Actor, director, producer and screenwriter, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle (1887-1933) was one of the most loved then reviled personalities of early films, The large but agile performer began in traveling shows and vaudeville and started appearing in films around 1910. He signed with comedy producer Mack Sennett in 1913 as a member of the Keystone Cops and rose to prominence while performing and collaborating with Mabel Normand and Charlie Chaplin in Keystone Comedies. By the mid-teens Arbuckle was a full fledged director and writer of his own and other comics films. 1917 found him with his own production company and a promising protégé: Buster Keaton.
Sadly, his success was short lived as he fell victim to one of the most infamous of Hollywood scandals. In late 1921, Arbuckle threw a party which was crashed by a starlet named Virginia Rappe who fell seriously ill and died a few days later. Arbuckle was accused of rape and charged with manslaughter for which he was acquitted in 1923… read more