William Claude Dukenfield


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William Claude Dukenfield (January 29, 1880 – December 25, 1946), better known as W. C. Fields, was an American comedian, actor, juggler and writer. Fields was known for his comic persona as a misanthropic and hard-drinking egotist who remained a sympathetic character despite his snarling contempt for dogs, children and women.

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  • ''You must come down with me after the show to the lumber yard and ride piggy-back on the buzz saws.''
    W.C. Fields, U.S. screenwriter, George Marshall, and Eddie Cline. Larsen E. Whipsnade (W.C. Fields), You Can't Cheat an Honest Man, response to an ins...
  • ''Never give a sucker an even break.''
    W.C. Fields (1879-1946), U.S. actor. Poppy (film) (1936). Fields is earlier reported to have uttered these words on stage in the musical Poppy (19...
  • ''If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.''
    W.C. Fields (1879-1946), U.S. screen actor. Quoted in Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion, ed. John Walker (1995).
  • ''I never vote for anyone. I always vote against.''
    W.C. Fields (1879-1946), U.S. screen actor. Quoted in Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion (1984).
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