Frank Dwight Alexander
May 25, 1879
|Died||September 8, 1937 (aged 58)|
|Resting place||Hollywood Forever Cemetery|
|Other names||Tiny Alexander|
Alexander, who was morbidly obese (350 pounds), played villains in the films of Larry Semon, who are often the father of Semon's love interest. He is best known to contemporary audiences for portraying a villainous interpretation of Uncle Henry, eventually proclaimed "Prince of Whales" upon reaching the Emerald City in Semon's Wizard of Oz. He was also part of the comedy team called "A Ton Of Fun" with two other large actors, Kewpie Ross and Hilliard Karr.
- Larry Semon
- A heroine (usually Larry's current girlfriend or wife)
- A fat guy (usually Oliver Hardy, to play the villain)
- A really fat guy (usually Frank Alexander, to play Larry's current girlfriend's father)
He was proclaimed at the time as one of the three fattest actors ever to appear on the screen, with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle as one of the others.
Alexander died of a heart attack on September 8, 1937, aged 58. He weighted 465 pounds when he died. He was cremated two days later at Hollywood Cemetery. His ashes are unmarked but lie in the Garden of Beginnings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery near Los Angeles.
- Melting Millions (1917)
- By the Sad Sea Waves (1917)
- Rainbow Island (1917)
- Huns and Hyphens (1918)
- Bears and Bad Men (1918)
- The Simple Life (1919)
- Dull Care (1919)
- The Star Boarder (1919)
- The Stage Hand (1920)
- The Bakery (1921)
- The Rent Collector (1921)
- The Fall Guy (1921)
- The Bell Hop (1921)
- The Sawmill (1922)
- The Show (1922)
- Cyclone Jones (1923)
- Her Boy Friend (1924)
- Kid Speed (1924)
- Wizard of Oz (1925) as Uncle Henry
- Hop to It! (1925)
- The Perfect Clown (1925)
- Play Safe (1927) with Monty Banks
- The Barber Shop (1933) with W. C. Fields
- "Portlander in Movies". The Oregon Daily Journal. Oregon, Portland. May 23, 1915. p. 34. Retrieved February 3, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Frank 'Fatty' Alexander, Movie Comedian, Is Dead". The Daily Times. Iowa, Davenport. United Press. September 9, 1937. p. 12. Retrieved February 3, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
- Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14000 Famous Persons by Scott Wilson
- Sassen, Claudia (October 20, 2015). "Larry Semon, Daredevil Comedian of the Silent Screen: A Biography and Filmography". McFarland – via Google Books.
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