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Ben Turpin (1874-1940)

Just look at that face! How could one not laugh?
Silent film clown Ben Turpin was born Bernard Turpin in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 19th, 1874. Ben appeared on the stage, in burlesque shows, and in vaudeville before entering movies. Known for his severely crossed eyes and his gift for slapstick humor, he began his film career with Essanay Studio in 1907. He appeared in some early Charles Chaplin shorts, but he worked mainly for Mack Sennett as a featured player. Later he also worked for Hal Roach and Pathé during the 1920's. During the sound era Ben played cameo and character roles in occasional films for Paramount and Warner Brothers. Ben's crossed eyes made him a very rich man in the movies. As a joke he had his eyes insured by Lloyd's Of London -- in case they would ever come uncrossed. He was married twice, to actress Carrie Turpin, who died in 1925, and he married again in 1926 to Babette Dietz. This marriage lasted till Ben's death from heart disease on July 1st, 1940, in Santa Monica, California. ~ Copyright © 2004 goldensilents.com

Ben Turpin's Silent Films

Eyes Have It, The (1928)
Idle Eyes (1928)
Seein' Things (1928)
Woman's Way, A (1928)
Wife's Relations, The (1928) .... Rodney St. Clair
... aka Lost Heiress, The (1928) (UK)
Broke in China (1927)
Love's Languid Lure (1927)
Pride of Pikeville, The (1927)

Ben Turpin, Love and Doughnuts - goldensilents.com

Daddy Boy (1927)
... aka Daddyboy (1927) (USA: copyright title)
College Hero, The (1927) .... The Janitor
Bull Fighter, The (1927)
Jolly Jilter, The (1927)
Hollywood Hero, A (1927)
Harem Knight, A (1926) .... Rodney St. Clair
Prodigal Bridegroom, A (1926)
When a Man's a Prince (1926)
Blonde's Revenge, A (1926) .... Gerald Montague
Steel Preferred (1926) .... Bartender
Hogan's Alley (1925) .... A Stranger
Marriage Circus, The (1925)
Raspberry Romance (1925)
Wild Goose Chaser (1925)
Reel Virginian, The (1924)
Three Foolish Weeks (1924) .... Rodney St. Clair
Romeo and Juliet (1924)
Yukon Jake (1924) .... Sheriff Cyclone Bill
Hollywood Kid, The (1924)
Ten Dollars or Ten Days (1924)
Pitfalls of a Big City (1923)
Where's My Wandering Boy Tonight? (1923)
Daredevil, The (1923)
Asleep at the Switch (1923)
Hollywood (1923) .... Cameo appearance
... aka Joligud (1923)
Shriek of Araby, The (1923) .... The Sheik
Home Made Movies (1922)
Step Forward (1922)
Bright Eyes (1922)
Love's Outcast (1921)
Love and Doughnuts (1921)
Molly O' (1921) (uncredited)
Home Talent (1921) .... Stranded Actor
She Sighed by the Seaside (1921)
Small Town Idol, A (1921) .... Sam Smith
Bloggie's Vacation (1920)
Countess Bloggie (1920)
You Wouldn't Believe It (1920)
Married Life (1920) .... Rodney St. Clair
Quack Doctor, The (1920)
Down on the Farm (1920/I) .... Her Husband
Star Boarder, The (1920)
East Lynne with Variations (1919)
When Love Is Blind (1919)
Salome vs. Shenandoah (1919)
Uncle Tom Without a Cabin (1919) .... Uncle Tom
... aka Uncle Tom's Cabin (1919)
Lady's Tailor, A (1919)
Sleuths (1919)
Dentist, The (1919)
No Mother to Guide Him (1919)
Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919) .... A Guardsman
... aka Kaiser's Last Squeal, The (1919) (USA)
Cupid's Day Off (1919)
Hide and Seek Detectives (1918)
Whose Little Wife Are You? (1918)
She Loved Him Plenty (1918)
Two Tough Tenderfeet (1918)
Love Loops the Loop (1918)
Battle Royal, The (1918)
Saucy Madeline (1918)
Sheriff Nell's Tussle (1918)
Cactus Nell (1917)
Pawnbroker's Heart, The (1917)
Sole Mates (1917)
Taming Target Center (1917)
When Ben Bolted (1917) .... Ben
... aka He Looked Crooked (1917) (USA)
... aka Why Ben Bolted (1917) (USA)
Are Waitresses Safe? (1917)
Bedroom Blunder, A (1917)
... aka Room 23 (1917)
Roping Her Romeo (1917)
Lost: A Cook (1917)
Clever Dummy, A (1917)
Oriental Love (1917) (unconfirmed)
Caught in the End (1917/II)
Bucking the Tiger (1917)
Frightened Flirts (1917)
Masked Mirth (1917)
His Bogus Boast (1917)
... aka Cheerful Liar, A (1917)
Studio Stampede, A (1917)
Butcher's Nightmare, The (1917)
Musical Marvel, The (1917)
Circus Cyclone, A (1917)
He Did and He Didn't (1916)
Jealous Jolts (1916)
Lost and Found (1916)
Taking the Count (1916) .... A Cabin Steward
Shot in the Fracas (1916)
Waiting Game, A (1916) .... A Tramp
Wicked City, The (1916)
Picture Pirates (1916)
Some Bravery (1916) .... A Bellhop
Safe Proposition, A (1916) .... A Burglar
Ducking a Discord (1916)
Essanay-Chaplin Revue of 1916, The (1916) .... The property man
... aka Chaplin Revue of 1916, The (1916) (USA: alternative title)
Poultry à la Mode (1916)
... aka Harem, The (1916)
... aka Poultry (1916) (USA)
Doctoring a Leak (1916)
... aka Total Loss, A (1916)
Bungling Bill's Dress Suit (1916)
Some Liars (1916)
Stolen Booking, The (1916)
For Ten Thousand Bucks (1916) .... Bloggie
Deep Sea Liar, A (1916) .... Bloggie
... aka Landlubber, The (1916)
Hired and Fired (1916/I) .... Bloggie
... aka Leading Man, The (1916)
Just for a Kid (1916)
Iron Mitt, The (1916) .... Bloggie
When Papa Died (1916)
Delinquent Bridegrooms (1916) .... Bloggie
His Blowout (1916) .... Bloggie
... aka Plumber, The (1916)
Nailing on the Lid (1916)
... aka Nailing a Lie (1916) (USA)
National Nuts (1916)
Burlesque on Carmen (1916) .... Renandados
... aka Charlie Chaplin's Burlesque on Carmen (1916) (USA: complete title)
Bunch of Matches, A (1915)
Burlesque on Carmen (1915) .... Remendado
... aka Charlie Chaplin's Burlesque on Carmen (1915) (USA: complete title)
Christmas Revenge, A (1915)
Clubman's Wager, The (1915)
Coat Tale, A (1915)
Curiosity (1915)
Hash House Fraud, A (1915)
Hogan Out West (1915)
Hogan's Romance Upset (1915)
Love and Trouble (1915)
Quiet Little Game, A (1915)
Snakeville's Debutantes (1915) .... Bloggie
Sweedie and Her Dog (1915)
Sweedie Goes to College (1915)
Sweedie Learns to Ride (1915)
Sweedie's Hero (1915)
Sweedie's Hopeless Love (1915)
Sweedie's Suicide (1915)
Too Much Turkey (1915)
Two Bold, Bad Men (1915)
Two Hearts That Beat as Ten (1915)
Undertaker's Wife, The (1915)
Snakeville's Champion (1915) .... Bloggie
Merry Models, The (1915) .... Bloggie
It Happened in Snakeville (1915) .... Bloggie
Snakeville's Hen Medic (1915) .... Bloggie
Versus Sledge Hammers (1915) .... The Count
Bell-Hop, The (1915) .... The Bell-Hop
Snakeville's Twins (1915)
Others Started But Sophie Finished (1915)
Sophie and the Fakir (1915)
How Slippery Slim Saw the Show (1915)
Their Social Splash (1915)
... aka Social Splash (1915) (USA)
Champion, The (1915) .... Salesman
... aka Battling Charlie (1915)
... aka Champion Charlie (1915)
... aka Charlie the Champion (1915) (USA)
Night Out, A (1915/I) .... Fellow Reveller
... aka Champagne Charlie (1915)
... aka Charlie's Drunken Daze (1915) (USA)
... aka Charlie's Night Out (1915) (USA)
... aka His Night Out (1915) (USA)
His New Job (1915) .... Film Extra, in Anteroom
... aka Charlie's New Job (1915)
Fickleness of Sweedie, The (1914)
Golf Champion 'Chick Evans' Links with Sweedie (1914)
Madame Double X (1914)
She Landed a Big One (1914)
Sweedie and the Double Exposure (1914)
Sweedie and the Lord (1914)
Sweedie and the Troublemaker (1914)
Sweedie at the Fair (1914)
Sweedie Learns to Swim (1914)
Sweedie Springs a Surprise (1914)
Sweedie's Skate (1914)
Ben Gets a Duck and Is Ducked (1909)
Case of Seltzer, A (1909)
New Cop, The (1909) (unconfirmed)
Hustling Advertiser, A (1909) .... The Young Man
Mr. Flip (1909) .... Mr. Flip
Mexican's Gratitude, A (1909)
Rubes and the Bunco Men, The (1909)
Energetic Street Cleaner, The (1909)
Midnight Disturbance (1909) .... The Burglar
Tag Day (1909) .... The Tramp
Haunted Lounge, The (1909)
Breaking Into Society (1908)
Oh, What Lungs! (1908)
Younger Brothers, The (1908)
Free Lunch, A (1907)
Mr. Inquisitive (1907)
Awful Skate, or The Hobo on Rollers (1907) .... The Hobo


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