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Roscoe Ates

Highest Rated:   100% The Ladies' Man (1961)
Lowest Rated:   44% The Errand Boy (1961)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
44% The Errand Boy
  • Actor
1961
100% The Ladies' Man
  • Pet Shop Owner
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
96% 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
94% 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 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
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
83% The Big House
  • Putnam
1930
80% City Girl
  • Reaper
1930
83% The Great Moment
  • Sign Painter
1921

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