W.C. Fields


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Birth Name: W.C. Fields
Born: 01/29/1880
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Death Place: Pasadena, California, USA
Died: 12/25/1946

William Claude Dukenfield was born on Jan. 29, 1880 and raised in Philadelphia, PA. From the start, he had show business in his blood. But unlike comics of later generations, he drew from real life instead of television or a Harvard education. During his childhood, his mother's withering asides about passing neighbors fueled what would become one of Field's classic bits - smiling openly while delivering tart-tongued comments under his breath. In later years, it came to light that Fields often embellished stories of a youth filled with hardship - with the likely truth being that his family was supportive of his dreams to enter show business.

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