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Born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameGeorge Ford Stich

Mini Bio (1)

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.

Spouse (1)

Teddy Sampson (1914 - 13 October 1939) ( his death)

Trivia (16)

Was Chief of the original Keystone Kops.
Off screen pseudonym: Albert Williams
He was actually quite handsome in real life, but in the Keystone Kops and Mack Sennett shorts that he appeared in, he would disguise his true appearance with glasses and a goatee, as well as fake eyebrows.
As a boy he ran away from home to join John Robinson's circus.
Began his career as a circus clown.
Performed on Mississippi River show boats.
Harold Lloyd called Sterling "the funniest man in movies".
Was an accomplished photographer, painter, sculptor and cartoonist.
Was considered one of America's leading artistic photographers by critics on both sides of the Atlantic.
Raised German Shepherds, Scotties, and Persian cats.
Owned a villa in Nice, France.
Would travel yearly to England to buy clothes.
Was called "the best dressed man in Hollywood".
Co-founded, with Fred J. Balshofer, the Sterling Film Co. in 1914.
During his time with the circus he was known as "Keno, the Boy Clown".
Early in his career with Sennett, he often appeared as comic Dutch or German characters, replete with top hat, frock coat, goatee and wire-framed glasses.

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