Interesting Facts about
ROSCOE ARBUCKLE


While being a large man, Roscoe Arbuckle had
an average weight of only about 260 pounds.
All muscle - no fat!


Arbuckle was extremely shy regarding women, and was generally regarded by many to be the most chaste man in Hollywood.

Roscoe had a superb singing voice. Enrico Caruso demanded to hear Arbuckle's tenor voice, and was so impressed, he demanded Roscoe leave the movies to begin an opera career!

Roscoe Arbuckle was the first American comedy star to direct his own films, predating Charlie Chaplin by several months.

Arbuckle is the only person to have the honor of having the three greatest silent film comedians, Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Buster Keaton, appear in supporting roles in his films.
Chaplin assists Roscoe in "The Knockout," Lloyd is Roscoe's co-star in "Miss Fatty's Seaside Lovers," and Keaton supported Roscoe in at least fourteen shorts under Arbuckle's "Comique" banner.

According to Harold Lloyd, Roscoe Arbuckle was the first filmmaker to use preview audiences to see how to improve his comedies.

Arbuckle is also the first male comedy star to make feature films on a regular basis. He did it in 1920, over a year before Lloyd, the next comedian to do so. However, Roscoe's famous co-star Mabel Normand, was releasing them even before that, stating with "Mickey" in 11918.

It was Roscoe Arbuckle who gave Bob Hope his big break in show business. While in Cleveland in 1927, Arbuckle allowed Hope to be the opening act in his comedy show. Roscoe then gave Hope names and numbers of friends in Hollywood, and told Bob to go west. It time, Hope did just that.

Roscoe hated the nickname "Fatty." It was for professional purposes only. Friends never used it, only strangers who didn't know better. His response was quiet, "I've got a name, you know."
Fans also called Roscoe "The Prince of Whales," and "The Balloonatic." In 1923, Keaton used the latter name for one of his comedies.
Alice Lake called him Arbie. To Mabel Normand he was Big Otto, after an elephant in the Selig Studio Zoo near Keystone. Buster Keaton called him Chief. Fred Mace called him Crab. And for some unexplained reason fellow comic Charlie Murray referred to him as My Child the Fat. His three wives always called him Roscoe. The name, Fatty, was hung on him in elementary school. "It was inevitable," he said. He weighed 175-185 when he was 12, not much less when he was ten.

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