Victor Potel

Birthday:
10/12/1889
Place of birth:
Lafayette, Indiana, USA:
Biography:
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.

Credits

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

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