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Victor Potel

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Victor Potel (October 12, 1889 – March 8, 1947) was an American film character actor who began in the silent era and appeared in over 430 films in his 38-year career. Victor Potel was born in Lafayette, Indiana in 1889, and his acting career goes back almost to the beginning of the commercial film industry in the United States. He made his first silent film in 1910, a comedy short filmed in Chicago by Essanay Film Manufacturing Company called A Dog on Business. Potel continued to make films for Essanay, appearing in dozens of films every year, including most of the Broncho Billy series, and played a character called "Slippery Slim" in 80 movies. He also appeared in Universal Pictures' "Snakeville" series. Potel's first talking picture was Melody of Love, starring Walter Pidgeon, made for Universal in 1928. and in the sound era he continued to work continuously and constantly, playing small parts and sometimes uncredited bit parts, all primarily comic roles due to his height (6 ft 1 in or 1.85 m) and gawkiness. In addition to acting, on several occasions Potel also wrote and directed. In the 1920s he directed two silent shorts, The Rubber-Neck in 1924 and Action Craver in 1927, and contributed the story for Saxophobia in 1927. In the following decade, in the sound era, he was the dialogue director for The Big Chance (1933), and wrote the story for Inside Information in 1934). In 1935 he provided continuity and dialogue for Million Dollar Haul and the screenplay for Hot Off the Press. In the 1940s, Potel was part of Preston Sturges' unofficial "stock company" of character actors, appearing in nine films written and directed by Sturges. Potel continued to work right up until his death on 8 March 1947. The final film he worked on, Relentless finished filming on 28 February of that year.

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Oct 12, 1889 In Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Loafer 1912-01-20
Latest Project:
Movie The Egg and I 1947-05-01
Known For
Poster of Wagon Wheels West
Poster of The Palm Beach Story
Poster of Sullivan's Travels
Poster of Uneasy Payments
Movie The Egg and I Crowbar (as Vic Potel) 1947-05-01
Movie The Devil Thumbs a Ride Unknown 1947-02-20
Movie The Sin of Harold Diddlebock Prof. Potelle 1947-04-04
Movie The Glass Alibi Gas Attendant (as Vic Potel) 1946-04-27
Movie A Medal for Benny Pepster (uncredited) 1945-04-16
Movie Flame of Barbary Coast Train Fireman 1945-05-28
Movie Rhythm Round-Up Slim Jensen 1945-09-06
Movie Wagon Wheels West Posse Rider (uncredited) 1943-10-30
Movie The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek Newspaper Editor 1943-12-24
Movie The Palm Beach Story Mr. McKeewie 1942-08-28
Movie The Lady from Cheyenne Lem 1941-04-11
Movie The Lady Eve Second Steward (uncredited) 1941-02-25
Movie Ride on Vaquero Ole 1941-04-18
Movie Sullivan's Travels Cameraman 1941-11-30
Movie Three Faces West Postman 1940-07-03
Movie Young Tom Edison Mr. Tompkins 1940-03-15
Movie The Great McGinty Cook (uncredited) 1940-08-01
Movie Girl from God's Country Barber 1940-07-30
Movie The Villain Still Pursued Her Policeman (uncredited) 1940-10-11
Movie Trail of the Vigilantes Conductor 1940-12-13
Movie Li'l Abner Fantastic Brown 1940-11-09
Movie Christmas in July Davenola Salesman 1940-10-25
Movie Second Fiddle Steve - Crane Operator 1939-06-30
Movie Down the Wyoming Trail Slim 1939-06-13
Movie Hollywood Cavalcade Slim 1939-10-13
Movie Stand Up and Fight Coach Driver 1939-01-06
Movie Let Freedom Ring Ole Swensen (uncredited) 1939-02-24
Movie Blondie Brings Up Baby Lars (uncredited) 1939-11-08
Movie Chip of the Flying U Station Agent 1939-11-29
Movie Rovin' Tumbleweeds Man in Store 1939-11-16
Movie Slightly Honorable Gasoline Station Proprietor (Uncredited) 1939-12-22
Movie Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence Ranch Hand 1939-11-03
Movie The Housekeeper's Daughter Suspect 1939-10-26
Movie The Girl of the Golden West Lem - Stagecoach Driver 1938-03-18
Movie On the Great White Trail Lyons 1938-07-22
Movie God's Country and the Woman Turpentine 1937-01-16
Movie Two Gun Law Cassius 1937-04-06
Movie White Bondage Luke Stacey 1937-08-05
Movie Small Town Boy Abner Towner 1937-09-24
Movie Song of the Saddle Little Casino 1936-02-28
Movie Man Hunt Townsman Pointing Out Shefiff's Office (uncredited) 1936-01-29
Movie Three Godfathers 'Buck Tooth' 1936-03-06
Movie The Captain's Kid Deputy Jake Hutchinson 1936-11-14
Movie Yellow Dust Jugger - the Bartender 1936-03-12
Movie Fury Jorgeson (uncredited) 1936-06-05
Movie Down to the Sea Andy 1936-05-30
Movie Whispering Smith Speaks Bill Prouty 1935-05-15
Movie Western Frontier Slim 1935-08-07
Movie The Cowboy and the Bandit Lanky 1935-04-02
Movie The Adventures of Rex and Rinty Kinso 1935-08-30
Movie Big Boy Rides Again Ranch Foreman Scarface 1935-01-05
Movie Ruggles of Red Gap Curly - Cowboy 1935-03-08
Movie Last of the Clintons Jed Clinton 1935-11-12
Movie Waterfront Lady Alex 1935-10-04
Movie Moonlight on the Prairie Tall Saloon Cowboy 1935-11-02
Movie Gun Play Brawler (uncredited) 1935-12-02
Movie Shipmates Forever Loafer (uncredited) 1935-10-12
Movie She Couldn't Take It Farmer 1935-10-08
Movie Inside Information Rice - Thin Detective 1934-09-24
Movie Twisted Rails Tom Watson 1934-05-01
Movie Thunder Over Texas Dick 1934-10-18
Movie Frontier Days Deputy Tex Hatch 1934-11-14
Movie Face in the Sky Ed Burns, Carnival Patron (uncredited) 1933-01-15
Movie Hallelujah I'm a Bum The General 1933-02-03
Movie Damaged Lives Undetermined Role 1933-09-15
Movie Scandal Sheet Reporter 1931-01-31
Movie Ten Cents a Dance Smith, a Sailor 1931-03-06
Movie King of the Wild Peterson 1931-03-01
Movie Selling Shorts Unknown 1931-11-29
Movie The Squaw Man Andy 1931-09-04
Movie Paradise Island Swede 1930-07-15
Movie The Virtuous Sin Sentry 1930-10-31
Movie Doughboys Svendenburg 1930-08-30
Movie Border Romance Slim 1929-05-25
Movie The Virginian Nebrasky 1929-11-09
Movie Captain Swagger Jean 1928-10-13
Movie Melody of Love The Gawk 1928-10-10
Movie Uneasy Payments Unknown 1927-05-04
Movie Morganson's Finish Unknown 1926-05-15
Movie The Lodge in the Wilderness Unknown 1926-07-11
Movie Racing Romance Unknown 1926-08-09
Movie Ten Days Unknown 1925-01-05
Movie Below the Line 'Cuckoo' Niles 1925-09-26
Movie At the Sign of the Jack'O Lantern The Poet 1922-01-22
Movie One a Minute Jingo Pitts 1921-06-19
Movie Water, Water, Everywhere Steve Brainard 1920-02-08
Movie Billions Unknown 1920-12-06
Movie A Petal on the Current 1919-08-03
Movie Hearts and Saddles Unknown 1917-03-31
Movie His Regeneration Pawn Shop Clerk 1915-05-07
Movie Versus Sledge Hammers The Count 1915-09-01
Movie The Good-for-Nothing Old Clerk 1914-06-08
Movie Broncho Billy and the Western Girls Outlaw 1913-07-12
Movie Why Broncho Billy Left Bear County The Druggist 1913-09-27
Movie The Loafer Unknown 1912-01-20