John Bunny

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Birthday
21, 1863
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Apr 26, 1915 (51)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
21, 1863
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Apr 26, 1915 (51)

About

Plump American comedian and silent film actor who is considered to be one of the first modern celebrities. He appeared in a dozen silent films from 1910 to 1915 and his career paved the way for future rotund stars like Fatty Arbuckle and Jackie Gleason.

Before Fame

He worked as a grocery clerk, joined a touring minstrel show, and was the stage manager for various companies.

Trivia

He took out a $100,000 insurance policy on his face and his death, from Bright's disease, was publicized internationally through the printing press.

Family Life

He married to Clara Scallan in 1890 and had two sons with her, one of which eventually became an actor.

Associated With

He was among the greatest early screen comedians by Vachel Lindsay in 1915.

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