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Jack Oakie
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Actor
    (November 12, 1903-January 23, 1978)
    Born in Sedalia, Missouri
    Birth name was Lewis Delaney Offield
    Raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma
    Appeared on Broadway in 'Innocent Eyes' (1924) and 'Artists and Models' (1925)
    Appeared in the films 'Finders Keepers' (1928), 'Fast Company' (1929), 'The Wild Party' (1929), 'The Dummy' (1929), 'The Sap from Syracuse' (1930), 'Hit the Deck' (1930), 'If I Had A Million' (1932), 'Once in a Lifetime' (1932), 'Alice in Wonderland' (1933), 'College Humor' (1933), 'Sitting Pretty' (1933), 'Murder at the Vanities' (1934), 'The Call of the Wild' (1935), 'The Big Broadcast of 1936' (1936), 'Super-Sleuth' (1937), 'The Toast of New York' (1937), 'The Great Dictator' (1940), 'Song of the Islands' (1942), 'Bowery to Broadway' (1944), 'Sweet and Low-Down' (1944), 'When My Baby Smiles At Me' (1948), 'Around the World in Eighty Days' (1956), 'The Rat Race' (1960) and 'Lover Come Back' (1961)
    He was called 'the world's oldest freshman' because he repeatedly portrayed college students while in his 30s. (And in an even more extreme case, he played an 18-year-old high school senior when he was 38 in 'Rise and Shine.')
    He refused to wear makeup on screen.
    He would rudely brush off autograph seekers.
    He said about his later films, 'I looked like a walking blimp. I was even too big for the big screen.'
    During an early career as a brokerage clerk, he narrowly escaped death in an anarchist bombing of Wall Street (September 16, 1920).
    He was known for his scene-stealing double takes.
    He was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe as best supporting actor for his parody of Mussolini in Charlie Chaplin's 'The Great Dictator.'
    He said, 'The pictures I made were called the bread and butter pictures of the studio. They cost nothing and made millions, and supported the prestige productions that cost millions and made nothing.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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