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Birthday:October 28, 1887
Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Death:September 15, 1938
Place of Death:Los Angeles, California
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History: Otto Fries was a dapper-looking supporting comic with a varied background in medicine shows and vaudeville. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Hollywood to work as an actor, easily transitioning to film in the early 1910s. By 1915, he worked with the Keystone Cops and developed a lifelong friendship with Stan Laurel, which led to his appearances in Laurel's early films for Bronco Billy Anderson and later at Hal Roach Studios, where he supported not only Laurel and Hardy and Charley Chase but also such lesser stars as Max Davidson and James Finlayson.
Often cast as inebriates, detectives, and bartenders, Fries appeared often in the Our Gang shorts, most notably as a blacksmith matching wits with Kendall McComas in Readin' and Writin'. He aso played scores of bit parts and walk-ons in grade-A films. One of his more notable appearances was as a shiphand in the Marx Brothers' "Monkey Business."
Fries passed away in 1938 in Los Angeles, California at age 50. He was the father of National Football League player Sherwood Fries.

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