Roscoe Arbuckle's career was destroyed when a would-be starlet called Virginia Rappe died of a ruptured bladder after a weekend orgy he threw in San Francisco in 1921. The 19-stone Arbuckle was accused of raping and accidentally killing her and he was tried three times for manslaughter. It is widely believed that he was framed.

Roscoe Arbuckle's career was destroyed when a would-be starlet called Virginia Rappe died of a ruptured bladder after a weekend orgy he threw in San Francisco in 1921. The 19-stone Arbuckle was accused of raping and accidentally killing her and he was tried three times for manslaughter. It is widely believed that he was framed.

Buster Keaton, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, and Alice Lake 'Coney Island' -1917

Buster Keaton, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, and Alice Lake 'Coney Island' -1917

Charlie and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle in The Masquerader, Keyston c.1914

Charlie and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle in The Masquerader, Keyston c.1914

Roscoe Arbuckle.  I highly recommend reading Jerry Stahl's "I, Fatty" for a fictionalized memoir of the man.

Roscoe Arbuckle. I highly recommend reading Jerry Stahl's "I, Fatty" for a fictionalized memoir of the man.

Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle, also known as Fatty Arbuckle (March 24, 1887 - June 29, 1933), was an American silent film comedian, director, and screenwriter. Arbuckle is noted as one of the most popular actors of his era, but he is best remembered for a heavily publicized criminal prosecution that ended his career. Although he was acquitted by a jury with a written apology, the trial's scandal ruined the actor, who would not appear on screen again for another 10 years

Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle, also known as Fatty Arbuckle (March 24, 1887 - June 29, 1933), was an American silent film comedian, director, and screenwriter. Arbuckle is noted as one of the most popular actors of his era, but he is best remembered for a heavily publicized criminal prosecution that ended his career. Although he was acquitted by a jury with a written apology, the trial's scandal ruined the actor, who would not appear on screen again for another 10 years

Buster Keaton & Roscoe Arbuckle - two major comedy stars of the silent era (also Luke the Pitbull)

Buster Keaton & Roscoe Arbuckle - two major comedy stars of the silent era (also Luke the Pitbull)

Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, silent movie actor, screenwriter, comedian, director  1887-1933

Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, silent movie actor, screenwriter, comedian, director 1887-1933

Roscoe Arbuckle and Buster Keaton (whose facial expression is amazing, btw)

Roscoe Arbuckle and Buster Keaton (whose facial expression is amazing, btw)

Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" Arbuckle - March 24, 1887 – June 29, 1933 - In September 1921, Fatty attended a party at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco during the Labor Day weekend. Virginia Rappe became drunk and ill at the party; she died four days later at a sanitarium. Arbuckle was accused by a well-known madam of raping and accidentally killing Rappe. Arbuckle endured three widely publicized trials for manslaughter. His films were subsequently banned and he was publicly ostracized.

Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" Arbuckle - March 24, 1887 – June 29, 1933 - In September 1921, Fatty attended a party at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco during the Labor Day weekend. Virginia Rappe became drunk and ill at the party; she died four days later at a sanitarium. Arbuckle was accused by a well-known madam of raping and accidentally killing Rappe. Arbuckle endured three widely publicized trials for manslaughter. His films were subsequently banned and he was publicly ostracized.

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