W. C. Fields

Born Jan 29, 1880
Hometown Darby, Pennsylvania
Died Dec 25, 1946
Death Place United States
Height 5' 8" (173 cm)
Nationality American
Other Names Dukenfield, Willi...

William Claude Dukenfield, better known as W. C. Fields, was an American comedian, actor, juggler and writer. Fields was known for his comic persona as a misanthropic and hard-drinking egotist who remained a sympathetic character despite his snarling contempt for dogs, children and women. The characterization he portrayed in films and on radio was so strong it became generally identified with Fields himself.… Read More

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1880 Birth Born on January 29, 1880.


1900 20 Years Old Fields married a fellow vaudevillian, chorus girl Harriet "Hattie" Hughes, on April 8, 1900.
1904 24 Years Old Their son, William Claude Fields, Jr., was born on July 28, 1904. … Read More
1906 26 Years Old …  In 1906 he made his Broadway debut in a musical comedy, The Ham Tree. … Read More
1907 27 Years Old At the time Fields was away from Hattie on tour in England. By 1907, however, he and Hattie had separated; she had been pressing him to stop touring and settle down to a respectable trade, while he was unwilling to give up his own livelihood. … Read More


1915 35 Years Old Fields starred in a couple of short comedies, filmed in New York in 1915.


1924 44 Years Old His stage commitments prevented him from doing more movie work until 1924. … Read More


1932 52 Years Old 1 More Event
Fields lived with Carlotta Monti (1907–1993) after they met in 1932, and they began a relationship that lasted until his death in 1946. … Read More
1933 53 Years Old It was for one of the films of this period (International House) that outtakes of one scene (Fields, and two other actors) allegedly recorded the only moving image record of the 1933 Long Beach earthquake. … Read More
1934 54 Years Old …  His 1934 classic It's a Gift included his stage sketch of trying to escape his nagging family by sleeping on the back porch, and being bedeviled by noisy neighbors and traveling salesmen. … Read More
1935 55 Years Old Although lacking formal education, he was well read and a lifelong admirer of author Charles Dickens, whose characters' unusual names inspired Fields to do likewise for his various characters. He achieved one of his career ambitions by playing the character Mr. Micawber, in MGM's David Copperfield in 1935.
1936 56 Years Old In 1936, Fields re-created his signature stage role in Poppy for Paramount Pictures. … Read More
1939 59 Years Old Fields's renewed popularity from his radio broadcasts with Bergen & McCarthy earned him a contract with Universal Pictures in 1939. … Read More


In 1940 Fields made My Little Chickadee, with Mae West, and The Bank Dick, perhaps his best-known film, in which he has the following exchange with bartender Shemp Howard: … Read More
1945 65 Years Old His last film, the musical revue Sensations of 1945, was released in late 1944.
1946 66 Years Old 1 More Event
Fields died in 1946 (from an alcohol-related stomach hemorrhage) on the holiday he claimed to despise: Christmas Day. … Read More
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