"He was tremendous, obese — just plain fat.
“ 'Name's Arbuckle,' he said. 'Roscoe Arbuckle. Call me Fatty!' . . . With no warning he went into a featherlight step, clapped his hands, and did a backward somersault as graceful as a girl tumbler."
- Mack Sennett, founder of Keystone Studios and later Mack Sennett Comedies
In his day, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle was one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood, the first to earn a million dollars a year.
The 320-pound Kansan is credited with performing some of the first pie-in-the-face gags on film. Audiences loved him for his pratfalls, somersaults and chase scenes as a Keystone Kop.
But when a Hollywood murder was linked to Arbuckle, his fans withdrew, and his movies were banned. He never recovered.
Arbuckle's films were banned across the nation.
Two trials resulted in hung juries. A third resulted in Arbuckle's acquittal and a written apology from the jury.
To salvage his ability to work again, fellow Kansan and actor Buster Keaton suggested Arbuckle change his name to Will B. Good. Thinking that too obvious, Arbuckle stretched it to William Goodrich; his father's name was William Goodrich Arbuckle.
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