Roscoe Ates

Highest Rated: 100% The Ladies' Man (1961)
Lowest Rated: 50% The Errand Boy (1961)
Birthday: Jan 20, 1895
Birthplace: Not Available
Mississippi-born Roscoe Ates spent a good portion of his childhood overcoming a severe stammer. Entering show business as a concert violinist, the shriveled, pop-eyed Ates found the money was better as a vaudeville comedian, reviving his long-gone stutter for humorous effect. In films from 1929, Ates appeared in sizeable roles in such films as The Champ (1931), Freaks (1932) and Alice in Wonderland (1933), and also starred in his own short subject series with RKO and Vitaphone. Though his trademarked stammer is something of an endurance test when seen today, it paid off in big laughs in the 1930s, when speech impediments were considered the ne plus ultra of hilarity. By the late 1930s Ates's popularity waned, and he was reduced to unbilled bits in such films as Gone with the Wind (1939) and Dixie (1942). His best showing during the 1940s was as comic sidekick to singing cowboy Eddie Dean in a series of 15 low-budget westerns. Remaining busy in films and on TV into the 1960s, Roscoe Ates made his last appearance in the 1961 Jerry Lewis comedy The Errand Boy.

Highest Rated Movies



50% The Errand Boy Actor 1961
100% The Ladies' Man Pet Shop Owner 1961
No Score Yet The Silent Call Sid 1961
No Score Yet The Sheepman Town Loafer 1958
No Score Yet The Big Caper Keeler 1957
No Score Yet Short Cut to Hell Ext. Road Driver 1957
No Score Yet Come Next Spring Shorty Wilkins 1956
No Score Yet The Kettles in the Ozarks Man 1956
No Score Yet Lucy Gallant Anderson 1955
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops Wagon Driver 1955
No Score Yet Those Redheads from Seattle Dan Taylor 1953
No Score Yet The Stranger Wore a Gun Milt Hooper 1953
No Score Yet Inner Sanctum Willie 1948
No Score Yet Black Hills Soapy Jones 1948
No Score Yet The Tioga Kid Soapy Jones 1948
No Score Yet The Hawk of Powder River Soapy 1948
No Score Yet The Westward Trail Soapy Jones 1948
No Score Yet Tornado Range Soapy 1948
No Score Yet Check Your Guns Soapy Jones 1948
No Score Yet Shadow Valley Soapy 1947
No Score Yet West to Glory Soapy Jones 1947
No Score Yet Range Beyond the Blue Soapy 1947
No Score Yet Stars Over Texas 'Soapy' Jones 1946
No Score Yet Down Missouri Way Pappy 1946
No Score Yet Colorado Serenade 'Soapy' Jones 1946
No Score Yet Prairie Outlaws Soapy 1946
No Score Yet Driftin' River Actor 1946
No Score Yet Prairie Outlaws Actor 1946
No Score Yet Can't Help Singing Actor 1944
97% The Palm Beach Story Members of Ale and Quail Club 1942
No Score Yet Tumbleweed Trail Soapy 1942
100% Sullivan's Travels Counterman 1941
100% One Foot in Heaven George Reynolds 1941
No Score Yet Reg'lar Fellers Emory McQuade 1941
No Score Yet Ziegfeld Girl Theater Worker 1941
No Score Yet Robin Hood of the Pecos Guffy 1941
No Score Yet I'll Sell My Life Actor 1941
No Score Yet Chad Hanna Ike Weyfish 1940
No Score Yet Captain Caution Chips 1940
No Score Yet Rancho Grande Tex 1940
92% Gone With the Wind Convalescent Soldier 1939
No Score Yet Three Texas Steers Sheriff Brown 1939
No Score Yet Woman in the Dark Tommy Logan 1934
No Score Yet Merry Wives of Reno The Trapper 1934
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland Fish 1933
No Score Yet What! No Beer? Schultz 1933
98% King Kong Photographer 1933
No Score Yet Hold 'em Jail Slippery Sam Brown 1932
94% Freaks Roscoe 1932
No Score Yet Come On, Danger! Rusty 1932
83% The Champ Sponge 1931
No Score Yet A Free Soul Men's Room Patron Who is Shot At 1931
No Score Yet Cracked Nuts Actor 1931
53% Cimarron Jess Rickey 1931
No Score Yet Politics Peter 1931
No Score Yet Billy the Kid Old Stuff 1930
No Score Yet Love in the Rough Proprietor 1930
86% The Big House Putnam 1930
80% City Girl Reaper 1930
83% The Great Moment Sign Painter 1921


No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Pop Piano Player Zack Ben White Cemetery Clerk Lounger
  • 1960
  • 1959
  • 1958
No Score Yet Maverick
Kibitzer Barker Albert Barfly
  • 1960
  • 1959
  • 1958


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