WC Fields was born in Darby Pennsylvania on January 29, 1880. He left home to perform. In 1905 Fields made his Broadway debut in a musical comedy, The Ham Tree. From vaudeville to films, William Claude Fields (originally Dukenfield) held a special place in the annals of American entertainment. Known for his stage persona of the cynical, hard-drinking misanthrope, Fields' image still evokes smiles of recognition.
Some of his best-remembered films include You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939) and My Little Chickadee (1940, with Mae West)