Biography

W.C. Who?

Yesterday we played a game where we tried to guess the name of a famous actor. The answer was W.C. Fields. Apparently only one person got the answer, on the last clue. But she cheated a little, so she only got a half point, rather than a full point.

Congratulations Carolyn, at joyroses13! Your half point has won you this trophy: 🏆 and this blank check: 💶.

One contestant admitted he’d never heard of W.C. Fields before. Have I given away my age with this post? Has the Fields name actually disappeared from the memory of most people younger than me? Damn, now I know I’m old.

W.C. Fields was, in my opinion, one of the greatest comedians of all time. He’s right up there with Groucho Marx and Bob Hope. You’ve heard of them, haven’t you? No? Sigh.

Not only was Fields a great comedian, but in the early years of his show business career he was hailed as the world’s greatest juggler. And he was also one hell of a trick-shot pool player.

Well, his 140th birthday is coming up on January 29th. So to honor this great comic, and to try to keep his memory alive, I’m introducing him to those youngsters who’ve never heard of him. The following is a scene from the 1934 film, The Old Fashioned Way, showcasing Fields’ juggling talents.

Notice that near the end of this scene he appears to accidentally miss a cigar box. Whether or not it was intentional, he amazingly recovers in an instant by picking up a replacement from the floor. Don’t blink your eyes or you won’t catch it.

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    • Juggling was how he began his career in show business. He became so famous at juggling that he toured the world and performed before large audiences. He even put on a performance for the Queen of England.
      I think he did smoke cigars. But not sure how many. He also drank a lot.

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  1. I don’t know that I view him as one of the best comedians of all time ( I prefer George Carlin, Robin Williams, Bob Newhart, Monty Python, etc.) . . . but W.C. had some stellar one liners.

    “I always cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.” ~ W.C. Fields

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