Biography

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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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 75

Birthday 1876-02-16

Day of Death 1935-08-25

Place of Birth Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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Also Known As

  • Moroni Swain
  • Мак Свейн

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1998 Star Power: The Creation Of United Artists as (archive footage)
1959 The Chaplin Revue as Various (archive footage)
1943 Happy Times and Jolly Moments as (archive footage)
1931 Finn and Hattie as Le Bottin
1930 Soup to Nuts as First Fat Diner (uncredited)
1930 Cleaning Up as Mack
1930 The Sea Bat as Dutchy
1930 Redemption as Magistrate
1929 The Locked Door as Hotel Proprietor
1928 The Last Warning as Robert Bunce
1928 Caught in the Fog as Detective Ryan
1928 Tillie's Punctured Romance as Tillie's Father
1928 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as Sir Francis Beekman
1927 Becky as Irving Spiegelberg
1927 My Best Girl as The Judge
1927 Mockery as Vladimir Gaidaroff
1927 The Shamrock and the Rose as Mike Kelly
1927 The Beloved Rogue as Nicholas
1926 Whispering Wires
1926 The Nervous Wreck as Jerome Underwood
1926 Footloose Widows as Ludwig
1926 Kiki as Pastryman
1926 Sea Horses
1926 Torrent as Don Matías
1925 The Gold Rush as Big Jim McKay
1923 This Way Out as The Girl's Father
1923 The Pilgrim as Deacon
1922 Pay Day as Foreman
1921 The Idle Class as Her Father
1920 Innocent Ambrose as Ambrose Schnitz
1919 Oh, What a Knight as The Sheriff
1917 Thirst as Ambrose
1917 His Naughty Thought as Walter Ambrose
1917 The Pullman Bride as Rover Peabody - the Chosen One
1916 Madcap Ambrose as Ambrose
1916 His Bitter Pill as Jim - a Big Hearted Sheriff
1916 A Movie Star as Handsome Jack
1915 When Ambrose Dared Walrus as Ambrose
1915 Mabel Lost and Won as Mabel's Rival's Husband
1915 Ambrose's Nasty Temper as Ambrose
1915 Ambrose's Lofty Perch as Ambrose
1915 Ambrose's Fury as Ambrose
1915 That Little Band Of Gold as Audience Member (uncredited)
1915 Willful Ambrose as Pa Ambrose
1915 Ambrose's Sour Grapes as Ambrose
1915 Ye Olden Grafter as The Grafter
1915 Caught in a Park as The Bartender
1915 Fatty's New Role as Ambrose Schnitz
1915 The Home Breakers as Ambrose
1915 Love, Speed and Thrills as Ambrose
1914 Gussle, the Golfer as Ambrose
1914 Ambrose's First Falsehood as Ambrose
1914 His Prehistoric Past as King Lowbrow
1914 Getting Acquainted as Ambrose
1914 Leading Lizzie Astray as Cafe Patron - In from the Mines
1914 Tillie's Punctured Romance as John Bank, Tillie's Father
1914 His Trysting Place as Ambrose
1914 His Musical Career as Mike, Charlie's Partner
1914 Gentlemen of Nerve as Mr. Walrus
1914 Laughing Gas as Patient
1914 Mabel's Married Life as Wellington, a Ladykiller
1914 The Knockout as Gambler as Gambler (uncredited)
1914 The Fatal Mallet as Another rival
1914 A Busy Day as Husband
1914 Caught in the Rain as Husband
1914 Caught in a Cabaret as Tough Patron / Party Guest / Boy's Father (uncredited)
1914 Mabel at the Wheel as Spectator at Races
1914 A Thief Catcher as Crook
1914 A Robust Romeo
1914 Double Crossed as The Belle's Boyfriend
1914 The Under-Sheriff as Villager
1914 Fatty's Wine Party as Restaurant Proprietor
1913 The Gusher as Villager / Cop
1913 Fatty Joins the Force as Cop at Station House as Pie Thrower
1913 A Muddy Romance as Desk Sergeant / Park Attendant

Directing

1920 Innocent Ambrose Director

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