 Why Beaches Are Popular (Short)
Ford Sterling
 1919 The Little Widow (Short)
Finn - the Widow's Bridegroom
 1919 Yankee Doodle in Berlin
Kaiser Bill
 1919 East Lynne with Variations (Short)
Audience Spectator (uncredited)
 1919 Fools and Duels (Short)
 1918 Beware of Boarders (Short)
Von Stinkkatze - the Spy
 1918 The Summer Girls (Short)
The Fortune Hunter
 1918 Her Screen Idol (Short)
Handsome Jack Darling
 1918 Wild Women and Tame Lions (Short)
 1917 Her Torpedoed Love (Short)
Reginald Scuttle - the Conniving Butler
 1917 A Maiden's Trust (Short)
Sir Robin Cribbs
 1917 Pinched in the Finish (Short)
The Police Chief
 1917 Stars and Bars (Short)
The Chief of Police
 1916 The Now Cure
 1916 His Lying Heart (Short)
The Merchant
 1916 His Wild Oats (Short)
Stitch - Ladies' Tailor
 1916 The Snow Cure (Short)
The Flirt
 1916 His Pride and Shame (Short)
The Police Chief
 1916 Because He Loved Her (Short)
Police Chief (uncredited)
 1915 The Hunt (Short)
Blackface Horse Groom
 1915 Fatty and the Broadway Stars (Short)
Keystone Performer
 1915 His Father's Footsteps (Short)
The Father
 1915 Only a Messenger Boy (Short)
The Messenger Boy
 1915 Dirty Work in a Laundry (Short)
The Desperate Scoundrel
 1915 Court House Crooks (Short)
The District Attorney
 1915 He Wouldn't Stay Down (Short)
Peter P. Snitz - the Husband
 1915 Our Dare-Devil Chief (Short)
The Chief of Police
 1915 His Smashing Career (Short)
 1915 That Little Band of Gold (Short)
Gassy Gotrox - Tattletale
 1915 Hogan's Romance Upset (Short)
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
 1915 Those German Bowlers (Short)
Schmaltz (unconfirmed)
 1914 Black Hands (Short)
Skylark Fumes - Detective (unconfirmed)
 1914 The Dog Raffles (Short)
The Gentleman Thief
 1914 Secret Service Snitz (Short)
 1914 A Mistaken Bath House (Short)
Looie (unconfirmed)
 1914 Hypnotic Power (Short)
 1914 A Shooting Match (Short)
 1914 A Bogus Baron (Short)
 1914 Snookee's Disguise (Short)
 1914 Lost in the Studio (Short)
The Actor
 1914 His Wife's Flirtation (Short)
 1914 At Three O'Clock (Short)
 1914 A Dramatic Mistake (Short)
Kismet Smears / Virginius
 1914 Troublesome Pets (Short)
 1914 Love and Lunch (Short)
 1914 Almost Married (Short)
 1914 Snookee's Flirtation (Short)
 1914 Fatty's Finish (Short)
 1914 The Crash (Short)
 1914 A Jealous Husband (Short)
 1914 The Knockout (Short)
Spectator (uncredited)
 1914 When Smaltz Loves (Short)
 1914 Snitz Joins the Force (Short)
 1914 Hearts and Swords (Short)
 1914 Neighbors (Short)
 1914 Papa's Boy (Short)
 1914 Sergeant Hofmeyer (Short)
Sgt. Hofmeyer
 1914/I The Fatal Wedding (Short)
 1914 Love and Vengeance (Short)
 1914 Across the Hall (Short)
 1914 Tango Tangle (Short)
Band Leader
 1914 A False Beauty (Short)
The Suitor
 1914 Between Showers (Short)
Rival Masher
 1914 A Thief Catcher (Short)
Suspicious John
 1914 Baffles (Short)
 1914 Gentleman Burglar (Short)
Chief of Police
 1914 A Robust Romeo (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1914 Double Crossed (Short)
 1914 Too Many Brides (Short)
The Bachelor
 1914 In the Clutches of the Gang (Short)
Chief Tehiezel
 1914 Love and Dynamite (Short)
The Man
 1913 Some Nerve (Short)
The Husband
 1913 Zuzu, the Band Leader (Short)
 1913 A Bad Game (Short)
The Card Cheat
 1913 His Sister's Kids (Short)
The Police Chief
 1913 The Gusher (Short)
Oil Well Buyer
 1913 Cohen Saves the Flag (Short)
Sgt. Cohen
 1913 A Muddy Romance (Short)
The Villain
 1913 Wine (Short)
The Diner
 1913 A Small Time Act (Short)
 1913 Love Sickness at Sea (Short)
Ship Captain
 1913 The Speed Kings (Short)
 1913 A Healthy Neighborhood (Short)
Dr. Noodles
 1913 Schnitz the Tailor (Short)
Schnitz the Tailor
 1913 The Bowling Match (Short)
 1913/I When Dreams Come True (Short)
The Peddler
 1913 The Fatal Taxicab (Short)
Egbert Throckmorton
 1913 Mabel's Dramatic Career (Short)
Actor / Onscreen Villain
 1913 Baby Day (Short)
 1913 The Firebugs (Short)
 1913 A Game of Pool (Short)
 1913 Professor Bean's Removal (Short)
Professor Bean
 1913/I Just Kids (Short)
Man on Bench
 1913 Love and Courage (Short) (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1913 The Peddler (Short)
The Peddler
 1913 Love and Rubbish (Short)
Mr. Fickle
 1913 Safe in Jail (Short)
The Constable
 1913 Rastus and the Game Cock (Short)
 1913 For the Love of Mabel (Short) (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1913 His Crooked Career (Short)
 1913 A Bandit (Short)
The Bandit (unconfirmed)
 1913 Peeping Pete (Short)
Neighbor's Husband
 1913 Out and In (Short)
A Convict
 1913 The Waiters' Picnic (Short)
Louis - the Chef
 1913 The Speed Queen (Short)
The Cop
 1913 The Hansom Driver (Short)
The Driver's Rival
 1913 Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life (Short)
The Villain
 1913 The Gangsters (Short)
Desk Officer
 1913 Toplitsky and Company (Short)
Toplitsky's Partner
 1913 The Foreman of the Jury (Short)
Jones - Foreman of the Jury
 1913 Their First Execution (Short)
First Deputy
 1913 Mabel's Awful Mistake (Short)
 1913 His Ups and Downs (Short)
 1913 That Ragtime Band (Short)
Professor Smelts
 1913 His Chum the Baron (Short)
Baron von Sneezer
 1913 The New Conductor (Short)
The Conductor
 1913 A Fishy Affair (Short)
 1913 Murphy's I.O.U. (Short) (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1913/I A Life in the Balance (Short)
The Landlord
 1913 A Game of Poker (Short)
 1913/I Father's Choice (Short)
 1913 Those Good Old Days (Short)
The Jester
 1913 Hide and Seek (Short)
The Police Chief
 1913 The Land Salesman (Short)
 1913 On His Wedding Day (Short)
Krause - the Bridegroom
 1913 The Chief's Predicament (Short)
The Chief of Police
 1913 A Wife Wanted (Short)
 1913 Love and Pain (Short)
 1913 The Man Next Door (Short)
 1913 Foiling Fickle Father (Short) (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1913 The Two Widows (Short)
 1913 A Strong Revenge (Short)
 1913 The Sleuths at the Floral Parade (Short)
The Man
 1913 A Deaf Burglar (Short)
Society Party Guest
 1913 The Sleuth's Last Stand (Short)
Cavalry Officer
 1913 A Doctored Affair (Short) (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1913 A Red Hot Romance (Short)
 1913 The Professor's Daughter (Short)
The Professor
 1913 A Landlord's Troubles (Short)
The Italian
 1913 Heinze's Resurrection (Short)
 1913 Her Birthday Present (Short)
The Police Chief
 1913 Mabel's Heroes (Short) (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1913 The Jealous Waiter (Short) (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1913 The Stolen Purse (Short)
 1913 The Battle of Who Run (Short)
Mack's Commander
 1913 Just Brown's Luck (Short)
A Friend
 1913 The Elite Ball (Short)
Uke - Minstrel
 1913 The Deacon Outwitted (Short)
 1913 The Mistaken Masher (Short)
 1913 For Lizzie's Sake (Short)
The Villain
 1913 How Hiram Won Out (Short)
 1913 The Cure That Failed (Short)
George - the Drinker
 1913 A Double Wedding (Short)
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1913 Saving Mabel's Dad (Short)
Mabel's Dad
 1912/I The Duel (Short)
 1912 Hoffmeyer's Legacy (Short)
 1912 Mabel's Adventures (Short)
The Magician
 1912 A Midnight Elopement (Short)
 1912 Pat's Day Off (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1912 A Bear Escape (Short)
The Bandit
 1912 Mr. Fix-It (Short)
 1912/I The Rivals (Short)
 1912 A Temperamental Husband (Short)
Mr. Brown
 1912 The Deacon's Troubles (Short)
 1912 At It Again (Short)
Police Chief Larkin
 1912 Mabel's Lovers (Short)
Black - Another Suitor
 1912 A Grocery Clerk's Romance (Short)
Grocery Clerk
 1912 At Coney Island (Short)
The Married Flirt
 1912 Ambitious Butler (Short)
The Chef
 1912 The Flirting Husband (Short)
Mr. Smith
 1912 Stolen Glory (Short)
Captain Warner
 1912 Pedro's Dilemma (Short)
The Girl's Father
 1912 The Beating He Needed (Short)
The College Boy's Father
 1912 Riley and Schultz (Short)
 1912 The New Neighbor (Short)
 1912 Cohen Collects a Debt (Short)
 1912 The Water Nymph (Short)
George's Father
 1912 Stern Papa (Short)
 1912 He Must Have a Wife (Short)
The Rival
 1912 An Interrupted Elopement (Short)
One of Bob's Friends
 1912 Tragedy of the Dress Suit (Short)
The Keeper of the Boardinghouse
 1912 Their First Kidnapping Case (Short)
Armed Guard
 1912 The Fatal Chocolate (Short)
 1912 Did Mother Get Her Wish? (Short)
Harry Jones
 1911 A Mix-up in Raincoats (Short)
 1911 Taking His Medicine (Short)
The Doctor
 1911 Abe Gets Even with Father (Short)
Abe (unconfirmed)
 1911 The Inventor's Secret (Short)
 1911 Too Many Burglars (Short)
 1911 The Lucky Horseshoe (Short)
 1911 Dutch Gold Mine (Short)
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Show Show Self (6 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (14 credits)

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Stage, vaudeville, and circus actor. See more »

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Alternate Names:

the Original Keystone Kops

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