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Mack Swain

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Mack Swain (born Moroni Swain, February 16, 1876 – August 25, 1935) was an early American film actor, who appeared in many of Mack Sennett's comedies at Keystone Studios, including the Keystone Cops series. He also appeared in major features by Charlie Chaplin. In the early 1900s Swain had his own stock theater company, which performed in the western and midwestern United States. Swain worked in vaudeville before starting in silent film at Keystone Studios under Mack Sennett. While with Keystone, he was teamed with Chester Conklin to make a series of comedy films. With Swain as "Ambrose" and Conklin as the grand mustachioed "Walrus", they performed these roles in several films including The Battle of Ambrose and Walrus and Love, Speed and Thrills, both made in 1915. Besides these comedies, the two appeared together in a variety of other films, 26 all told, and they also appeared separately and/or together in films starring Mabel Normand, Charles Chaplin, Roscoe Arbuckle and most of the rest of the roster of Keystone players. Swain later took his Ambrose character with him to the L-KO Kompany. Having already worked with Charles Chaplin at Keystone, Swain began working with him again at First National in 1921, appearing in The Idle Class, Pay Day, and The Pilgrim. He is also remembered for his large supporting role as Big Jim McKay in the 1925 film The Gold Rush, for United Artists, written by and starring Chaplin. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Mack Swain received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 1500 Vine Street.

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Feb 16, 1876 In Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie A Muddy Romance 1913-11-19
Latest Project:
Movie Star Power: The Creation Of United Artists 1998-01-01
Known For
Poster of Star Power: The Creation Of United Artists
Poster of Happy Times and Jolly Moments
Poster of The Sea Bat
Poster of The Gold Rush
Movie Star Power: The Creation Of United Artists (archive footage) 1998-01-01
Movie The Chaplin Revue Various (archive footage) 1959-09-01
Movie Happy Times and Jolly Moments (archive footage) 1943-01-01
Movie Lighthouse Love Captain Wiggins - the Lighthouse Keeper 1932-05-06
Movie Finn and Hattie Le Bottin 1931-02-28
Movie Redemption Magistrate 1930-05-02
Movie The Sea Bat Dutchy 1930-07-05
Movie Soup to Nuts First Fat Diner (uncredited) 1930-09-28
Movie Cleaning Up Mack 1930-09-28
Movie The Locked Door Hotel Proprietor 1929-11-16
Movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Sir Francis Beekman 1928-01-22
Movie Tillie's Punctured Romance Tillie's Father 1928-03-03
Movie The Last Warning Robert Bunce 1928-12-25
Movie Caught in the Fog Detective Ryan 1928-08-24
Movie The Shamrock and the Rose Mike Kelly 1927-04-14
Movie The Beloved Rogue Nicholas 1927-03-12
Movie Mockery Vladimir Gaidaroff 1927-08-13
Movie My Best Girl Judge 1927-10-31
Movie Becky Irving Spiegelberg 1927-11-12
Movie Torrent Don Matías 1926-02-21
Movie Sea Horses 1926-02-22
Movie Kiki Pastryman 1926-04-04
Movie The Nervous Wreck Jerome Underwood 1926-10-09
Movie Footloose Widows Ludwig 1926-06-19
Movie Whispering Wires 1926-10-24
Movie The Gold Rush Big Jim McKay 1925-07-12
Movie The Pilgrim Deacon 1923-02-19
Movie This Way Out The Girl's Father 1923-05-27
Movie Pay Day Foreman 1922-04-02
Movie The Idle Class Edna's Father (uncredited) 1921-09-25
Movie Innocent Ambrose Ambrose Schnitz 1920-01-11
Movie Oh, What a Knight The Sheriff 1919-01-25
Movie The Pullman Bride Rover Peabody - the Chosen One 1917-01-01
Movie His Naughty Thought Walter Ambrose 1917-05-06
Movie Thirst Ambrose 1917-07-29
Movie His Bitter Pill Jim - a Big Hearted Sheriff 1916-04-30
Movie A Movie Star Handsome Jack 1916-01-26
Movie Madcap Ambrose Ambrose 1916-07-16
Movie Ye Olden Grafter The Grafter 1915-02-18
Movie Willful Ambrose Pa Ambrose 1915-03-01
Movie Caught in a Park The Bartender 1915-02-06
Movie Love, Speed and Thrills Ambrose 1915-01-18
Movie Ambrose's Sour Grapes Ambrose 1915-03-01
Movie The Home Breakers Ambrose 1915-02-01
Movie Fatty's New Role Ambrose Schnitz 1915-02-01
Movie When Ambrose Dared Walrus Ambrose 1915-07-11
Movie Ambrose's Nasty Temper Ambrose 1915-04-16
Movie That Little Band Of Gold Audience Member (uncredited) 1915-03-14
Movie Ambrose's Lofty Perch Ambrose 1915-04-02
Movie Mabel Lost and Won Mabel's Rival's Husband 1915-06-02
Movie Ambrose's Fury Ambrose 1915-03-24
Movie Ambrose's Little Hatchet Ambrose 1915-03-15
Movie Caught in the Rain Husband 1914-05-04
Movie A Busy Day Husband 1914-05-07
Movie The Fatal Mallet Another rival 1914-06-01
Movie Caught in a Cabaret Tough Patron / Party Guest / Boy's Father (uncredited) 1914-04-27
Movie The Knockout Gambler (uncredited) 1914-06-11
Movie A Robust Romeo 1914-02-12
Movie The Under-Sheriff Villager 1914-01-08
Movie Double Crossed The Belle's Boyfriend 1914-01-25
Movie Mabel's Married Life Wellington, a Ladykiller 1914-06-20
Movie A Thief Catcher Crook 1914-02-19
Movie Mabel at the Wheel Spectator at Races 1914-04-18
Movie His Musical Career Mike, Charlie's Partner 1914-11-07
Movie Getting Acquainted Ambrose 1914-12-05
Movie His Prehistoric Past King Lowbrow 1914-12-07
Movie Ambrose's First Falsehood Ambrose 1914-12-12
Movie Gussle, the Golfer Ambrose 1914-12-27
Movie Laughing Gas Patient 1914-07-09
Movie Leading Lizzie Astray Cafe Patron - In from the Mines 1914-11-30
Movie Gentlemen of Nerve Mr. Walrus 1914-10-29
Movie The Sea Nymphs Ambrose 1914-11-23
Movie His Trysting Places Ambrose 1914-11-09
Movie Tillie's Punctured Romance Tillie's father 1914-11-14
Movie Fatty's Wine Party Restaurant Proprietor 1914-11-21
Movie A Muddy Romance Desk Sergeant / Park Attendant 1913-11-19
Movie The Gusher Villager / Cop 1913-12-14
Movie Fatty Joins the Force Cop at Station House 1913-11-23