~Chester Conklin~

Born: January 11, 1886 in Oskaloosa, Iowa, USA
Died: October 11, 1971 in Van Nuys, California, USA
~Los Angeles Times, 1971~
Chester Conklin gained silent screen fame as the Keystone Kop with the walrus mustache.

He father had wanted him to become a minister but after an audience applauded him at a
childhood comic recital, he decided "I just want to make people laugh."

Conklin took a clown's job in the circus, and in the winter of 1912, while the circus was quartered in
Venice, he applied for work with Mack Sennett.

His mustache, a radical departure from the spike mustaches worn by most comedians of the day,
was an instant laugh getter and he was paid $3 a day to start.

Conklin starred in several Sennett comedies, as well as in Gloria Swanson's film "The Pullman
Bride" and in W.C. Fields' "Two Flaming Youths."

He retired in 1960—"Work got awfully scarce," he said — and came back briefly in 1966 to make "A
Big Hand for the Little Lady."

— David Shaw in the Los Angeles Times Oct. 11, 1971
~Silent Filmography~
Stairs of Sand (1929) .... Tim
The Studio Murder Mystery (1929) .... George (Studio Gateman)
House of Horror (1929) .... Chester
... aka "The Haunted House" - USA (alternative title)
Sunset Pass (1929) .... Windy
Marquis Preferred (1929) .... Mr. Gruger
Taxi 13 (1928) .... Angus Mactavish
The Haunted House (1928) .... Mr. Rackham
Varsity (1928) .... Pop Conlan
Beau Broadway (1928)
Fools for Luck (1928) .... Samuel Hunter
The Big Noise (1928) .... John Sloval
A Trick of Hearts (1928)
A Horseman of the Plains (1928)
Tillie's Punctured Romance (1928) .... Circus Owner
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928) .... Judge
Two Flaming Youths (1927) .... Sheriff Ben Holden
Tell It to Sweeney (1927) .... Luke Beamish
Rubber Heels (1927) .... Tennyson Hawks
Cabaret (1927) .... Jerry Trask
A Kiss in a Taxi (1927) .... Maraval
McFadden's Flats (1927) .... Jock McTavish
A Trip Through the Paramount Studio (1927) .... Himself
Fascinating Youth (1926) .... Himself - Chester Conklin
We're in the Navy Now (1926) .... Navy Captain Smithers
The Lady of the Harem (1926) .... Ali
Midnight Lovers (1926) .... Moriarity
The Nervous Wreck (1926) .... Mort
The Duchess of Buffalo (1926) .... Hotel Manager
Say It Again (1926) .... Prince Otto V
The Wilderness Woman (1926) .... 'Kodiak' MacLean
A Social Celebrity (1926) .... Johann Haber
Behind the Front (1926) .... Scottie
The Great Love (1925) .... Perkins
Pleasure Buyers (1925) .... Burke
A Woman of the World (1925) .... Sam Poore
The Masked Bride (1925) .... Wine Waiter
The Great Jewel Robbery (1925) .... Cootie Joe
The Winding Stair (1925) .... Onery
Lame Brains (1925)
Play Ball (1925/II)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925) (uncredited) .... Orderly
Where Was I? (1925) .... Elmer
Under the Rouge (1925) .... Mr. Fleck
My Neighbor's Wife (1925) .... Cameraman
The Wizard of Oz (1925) (uncredited) (unconfirmed) .... Undetermined Role
One Year to Live (1925) .... Froquin
Battling Bunyan (1925) .... A Stranger
Greed (1925) .... 'Popper' Sieppe
Another Man's Wife (1924) .... Rumrunner
The Fire Patrol (1924) .... Fireman
Sad But True (1924)
One Day in Hollywood (1924)
The Galloping Fish (1924) .... Jonah
... aka "Galloping Fish" - USA (reissue title)
North of Nevada (1924) .... Lem Williams
The Bishop of Hollywood (1924)
The Cream of Hollywood (1924)
Souls for Sale (1923) .... Himself - Celebrity Actor in Commissary
The Sheik of Hollywood (1923) (unconfirmed)
Anna Christie (1923) .... Tommy
The Elite of Hollywood (1923)
Desire (1923) .... Oland Young
The Explorers (1923)
Tea: With a Kick! (1923) .... Jiggs, taxi driver
Roaring Lions on a Steamship (1923)
Clothes and Oil (1923)
The Fresh Heir (1922)
Step Lively, Please (1922)
Safe in the Safe (1922)
The Wise Duck (1922)
His Wife's Son (1922)
The Piper (1922)
Laughing Gas (1922)
False Alarm (1922/I)
A Rural Cinderella (1921)
A Perfect Villain (1921)
Country Chickens (1921)
The Love Egg (1921)
Verse and Worse (1921)
Skirts (1921)
The Kick in High Life (1920) (unconfirmed)
Should Dummies Wed? (1920)
Dangerous Eyes (1920)
Fresh from the City (1920) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
The Great Nickel Robbery (1920)
His Private Wife (1920)
Her Private Husband (1920)
Chicken à la Cabaret (1920)
Back to Nature Girls (1919)
Uncle Tom Without a Cabin (1919)
... aka "Uncle Tom Without the Cabin" - USA (alternative title)
Love's False Faces (1919)
When Love Is Blind (1919)
The Little Widow (1919)
The Foolish Age (1919) .... Who Was...but quit
The Village Smithy (1919)
Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919) .... Officer of Death's Head Hussars
... aka "The Kaiser's Last Squeal" - USA (alternative title)
The Village Chestnut (1918) .... School Teacher
Her First Mistake (1918)
Beware of Boarders (1918)
Sleuths (1918)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1918)
Ladies First (1918)
His Smothered Love (1918)
It's a Cinch (1918) .... Himself
It Pays to Exercise (1918) .... Mostly Looking for Work
His Hidden Purpose (1918) .... Who Lived by His Wits
An International Sneak (1917) .... A Foreign Spy
The Pullman Bride (1917) .... A Rejected Suitor
The Pawnbroker's Heart (1917)
A Clever Dummy (1917) .... A playful property man
Cactus Nell (1917)
The Betrayal of Maggie (1917)
Secrets of a Beauty Parlor (1917)
Dodging His Doom (1917)
Charlie's Life (1916) .... Various
A Tale of a Turk (1916)
The Love Thief (1916) .... Undetermined Role
... aka "The She Tiger" - USA (reissue title)
Beans and Bullets (1916)
A Tugboat Romeo (1916)
She Was Some Vampire (1916)
His First False Step (1916)
Bucking Society (1916)
Cinders of Love (1916)
Dizzy Heights and Daring Hearts (1915) .... Mr. Walrus
Fatty and the Broadway Stars (1915)
The Best of Enemies (1915)
The Battle of Ambrose and Walrus (1915) .... Orderly Walrus
When Ambrose Dared Walrus (1915) .... Walrus
The Cannon Ball (1915)
A Hash House Fraud (1915) .... Cop
Crossed Love and Swords (1915)
Droppington's Family Tree (1915) .... Droppington
Do-Re-Mi-Boom! (1915)
... aka "Do-Re-Mi-Fa" - USA (alternative title)
Droppington's Devilish Deed (1915) .... Droppington
... aka "Droppington's Devilish Dream" - USA (alternative title)
Gussle Rivals Jonah (1915)
Ambrose's Fury (1915)
A One Night Stand (1915)
Ambrose's Sour Grapes (1915) .... Walrus
The Home Breakers (1915)
Hearts and Planets (1915) .... Visible Star
A Bird's a Bird (1915) .... Mr. Walrus
Caught in a Park (1915)
Love, Speed and Thrills (1915) .... Mr. Walrus
Hash House Mashers (1915)
Hushing the Scandal (1915) .... Mr. Droppington
Saved by the Wireless (1915)
Dream (1915)
His Second Childhood (1914)
Wild West Love (1914)
A Colored Girl's Love (1914)
Hogan's Annual Spree (1914)
The Plumber (1914)
Among the Mourners (1914)
His Halted Career (1914)
His Taking Ways (1914)
The Noise of Bombs (1914)
Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914) .... Mr. Whoozis
How Heroes Are Made (1914/I) .... The Boy Friend's Rival
His Talented Wife (1914)
'Curses!' They Remarked (1914) .... Blackheart Jr.
Gentlemen of Nerve (1914) .... Ambrose, Mabel's friend
Shot in the Excitement (1914)
Dough and Dynamite (1914) .... Jacques, Waiter
The Love Thief (1914/I)
The Angels (1914)
The Anglers (1914) (unconfirmed)
Those Love Pangs (1914) .... Rival
... aka "Oh, You Girls" - USA (alternative title)
Hello, Mabel (1914) .... Businessman
... aka "On a Busy Wire" - USA (reissue title)
The Masquerader (1914/I) .... Film Actor
... aka "The Female Impersonator" - USA (alternative title)
... aka "The Perfumed Lady" - USA (alternative title)
... aka "The Picnic" - USA (alternative title)
Such a Cook (1914)
The Face on the Bar Room Floor (1914) .... Drinker
The Property Man (1914) (uncredited) .... Man in Audience
... aka "Charlie on the Boards" - USA (alternative title)
... aka "Hits of the Past" - USA (alternative title)
... aka "Props" - USA (alternative title)
Those Happy Days (1914)
Mabel's New Job (1914)
Mabel's Busy Day (1914) .... Police Sergeant
A Fatal Flirtation (1914)
Finnigan's Bomb (1914)
Caught in a Cabaret (1914) .... Waiter
... aka "Charlie the Waiter" - USA (alternative title)
... aka "Prime Minister Charlie" - USA (alternative title)
Twenty Minutes of Love (1914) .... Pickpocket
Mabel at the Wheel (1914) .... Mabel's Father
... aka "A Hot Finish" - USA (alternative title)
Tango Tangles (1914) .... Guest in Police Costume
Between Showers (1914) .... Policeman
... aka "In Wrong Thunder and Lightning" - USA (alternative title)
Mabel's Strange Predicament (1914) .... Husband
Making a Living (1914) .... Policeman/Bum
... aka "Take My Picture" - USA (alternative title)
The Under-Sheriff (1914)
Love and Dynamite (1914)
The Rival Pitchers (1913)
The Firebugs (1913) (uncredited)
... aka "Izzy: The Firebug" - USA (alternative title)
... aka "The Fire Bug" - USA (alternative title)
Hubby's Job (1913) (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
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