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Albert Austin (13 December 1881 or 1885 – 17 August 1953) was an actor, film star, director and script writer, noted mainly for his work in Charlie Chaplin films. He was the brother of actor William Austin. He was born in Birmingham, England, and was a music hall performer before coming to the U.S. with Chaplin, both as members of the Fred Karno troupe, in 1910. Noted for his painted handlebar mustache and acerbic manner, he worked for Chaplin's stock company and played supporting roles in many of his films, often as a foil to the star, and working as his assistant director. After the development of sound films, he moved into scriptwriting, directing and acting, chiefly in comedy short subjects. Among other things, he assisted Chaplin in developing the plot of The Adventurer (1917). However, he only received screen credit as a collaborator once, for City Lights. As an actor, he appeared in Chaplin's comedies for the Mutual Film Corporation. Later he had two brief, uncredited roles in one of Chaplin's 'silent' comedies made in the sound era, City Lights (1931). Austin is also seen very briefly (as a cab driver) at the beginning of Chaplin's short film One A.M.. He also appeared in movies starring Jackie Coogan and Mack Sennett. Austin's best known performance may be in Chaplin's short The Pawnshop. Austin enters the shop with an alarm clock, hoping to pawn it. To establish the clock's value, Chaplin dissects it. Austin maintains a deadpan expression as Chaplin progressively destroys his clock, then hands the pieces back to Austin. He had the leading role in Mary Pickford's Suds (1920), where he co-stars as a customer leaving his shirt at her laundry. In that film he appears without his comic mustache. In his final years he worked as a police officer at the Warner Brothers studios, according to a New York Times obituary.

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Albert Austin (13 December 1881 or 1885 – 17 August 1953) was an actor, film star, director and script writer, noted mainly for his work in Charlie Chaplin films. He was the brother of actor William Austin. He was born in Birmingham, England, and was a music hall performer before coming to the U.S. with Chaplin, both as members of the Fred Karno troupe, in 1910. Noted for his painted handlebar mustache and acerbic manner, he worked for Chaplin's stock company and played supporting roles in many of his films, often as a foil to the star, and working as his assistant director. After the development of sound films, he moved into scriptwriting, directing and acting, chiefly in comedy short subjects. Among other things, he assisted Chaplin in developing the plot of The Adventurer (1917). However, he only received screen credit as a collaborator once, for City Lights. As an actor, he appeared in Chaplin's comedies for the Mutual Film Corporation. Later he had two brief, uncredited roles in one of Chaplin's 'silent' comedies made in the sound era, City Lights (1931). Austin is also seen very briefly (as a cab driver) at the beginning of Chaplin's short film One A.M.. He also appeared in movies starring Jackie Coogan and Mack Sennett. Austin's best known performance may be in Chaplin's short The Pawnshop. Austin enters the shop with an alarm clock, hoping to pawn it. To establish the clock's value, Chaplin dissects it. Austin maintains a deadpan expression as Chaplin progressively destroys his clock, then hands the pieces back to Austin. He had the leading role in Mary Pickford's Suds (1920), where he co-stars as a customer leaving his shirt at her laundry. In that film he appears without his comic mustache. In his final years he worked as a police officer at the Warner Brothers studios, according to a New York Times obituary.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 31

Birthday 1882-12-13

Day of Death 1953-08-17

Place of Birth Birmingham, England

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1996 Chaplin's Goliath as Himself (archive footage)
1983 Unknown Chaplin (3 episodes) as Himself & In Out-Takes
1959 The Chaplin Revue as Various (archive Footage)
1941 The Charlie Chaplin Festival
1931 City Lights as Street Sweeper / Burglar (uncredited)
1925 The Gold Rush as Prospector (uncredited)
1922 Pay Day as Workman
1921 The Kid as Man in Shelter (uncredited)
1920 Suds as Horace Greensmith
1919 The Professor as Man in flophouse
1918 Shoulder Arms as American Soldier / Clean Shaven German Soldier / Bearded German Soldier
1918 Triple Trouble as A Man
1918 A Dog's Life as Thief (uncredited)
1917 The Adventurer as The Butler
1917 The Immigrant as A Diner
1917 The Cure as Sanitarium Attendant
1917 Easy Street as Minister / Policeman (uncredited)
1916 The Rink as The Cook
1916 Behind the Screen as Stagehand (uncredited)
1916 The Pawnshop as Clock Client
1916 The Count as Toll guest
1916 One A.M. as Taxi Driver
1916 The Vagabond as Trombonist (uncredited)
1916 The Fireman as Fireman
1916 The Floorwalker as Shop assistant

Directing

1931 City Lights Assistant Director
1925 Keep Smiling Director
1924 The Misfit Director
1922 Trouble Director
1921 My Boy Director

Writing

1934 Good Time Henry Story
1927 Should Men Walk Home? Writer

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