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Charley Chase

Highest Rated:   100% Sons of the Desert (1933)
Lowest Rated:   100% Sons of the Desert (1933)
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Birthplace:   Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Charley Chase's comic abilities went far beyond his on-camera antics: he was also a talented director, screenwriter, and even a songwriter. Born Charles Parrott on October 20, 1893, he was already a seasoned vaudeville performer by the time he was in his late teens. His travels brought him to Los Angeles, where he began appearing in comedies for Al Christie in 1913. A few months later, he went to Mack Sennett's Keystone Pictures. Because of his good looks, it was hard for him to stand out amongst such eccentric Sennett comedians as Chester Conklin and Mack Swain; nevertheless, he made a solid supporting comic for the studio's luminaries, Charles Chaplin, Mabel Normand, and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. He made even more of an impression as a director, and, for the latter half of the 1910s, he worked in that capacity for actors such as Ford Sterling, Hank Mann, Charles "Heinie" Conklin, Billy West, and Mr. and Mrs. Carter DeHaven. In addition to working for Sennett, he worked at Fox, L-KO, Paramount, and King Bee (where he directed Oliver Hardy).Chase came into his own when he began working for producer Hal Roach in 1921. Roach was looking both for a director and for someone who would supervise the other comedy units. Director/writer James Parrott, who was already working at the studio, suggested his older brother. Chase -- still known as Charles Parrott -- directed Snub Pollard's comedies and oversaw production on the Roach lot. In 1923, in a return to acting, he starred in a new series for Roach, billing himself as Charley Chase to keep his identity as a director (where he was still known as Charles Parrott) separate from his identity as an actor. In his first series of one-reelers, his character was called Jimmy Jump (later he just used his own name, as did most of Roach's actors), and he developed his screen persona: usually a white-collar guy bashfully in love with his sweetheart or a young married man getting himself into one scrape or another. Through the silent era, Chase was one of Roach's most popular stars, and, because he possessed a wonderful speaking (and singing) voice, he made an easy transition to sound. His most notable co-star during the early talkie era was comedienne Thelma Todd, before she went on to her own two-reelers; in addition, Chase was often supported by Roach favorites James Finlayson and Billy Gilbert. However, Chase is probably best remembered for his supporting role in Laurel and Hardy's 1933 feature, Sons of the Desert, in which, playing against his usually likable type, he portrayed an obnoxious conventioneer. Although there was talk of starring Chase in features, he never made the move up. By the mid-thirties, the era of classic comic two-reelers was on the wane, and Chase was released from the Roach Studios in 1936.A few months after being let go from Roach, Chase went over to Columbia's comedy shorts division, where he appeared in such films as The Wrong Miss Wright (1937) and The Heckler (1940). He also directed a number of films for the studio, most notably for The Three Stooges, including one of their best shorts, Violent is the Word for Curly. Columbia's high-volume slapstick wasn't Chase's comic approach of choice, but he adapted nevertheless, and he even added the sublimely subtle touches that he specialized in throughout his career. Chase died of a heart attack in June 1940. His last Columbia short, His Bridal Fright, was released three weeks after his death.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Amateur Lunch Break Groupsex
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Real 10 Girls Geyser Orgasms!
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Hairy Boxes Hard Humped & Pumped 2
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet XXL Perfect Natural Jugs & Buttsex
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet 1 Shaft Splits 2 Teens! 2
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet I Went Down On Too Many Frat Guys
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Wet MILFs Explode on Black Pole
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Boobzillas Glazed With Goo
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Amateur Handjob Tuggers
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet I Sucked Too Many Frat Guys Last Night
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Buxom Latina MILFs Bounce On Pole 1
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Sneaky Sex In Public!
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Rough Stuffings for 18YO Cuties!
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Wife's First Lesbian Girlfriend
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Limousine Love
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Dog Shy
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet When Comedy Was King
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet Laurel & Hardy
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet The Three Stooges
  • Director
  • Producer
1938
100% Sons of the Desert
  • Charley
1933
No Score Yet Sherman Said It
  • Charley
1933
No Score Yet The Panic Is On
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet Movie Night
  • Actor
1929
No Score Yet Crazy Like A Fox
  • Actor
1926
No Score Yet Mighty Like A Moose
  • Actor
1926
No Score Yet What Price Goofy?
  • Charley
1925
No Score Yet The King of the Wild Horses
  • Boyd Fielding
1924
No Score Yet American Slapstick
  • Actor
1915
No Score Yet Musical Tramps
  • Piano Store Manager
1914
No Score Yet Dough and Dynamite
  • Customer
1914
No Score Yet The Rounders
  • Diner
1914
No Score Yet The Good for Nothing
  • Nephew
1914
No Score Yet The Masquerader
  • Actor
1914

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