As one of the greatest comics of his generation, W.C. Fields was a treasured icon of stage and cinema.
Starting his career as a juggler on vaudeville, he eventually changed his stage presence toward telling jokes. This vaulted him into the elite of performers and made him a household name. Some of his films were The Bank Dick and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break.
W.C. did a dramatic turn in David Copperfield and worked with Mae West in My Little Chickadee one of the most successful collaborations of the 1940s. This bulbous-nosed, hard-drinking, wise-talking, kid-hating crusty old man was just the kind of humor the hard times of the great Depression called for.
Some of his more famous quotes (and there are literally books of them) are:
- “Once during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.”
- “A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.”
- “Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.”
- “I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.”
- “I like children–fried.”
- “Ah, the patter of little feet around the house. There’s nothing like having a midget for a butler.”
- “I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.”
- “A woman drove me to drink, and I didn’t even have the decency to thank her.”
- “The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.”
- “I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it.”
- “Never try to impress a woman because if you do, she’ll expect you to keep up the standard for the rest of your life.”