Today is the birthday of Noah Young (1887-1958). A former champion weightlifter (rumored to be rejected from the navy because he was missing too many teeth), he began as a principal heavy for Hal Roach starting in 1918, and the list of films in which he terrorized Harold Lloyd and Laurel & Hardy is long indeed. In the talkie era he was reduced to uncredited walk-ons, the last of which was Bonnie Scotland (1935).
For more on silent and slapstick comedy film history see my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc
To find out more about the variety arts past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.