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Victor Potel

Victor Potel was born in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1889. His first film was in 1910, for Essanay Film Manufacturing Company in Chicago. Potel worked for Essanay in most of the Broncho Billy series, as well as playing a character called "Slippery Sam" in almost 80 movies as well as Universal Pictures' "Snakeville" series. He moved to Universal in 1928 to make Melody of Love (1928) and worked steadily, playing small and sometimes uncredited bit parts, primarily comic roles due to his height and awkward look. Potel also wrote and directed. In 1935 he provided continuity and dialogue for several films. He became part of Preston Sturges' stock of character actors, appearing in nine films written and directed by Sturges. Potel work until his death on 8 March 1947, just after finishing playing "Barfly" in Relentless (1948). Date of Birth 12 October 1889, Lafayette, Indiana Date of Death 8 March 1947, Hollywood, California

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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 Frontier Days
Poster of Inside Information
Poster of Versus Sledge Hammers
Poster of The Loafer
Movie The Devil Thumbs a Ride 1947-02-20
Movie The Sin of Harold Diddlebock Prof. Potelle 1947-04-04
Movie The Egg and I Crowbar (as Vic Potel) 1947-05-01
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 The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek Newspaper Editor 1943-12-24
Movie The Palm Beach Story Mr. McKeewie 1942-08-28
Movie The Lady Eve Second Steward (uncredited) 1941-02-25
Movie The Lady from Cheyenne Lem 1941-04-11
Movie Ride on Vaquero Ole 1941-04-18
Movie Sullivan's Travels Cameraman 1941-11-30
Movie Girl from God's Country Barber 1940-07-30
Movie Young Tom Edison Mr. Tompkins 1940-03-15
Movie The Great McGinty Cook (uncredited) 1940-08-01
Movie Three Faces West Postman 1940-07-03
Movie The Villain Still Pursued Her Policeman (uncredited) 1940-10-11
Movie Li'l Abner Fantastic Brown 1940-11-09
Movie Trail of the Vigilantes Conductor 1940-12-13
Movie Christmas in July Davenola Salesman 1940-10-25
Movie Second Fiddle Steve - Crane Operator 1939-06-30
Movie Let Freedom Ring Ole Swensen (uncredited) 1939-02-24
Movie Stand Up and Fight Coach Driver 1939-01-06
Movie Hollywood Cavalcade Slim, a Counterman 1939-10-13
Movie Down the Wyoming Trail Slim 1939-06-13
Movie Slightly Honorable Gasoline Station Proprietor (Uncredited) 1939-12-22
Movie Chip of the Flying U Station Agent 1939-11-29
Movie Rovin' Tumbleweeds Man in Store 1939-11-16
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 Three Godfathers 'Buck Tooth' 1936-03-06
Movie Man Hunt Townsman Pointing Out Shefiff's Office (uncredited) 1936-01-29
Movie Song of the Saddle Little Casino 1936-02-28
Movie Yellow Dust Jugger - the Bartender 1936-03-12
Movie The Captain's Kid Deputy Jake Hutchinson 1936-11-14
Movie Down to the Sea Andy 1936-05-30
Movie Fury Jorgeson (uncredited) 1936-06-05
Movie Whispering Smith Speaks Bill Prouty 1935-05-14
Movie The Cowboy and the Bandit Lanky 1935-04-02
Movie Big Boy Rides Again Ranch Foreman Scarface 1935-01-05
Movie Western Frontier Slim 1935-08-07
Movie Ruggles of Red Gap Curly - Cowboy 1935-03-08
Movie The Adventures of Rex and Rinty Kinso 1935-08-30
Movie Last of the Clintons Jed Clinton 1935-11-12
Movie Gun Play Brawler (uncredited) 1935-12-02
Movie Shipmates Forever Loafer 1935-10-12
Movie Moonlight on the Prairie Tall Saloon Cowboy 1935-11-02
Movie Waterfront Lady Alex 1935-10-04
Movie She Couldn't Take It Farmer 1935-10-08
Movie Inside Information Rice - Thin Detective 1934-09-24
Movie Frontier Days Deputy Tex Hatch 1934-11-14
Movie Thunder Over Texas Dick 1934-10-18
Movie Hallelujah I'm a Bum The General 1933-02-03
Movie Face in the Sky Ed Burns, Carnival Patron (uncredited) 1933-01-15
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 The Squaw Man Andy 1931-09-04
Movie Selling Shorts 1931-11-29
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 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 Hearts and Saddles 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 The Loafer 1912-01-20
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