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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.
October 12, 1889, Lafayette, Indiana, USA
March 8, 1947
1925 Below the Line'Cuckoo' Niles 1929 The VirginianNebrasky 1931 Ten Cents a DanceSmith, a Sailor 1933 Hallelujah, I'm a BumThe General 1935 Ruggles of Red GapCurly - Cowboy 1936 FuryJorgeson (uncredited) 1940 Christmas in JulyDavenola Salesman 1940 The Great McGintyCook (uncredited) 1940 Young Tom EdisonMr. Tompkins 1941 The Lady EveSecond Steward (uncredited) 1941 Sullivan's TravelsCameraman 1942 The Palm Beach StoryMr. McKeewie 1943 The Miracle of Morgan's CreekNewspaper editor 1945 Flame of Barbary CoastTrain Fireman 1947 The Egg and ICrowbar (as Vic Potel)Limited to the 15 most popular items