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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.
February 16, 1876, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
August 25, 1935
1914 Gentlemen of NerveMr. Walrus 1914 Tillie's Punctured RomanceJohn Bank, Tillie's Father 1914 His Musical CareerMike, Charlie's Partner 1914 Mabel's Married LifeWellington, a Ladykiller 1914 Caught in a CabaretTough Patron / Party Guest / Boy's Father (uncredited) 1914 A Busy DayHusband 1914 Laughing GasPatient 1914 The KnockoutGambler (uncredited) and Gambler 1914 Caught in the RainHusband 1914 Getting AcquaintedAmbrose 1914 His Prehistoric PastKing Lowbrow 1921 The Idle ClassHer father 1922 Pay DayForeman 1923 The PilgrimDeacon 1925 The Gold RushBig Jim McKayLimited to the 15 most popular items