Heinie Conklin

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Heinie Conklin
Heinie Conklin 1921.jpg
Conklin in 1921
Charles John Conklin

(1886-07-16)July 16, 1886
DiedJuly 30, 1959(1959-07-30) (aged 73)
Resting place Chapel of the Pines Crematory
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active19151959
Spouse(s)Irene Blake
(m. 19??; div. 19??)

Heinie Conklin (born Charles John Conklin; July 16, 1886 July 30, 1959) was an American actor and comedian whose career began in the silent film era.



In vaudeville, Conklin headlined shows on the Keith and Orpheum circuits. [1]

Still with Ben Turpin and Conklin as shoe salesmen in Cupid's Day Off (1919) Cupid's Day Off (1919) - 1.jpg
Still with Ben Turpin and Conklin as shoe salesmen in Cupid's Day Off (1919)

One of the original Keystone Kops, [2] Conklin wore makeup of heavy eyebrow lining and a thin, upside-down, painted-on variation of Kaiser Wilhelm's mustache.

Conklin on left in No Mother to Guide Him No Mother to Guide Him (1919) - 2.jpg
Conklin on left in No Mother to Guide Him

In areas where anti-German sentiments still ran high during the post-World War I era, Conklin was billed as Charlie Lynn. One of Conklin's first talking pictures was All Quiet on the Western Front as a hospital patient. For the rest of his career in talking pictures, he had small roles in 2-reelers which starred The Three Stooges, Andy Clyde, Hugh Herbert and Harry Langdon. Conklin's last billed movie was Abbott and Costello meet the Keystone Kops .

Conklin's period at Keystone was contemporary with that of Chester Conklin, a more popular Keystone comedian who occasionally played lead roles in Keystone short films. The two Conklins were not related. [2]


Conklin died in Hollywood, California, on July 30, 1959, 15 days after his 73rd birthday.

Partial filmography

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  1. "Heinie Conklin". Scandia Journal. Kansas, Scandia. May 20, 1926. p. 5. Retrieved July 31, 2020 via Newspapers.com.
  2. 1 2 Heffernan, Harold (December 1, 1949). "Heinie Conklin Serves Slapstick In Bit Parts". Valley Times. California, North Hollywood. Bell Syndicate. p. 19. Retrieved July 31, 2020 via Newspapers.com.