Ben Turpin

Ben Turpin

Ben Turpin worked in vaudeville, burlesque, and circuses. He is best remembered for his work in silent films

About Ben Turpin

Ben Turpin (September 19, 1869-July 1, 1940) was a cross-eyed American comedian and actor, best remembered for his work in silent films. Turpin was born Bernard Turpin in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 19, 1869, the son of a candy store owner. Turpin and his first wife, Carrie Le Mieux, an actress, were married in Chicago in 1907. In 1923, Mrs. Turpin became ill with influenza, which caused the loss of her hearing. Heartbroken, Turpin brought his seriously ill wife to the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupr_S in Quebec, hoping she would be healed. She eventually became an invalid, with Turpin placing his career on hold to care for her. Carrie died on October 2, 1925. He worked in vaudeville, burlesque, and circuses.

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