W C Fields
W.C. Fields’s early films featured one of his two comic types: either the con man–braggart or the henpecked husband, and he was renowned for his fondness for using flowery verbiage, silly names and muttered asides. Fields became a major star in his mid-50s, but his career—and his life—nearly came to an end as alcoholism led to serious illnesses, but he kept going, acting into the 1940s.
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