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Roscoe Arbuckle was born in Kansas on March 24 1887 At birth Roscoe weighed an amazing 14 pounds thus his nickname Fatty He is named after the Republican politician Roscoe Conkling In the fall of 1887 his family moved to Santa Anna California In 1899 Mary Arbuckle Fattys mother died After his mothers death his father abandoned him Roscoe began making a living by doing little jobs in a hotel in San Jose While he was at work in the kitchen he would sing One day while on the job a lady who was a singer in the hotel heard him She took him to a theater in the neighborhood where he won at the amateur night David Grauman a showman saw Roscoe there and soon Roscoe was in Vaudeville with his own singing and dancing career In 1904 Fatty began touring the American West Coast when he joined the Pantages He appeared in his first movie Bens Kid in 1909 He was so embarrassed that he didnt tell anyone about it In the same year he fell in love with a singer named Minta Durfee whom he married shortly after In 1913 Fatty wanted to try his luck at Keystone He was lucky by doing it at the right time because Mack Sennetts lead comic Fred Mace had just left the studio for more money Roscoe was hired immediately along with his wife His nephew was hired also against Fattys will In April 1913 The Gangsters made a beginning and fatty quickly became one of the most popular figures at Keystone In A Noise from the Deep Fatty became the first film comedian to be hit with a pie In early 1914 a man by the name of Charles Spencer Chaplin was hired to replace comedian Ford Sterling Chaplin decided to borrow Fattys pants and became popular overnight as the Little
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