Maxine Gates

Maxine Gates (May 3, 1917 – July 27, 1990) was an American actress.

Maxine Gates
Born(1917-05-03)May 3, 1917
DiedJuly 27, 1990(1990-07-27) (aged 73)
Other namesMaxine Gates Unland
Years active1945–1972

Gates was born in Hebron, Nebraska.[1]

She appeared in over 35 films between 1945 and 1972. Due to her rotund figure (reportedly, Gates weighed 250 pounds),[2] Gates was often cast as a love interest who often intimidated her husband or boyfriend. She is best known for her appearances in several 1950s-era Three Stooges films such as Goof on the Roof, Husbands Beware and Muscle Up a Little Closer.

During World War II, Gates performed in night clubs and stage shows and was acclaimed for her singing and dancing. In the course of these performances, Gates kissed male audience members on the cheek, and kissed 7,000 men in seven months.[2]

After retiring from acting in 1972, Gates ran a self storage business in Van Nuys, California. She died of complications from respiratory disease in Panorama City on July 27, 1990 at the age of 73.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1945 Here Come the Co-Eds Woman Uncredited
1946 The Dark Horse Fat Lady Uncredited
1947 The Shocking Miss Pilgrim Uncredited
1947 Living in a Big Way Babe, Sailor's Wife Uncredited
1948 My Girl Tisa Mrs. O'Hoolihan Uncredited
1948 The Babe Ruth Story Female Wrestler Uncredited
1949 Alias Nick Beal Josie - Fat Floozie in Bar Uncredited
1949 Red, Hot and Blue Waitress Uncredited
1949 Feudin' Rhythm Fat Actress Uncredited
1950 A Woman of Distinction Goldie - Beautician Uncredited
1950 The Good Humor Man Fat Customer Uncredited
1950 Where Danger Lives Girl in Act Uncredited
1950 Copper Canyon Blonde dancer Uncredited
1951 Bargain Madness Mrs. Broadbeam Short, Uncredited
1952 Oklahoma Annie Tillie
1952 Blue Canadian Rockies Chubby Blonde Uncredited
1953 Houdini Heavy blonde woman Uncredited
1954 Red Garters Townswoman Uncredited
1955 The Gene Autry Show Marabelle Carroll Episode: "Ghost Ranch"
1956 Giant Waitress at Sarge's Uncredited
1956 Emergency Hospital Sylvia Tetlow Uncredited
1957 Portland Exposé Slot Machine Jackpot Winner Uncredited
1957 The Unholy Wife Nightclub Blues Singer Uncredited
1961 Rawhide Fat Lady Episode: "The Prairie Elephant"
1962 National Velvet Samantha Wells Episode: "Martha's Beau"
1965 Cat Ballou Big Woman Uncredited
1966 Lost in Space Fat Princess Episode: "The Thief from Outer Space"
1972 Unholy Rollers Angie Striker Alternative title: Leader of the Pack, (final film role)


  1. ^ a b "Maxine Gates Unland; Retired Actress, Comedienne". The L.A. Times. 1990-08-02. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
  2. ^ a b "Kisses Her 7,000th Man!". Barbara Bogart and Anthony LoCicero Papers, 1946-1970, CTC.1993.01, Curtis Theatre Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh. San Francisco Call-Bulletin. 9 August 1945. Retrieved 16 October 2015.

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