Arthur Lake

Highest Rated: 94% Topper (1937)
Lowest Rated: 94% Topper (1937)
Birthday: Apr 17, 1905
Birthplace: Corbin, Kentucky, USA
Truly a single-note man, American actor Arthur Lake spent most of his adult life portraying only one screen role: Dagwood Bumstead. The son of circus acrobats and the brother of character actress Florence Lake (famed for her ongoing portrayal of Mrs. Edgar Kennedy in nearly 100 two-reel comedies), Lake began his professional career as one of the "Fox Kiddies" in a series of silent-film takeoffs of famous fairy tales, featuring casts comprised completely of children. Lake graduated to a succession of collegiate and office boy roles in feature films, gaining a degree of stardom in the late 1920s and early 1930s after appearing in the title role of Harold Teen (1928). The actor's high-pitched voice and Mama's boy features were amusing for a while, but audiences became bored with Lake by 1934, and the actor found himself shunted to supporting parts and bits. An amusing role as a flustered bellboy in Topper (1937) rejuvenated his career, but Lake's comeback wouldn't be complete until Columbia Pictures cast him as woebegone suburbanite Dagwood Bumstead in Blondie (1938), based on Chic Young's internationally popular comic strip. The strip's characterizations were altered to fit the personalities of Lake and his costar Penny Singleton; in the films, Dagwood was the dope and Blondie the brains of the family, precisely the opposite of the comic-strip situation. A few scattered "straight" performances aside, Lake was nothing other than Dagwood in films from 1938 through 1950; he not only starred in 28 "Blondie" pictures, but repeated the role on radio and starred in an unsuccessful 1954 TV series based on the property. Not at all the blithering idiot that he played on screen, Lake was a sagacious businessman in real life, his wise investments increasing the fortune he'd already accumulated by playing Dagwood -- and also bolstering the moneys inherited by his socialite wife, Patricia Van Cleve. Though he often remarked that it would be wonderful to play Dagwood forever, Lake parted company with the role in the mid-1950s; when another Blondie TV series appeared briefly in 1968, it starred Will Hutchins. Appearing publicly only rarely in the 1960s and 1970s (usually in summer theatres and revivals of 1920s musicals like No, No Nanette), Lake retired before his 70th birthday, a far more prosperous and secure man than his alter ego Dagwood Bumstead -- who's still being fired regularly by boss Mr. Dithers in the funny papers - ever would be.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Beware of Blondie Dagwood Bumstead 1950
No Score Yet Blondie's Hero Dagwood Bumstead 1950
No Score Yet Blondie Hits the Jackpot Dagwood Bumstead 1949
No Score Yet 16 Fathoms Deep Pete 1948
No Score Yet Blondie's Reward Dagwood Bumstead 1948
No Score Yet Blondie's Secret Dagwood Bumstead 1948
No Score Yet Blondie in the Dough Dagwood Bumstead 1947
No Score Yet Blondie's Anniversary Dagwood Bumstead 1947
No Score Yet Blondie's Big Moment Dagwood 1947
No Score Yet Blondie's Holiday Dagwood Bumstead 1947
No Score Yet Blondie Knows Best Dagwood Bumstead 1946
No Score Yet Blondie's Lucky Day Dagwood Bumstead 1946
No Score Yet Life with Blondie Dagwood Bumstead 1945
No Score Yet Leave It to Blondie Dagwood Bumstead 1945
No Score Yet The Big Show-Off Sanford 'Sandy'Elliott, Shy Pianist 1945
No Score Yet Sailor's Holiday 'Marblehead' Tomkins 1944
No Score Yet It's a Great Life Dagwood Bumstead 1943
No Score Yet Footlight Glamour Dagwood Bumstead 1943
No Score Yet Blondie for Victory Dagwood Bumstead 1942
No Score Yet Blondie Goes to College Dagwood 'Daggie' Bumstead 1942
No Score Yet Blondie's Blessed Event Dagwood Bumstead 1942
No Score Yet Blondie in Society Dagwood 1941
No Score Yet Blondie Goes Latin Dagwood Bumstead 1941
No Score Yet Blondie Plays Cupid Dagwood Bumstead 1940
No Score Yet Blondie Has Servant Trouble Dagwood Bumstead 1940
No Score Yet Blondie on a Budget Dagwood Bumstead 1940
No Score Yet Blondie Dagwood 'Dag' Bumstead 1939
No Score Yet Blondie Takes a Vacation Dagwood Bumstead 1939
No Score Yet Blondie Meets the Boss Dagwood Bumstead 1939
No Score Yet There Goes My Heart Flash Fisher 1938
No Score Yet Exiled to Shanghai Bud 1937
94% Topper Elevator Boy 1937
No Score Yet True Confession Attendant 1937
No Score Yet The Silver Streak Crawford 1934
No Score Yet Indiscreet Buster Collins 1931
No Score Yet Cheer Up and Smile Eddie Fripp 1930
No Score Yet Tanned Legs Bill 1929
No Score Yet On with the Show Harold 1929
No Score Yet Lilac Time (Love Never Dies) The Unlucky One 1928
No Score Yet Skinner's Dress Suit Tommy 1926

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