William Claude Dukenfield, a.k.a. W.C. Fields (1880–1946), was an American comedian, actor, juggler and writer, most famous during the 1930s and 1940s. He made several classic comedy films, but was also well known for his radio performances with Edgar Bergen's dummy Charlie McCarthy.
Fields is best known for his comic persona as a misanthropic alcoholic who generally disliked dogs, women and children, an image that was a bit Truth in Television
. His films have been praised for their clever jokes and anti-sentimental comedy, which made him a cult actor even to this day. His magnum opus, The Bank Dick
(1941), has been Vindicated by History
as one of the best comedy films of all time.
Fields is endlessly quotable, being a funny comedian as he is. Not all of it is safe for work though.
Fields is also present on the album cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
by The Beatles
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