W. C. Fields, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

W. C. Fields

American comedian and actor

Date of Birth: 29-Jan-1880

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Date of Death: 25-Dec-1946

Profession: screenwriter, comedian, stage actor, film actor, cabaret artist, circus performer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius


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About W. C. Fields

  • William Claude Dukenfield (January 29, 1880 – December 25, 1946), better known as W.
  • C.
  • Fields, was an American comedian, actor, juggler, and writer.
  • Fields' comic persona was a misanthropic and hard-drinking egotist, who remained a sympathetic character despite his supposed contempt for children and dogs. His career in show business began in vaudeville, where he attained international success as a silent juggler.
  • He gradually incorporated comedy into his act and was a featured comedian in the Ziegfeld Follies for several years.
  • He became a star in the Broadway musical comedy Poppy (1923), in which he played a colorful small-time con man.
  • His subsequent stage and film roles were often similar scoundrels or henpecked everyman characters. Among his recognizable trademarks were his raspy drawl and grandiloquent vocabulary.
  • The characterization he portrayed in films and on radio was so strong it was generally identified with Fields himself.
  • It was maintained by the publicity departments at Fields' studios (Paramount and Universal) and was further established by Robert Lewis Taylor's biography, W.
  • C.
  • Fields, His Follies and Fortunes (1949).
  • Beginning in 1973, with the publication of Fields' letters, photos, and personal notes in grandson Ronald Fields' book W.
  • C.
  • Fields by Himself, it was shown that Fields was married (and subsequently estranged from his wife), and financially supported their son and loved his grandchildren.

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