Born January 29, 1880, juggler, comedian and actor W.C. Fields made an indelible mark on satiric comedy. Starting out in Vaudeville, W.C. soon became known for his raucous behavior on and off stage, making a reputation for himself which landed him a prime position within Florenz Ziegfeld's Follies…more
Camera Three aired a second program on W.C. Fields on April 23, 1967 titled "Pool Sharks" after his 1915 film of the same name.
Camera Three aired a program on April 2, 1967 called "W.C. Fields Rediscovered". W. Claude Fields Jr. his son and film critc Judith Crist were the guests.
The Mike Douglas Show aired a "Salute to W.C. Fields" program on April 22nd, 1976 with the upcoming release of the film "W.C. Fields and Me". Guests were actors Rod Steiger and Jack Cassidy, stars of the film and producer Jay Weston along with longtime companion of W.C.'s Carlotta Monti.
The David Frost Show aired a program on June 18th, 1971 paying tribute to the life and works of W.C. Fields. Guests were W.C.'s longtime companion Carlotta Monti, film curator Raymond Rohauer and Mickey Rooney.
W.C. Fields used a pseudonym Charles Bogle when he wrote his 1934 film It's a Gift.
He had been approached to play the role of the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz (1939) but the role went to Frank Morgan instead. The studio executives claimed that Fields wanted too much money while Fields and his agent said he wanted to dedicate his time to writing the script to You Can't Cheat an Honest Man.
W.C. Fields stood 5'8" tall.
W.C. Fields' proposed epitaph was to read: "All things considered, I'd rather be in Philadelphia."
W.C. Fields was the original choice for the title role in the 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz.
On movie sets, W.C. Fields kept a vacuum flask of martinis handy; he referred to it as his "lemonade".
W.C. Fields was pictured on the 15¢ US commemorative postage stamp for the Performing Arts and Artists series which was issued on January 29, 1980, the 100th anniversary year of his birth.
W.C. Fields Hollywood Walk of Fame Star for Motion Pictures is located at 7004 Hollywood Blvd. He also has a star for Radio at 6316 Hollywood Blvd.
W.C. Fields: (when asked if he thought intelligent life could be on other planets) There better be, there's none on this one!
W.C. Fields: I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it.
W.C. Fields: A man's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another drink.
W.C. Fields: The world is getting to be such a dangerous place, a man is lucky to get out of it alive.
W.C. Fields: (his most famous words) You can't cheat an honest man, never give a sucker an even break, or smarten up a chump.
W.C. Fields: A thing worth having is a thing worth cheating for.
W.C. Fields: Some things are better than sex, and some are worse, but there's nothing exactly like it.
W.C. Fields: After two days in the hospital, I took a turn for the nurse.
W.C. Fields: (on Charlie Chaplin) He's the best ballet dancer in the world.
W.C. Fields: (on the Bible) I admit I scanned it once, searching for some movie plots, but I found only a pack of wild lies.
W.C. Fields: Sleep - the most beautiful experience in life - except drink.
W.C. Fields: It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to.
W.C. Fields: If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull.
W.C. Fields: If I had to live my life over, I'd live over a saloon.
W.C. Fields: I never drink water; that is the stuff that rusts pipes.
W.C. Fields: I never worry about being driven to drink; I just worry about being driven home.
W.C. Fields: I am an expert of electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the state prison.
W.C. Fields: It's morally wrong to allow a sucker to keep his money.
W.C. Fields: There are only two real ways to get ahead today - sell liquor or drink it.
W.C. Fields: You can't trust water: Even a straight stick turns crooked in it.
W.C. Fields: I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.
W.C. Fields: Don't worry about your heart, it will last you as long as you live.
W.C. Fields: Anyone who hates children and animals can't be all bad.
W.C. Fields: Abstaining is favorable both to the head and the pocket.
W.C. Fields: (Looking back on his life) You know, I'd like to see how I would've made out without liquor.
W.C. Fields: (When seen reading the Bible) Just looking for loopholes.
W.C. Fields: There comes a time in the affairs of man when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation.
W.C. Fields: Children should neither be seen nor heard from... ever again.
W.C. Fields: What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?
W.C. Fields: Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite, and furthermore always carry a small snake.
W.C. Fields: The only thing a lawyer won't question is the legitimacy of his mother.
W.C. Fields: Wouldn't it be terrible if I quoted some reliable statistics which prove that more people are driven insane through religious hysteria than by drinking alcohol?
W.C. Fields: The cost of living has gone up another dollar a quart.
W.C. Fields: The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.
W.C. Fields: Hell, I never vote for anybody. I always vote against.
W.C. Fields: Horse sense is what a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.
W.C. Fields: Drown in a cold vat of whiskey? Death, where is thy sting?
W.C. Fields: A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.
W.C. Fields: Once during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.
W.C. Fields: Women are like elephants. They are interesting to look at, but I wouldn't like to own one.
W.C. Fields: Hollywood is the gold cap on a tooth that should have been pulled out years ago.
W.C. Fields: 'Twas a woman drove me to drink. I never had the courtesy to thank her.
W.C. Fields: Marriage is better than leprosy because it's easier to get rid of.
W.C. Fields: Start every day with a smile, and get it over with.
W.C. Fields: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then give up. No use being a damned fool about it.
W.C. Fields: Back in my rummy days, I would tremble and shake for hours upon arising. It was the only exercise I got.
W.C. Fields: I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.
W.C. Fields: Show me a great actor and I'll show you a lousy husband; show me a great actress and you've seen the devil.