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.