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Arthur Housman (October 10, 1889 – April 8, 1942) was an American actor in films during both the silent film era and the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Arthur Housman
Arthur Housman - 1925.jpg
Housman in 1925
Born(1889-10-10)October 10, 1889
DiedApril 8, 1942(1942-04-08) (aged 52)
Years active1912–1941
Spouse(s)Ellen Grubley (1919 - 1942) (his death)


Initially a leading man, Housman later became known as Hollywood's most familiar comic drunkard[1] in films of the 1930s, usually playing cameo parts in features but with better opportunities in short films. His best remembered roles were in several Laurel and Hardy films, notably Scram!, Our Relations and (in the title role) The Live Ghost. Housman was thought to have an offscreen drinking problem, as well, but he continued appearing in films until his death, his final role (again playing a drunk) was in the low-budget exploitation film Escort Girl made in 1941.


Housman died of pneumonia at age 52. He was married to Ellen Grubley (31 July 1893 – 21 May 1960) from 1919 until his death in 1942.

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  1. ^ Neibaur, James L. (2018). The Hal Roach Comedy Shorts of Thelma Todd, ZaSu Pitts and Patsy Kelly. McFarland. p. 87. ISBN 9781476672557. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
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