"All who have ever known the real Roscoe Arbuckle will always treasure the memory of the great, generous heart of the man, a heart big enough to embrace in its warmth everyone who came to him for help, stranger and friend alike. It was this quality which led to his downfall, after he had struggled from poverty to a fame in which the children throughout the world worshipped him. Those who knew him for the great artist he was admired him. His was the tragedy of a man born to make the world laugh and to receive only suffering as his reward. And to the end he held no malice."

20th Century Fox co-founder Joseph Schenck

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Welcome to callmefatty.com!

An online repository of information about silent-film comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle


Forget everything you think you know about this man. He was innocent.

Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle was one of the most innovative and talented film comedians of all time. He was popular too. Adults ranked him second only to Chaplin. Kids considered him number one.

Arbuckle made more than 150 silent films between 1909 and 1921. He helped define the art of slapstick while employed at Keystone Studios, where he excelled as a performer, writer and director before moving on to Famous Players-Lasky, the studio that would become Paramount.

His soaring career came to a drastic halt in 1921, when he was wrongly accused of murdering a young actress and model named Virginia Rappe. He was acquitted after three agonizing trials, but the subsequent scandal all but ruined his career. It remains one of the most infamous (not to mention misreported) Hollywood scandals of all time.

Hollywood friends were supportive, but the motion picture industry wasn't, and to get work, Arbuckle used a pseudonym and stayed behind the scenes as a director and gag writer for the rest of the 1920s.

In 1932, Warner Brothers offered Arbuckle a chance to star in a comedy short called "Hey, Pop." The timing? Just right. The public loved "Hey, Pop," and its success led to five more talkie shorts. Soon there was even talk that Warners might hire Arbuckle to star in a feature-length film.

But it was not to be. Hours after completing his sixth Warners short, Arbuckle died of a heart attack. He was only 46.

Arbuckle's bad luck only continued after his death. Salacious, untrue details of events leading to his arrest found their way into books like "Hollywood Babylon," shredding his already unfairly tattered reputation. Though his contributions to cinema easily compare with those of Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd, they until only recently have remained uncelebrated.

This website aims to help restore Arbuckle's rightful legacy by presenting up-to-date, well-sourced information about his life, career, and irrefutable innocence.

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