Sammy Brooks
born: 10 June 1891
Brooklyn, New York,
United States of America
died: 16 May 1951
Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
(age 59)
Short, brown-haired (and balding), blue eyed American actor who appeared in numerous short films for Hal Roach in the early 1920s.  Appearing in over 120 films with Harold Lloyd alone, he may actually be the actor who has appeared in more films for Roach than any other.

The CA Death Index lists his name as "Rockenburg"; the one he more commonly went by was "Rothenberg", though the natural spelling is "Rottenberg".  The Index also claims a birthdate of July 10 (as opposed to June 10).

***His height ranges: 3'10" (1916 directory), 4'0" (1920-21 directories), 4'2" (Motion Picture News, 11 March 1916), 4'5" (WWII draft reg. card).
Real name: Simon Rottenberg
Height: 4'0" ***(see above)
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.

249


1916
Luke, The Candy Cut-Up
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke Pipes The Pippins
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke's Double
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke's Late Lunchers
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke Laughs Last
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke's Society Mix-Up
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke Rides Roughshod
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke, Crystal Gazer
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke's Lost Lamb
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke Does The Midway
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke Joins The Navy
Jewish man

1916
Luke And The Mermaids
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke's Speedy Club Life
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke And The Bang-Tails
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke, The Chauffeur
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke's Preparedness Preparations
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke, The Gladiator
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke, Patient Provider
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke's Newsie Knockout
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke's Movie Muddle
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke, Rank Impersonator
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke's Fireworks Fizzle
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke Locates The Loot
[unidentified character]
 

1916
Luke's Shattered Sleep
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Luke's Lost Liberty
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Luke's Trolley Troubles
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Lonesome Luke, Lawyer
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Lonesome Luke's Lively Life
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Lonesome Luke On Tin Can Alley
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Lonesome Luke's Honeymoon
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Lonesome Luke, Plumber
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Stop, Luke, Listen!
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Lonesome Luke, Messenger
Short messenger
 

1917
Lonesome Luke, Mechanic
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Lonesome Luke's Wild Women
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Over The Fence
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Lonesome Luke Loses Patients
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Pinched
[unidentified character]
 

1917
By The Sad Sea Waves
Spectator at beach
 

1917
Lonesome Luke In Birds Of A Feather
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Bliss
Short musician

1917
Rainbow Island
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Lonesome Luke In Love, Laughs And Lather
[unidentified character]
 

1917
The Flirt
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Lonesome Luke In Clubs Are Trump
[unidentified character]
 

1917
All Aboard
Midget crew member
 

1917
Lonesome Luke In We Never Sleep
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Move On
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Bashful
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Step Lively
[unidentified character]
 

1918
The Tip
[unidentified character]
 

1918
The Big Idea
[unidentified character]
 

1918
The Lamb
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Hit Him Again
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Beat It
[unidentified character]
 

1918
A Gasoline Wedding
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Look Pleasant, Please
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Here Come The Girls
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Let's Go
Tug-of-war competitor (front of line)

1918
On The Jump
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Follow The Crowd
Short gang member

1918
Pipe The Whiskers
[unidentified character]
 

1918
It's A Wild Life
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Hey There
Short prop man
 

1918
Kicked Out
[unidentified character]
 

1918
The Non-Stop Kid
Short professor on street


1918
Two-Gun Gussie
Barman

1918
Fireman Save My Child
[unidentified character]
 

1918
The City Slicker
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Sic 'Em, Towser
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Somewhere In Turkey
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Are Crooks Dishonest?
[unidentified character]
 

1918
An Ozark Romance
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Bees In His Bonnet
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Swing Your Partners
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Why Pick On Me?
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Nothing But Trouble
Innocent passerby

1918
Take A Chance
[unidentified character]
 

1918
She Loves Me Not
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Wanted - $5000
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Love's Young Scream
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Going! Going! Gone!
Short sheriff's man

1919
Ask Father
Small office worker

1919
On The Fire
Short diner

1919
I'm On My Way
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Look Out Below!
Worker with hammer

1919
Next Aisle Over
[unidentified character]
 

1919
A Sammy In Siberia
Short renegade

1919
Crack Your Heels
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Ring Up The Curtain
Troupe manager
 

1919
Young Mr. Jazz
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Si, Senor
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Before Breakfast
Diner

1919
The Marathon
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Pistols For Breakfast
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Swat The Crook
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Off The Trolley
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Spring Fever
Short man in park

1919
Billy Blazes, Esq.
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Just Neighbors
Short man in bank
 

1919
At The Old Stage Door
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Never Touched Me
Little man
 

1919
A Jazzed Honeymoon
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Count Your Change
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Chop Suey & Co.
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Heap Big Chief
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Don't Shove
Rollerskater

1919
Be My Wife
[unidentified character]
 

1919
The Rajah
[unidentified character]
 

1919
He Leads, Others Follow
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Soft Money
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Count The Votes
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Pay Your Dues
[unidentified character]
 

1919
His Only Father
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Bumping Into Broadway
[unidentified character]
 

1919
All At Sea
Short blindfolded sailor

1919
Call For Mr. Caveman
Mailman

1919
Captain Kidd's Kids
Small pirate/Ship's passenger

1919
Looking For Trouble
The champ's second

1919
Tough Luck
Commanding officer

1919
The Floor Below
[unidentified character]
 

1919
From Hand To Mouth
[unidentified character]
 

1920
The Dippy Dentist
Patient

1920
All Lit Up
[unidentified character]
 

1920
His Royal Slyness
[?]

1920
Fresh Paint
Roman model
 

1920
Haunted Spooks
[unidentified character]
 

1920
An Eastern Westerner
[unidentified character]
 

1920
Any Old Port
Man who is pushed over/
Dinner guest

1920
Don't Rock The Boat
Sailor

1920
Call A Taxi
Drunk #2

1920
Little Miss Jazz
Gallery visitor

1920
A London Bobby
Short man with violin

1920
Go As You Please
[unidentified character]
 

1920
Alias Aladdin
[unidentified character]
 

1920
Mamma's Boy
[unidentified character]
 

1920
The Sleepyhead
[unidentified character]
 

1920
Number, Please?
Little man in telephone booth
 

1921
Whirl O' The West
Cowboy
 

1921
Oh, Promise Me
[unidentified character]
 

1921
Rush Orders
[unidentified character]
 

1921
Now Or Never
Short man on train

1921
Big Game
[unidentified character]
 

1921
High Rollers
Skater/Monkey
 

1921
Among Those Present
[unidentified character]
 

1921
At The Ringside
Corner man

1921
Name The Day
Wedding attendee
 

1921
Stop Kidding
[unidentified character]
 

1921
On Their Way
[unidentified character]
 

1921
The Lucky Number
[unidentified character]
 

1921
Sweet By And By
[unidentified character]
 

1921
Fifteen Minutes
Short man at picnic

1921
The Pickaninny
Short man in grocery store

1921
Sink Or Swim
[unidentified character]
 

1921
Shake 'Em Up
Soldier
 

1922
Loose Change
[unidentified character]
 

1922
Stage Struck
[unidentified character]
 

1922
The Anvil Chorus
One of Marie's brothers
 

1922
Full O' Pep
Short streetcar passenger

1922
Good Morning, Judge
[unidentified character]
 

1922
The Sleuth
[unidentified character]
 

1922
The Dumb-Bell
Short actor playing doctor
 

1922
The Bride-To-Be
[unidentified character]
 

1922
Take Next Car
Short man in street

1922
Grandma's Boy
Townsman
 

1922
The Landlubber
Dolls vendor

1922
The Golf Bug
Golfer

1922
Shine 'Em Up
Justice of the Peace
 

1922
The Flivver
Taxi passenger

1922
Blaze Away
[unidentified character]
 

1923
The Champeen!
Fruit stand vendor
 

1923
Jailed And Bailed
Laundry worker
 

1923
Tight Shoes
Short customer at reception

1923
Before The Public
On Lantern Slide
 

1923
For Safe Keeping
Jailer
 

1923
Bowled Over
[unidentified character]
 

1923
Where Am I?
Hotel guest who collects hat

1923
The Smile Wins
[unidentified character]
 

1923
The Noon Whistle
Mill worker

1923
Under Two Jags
Gunner
 

1923
Pick And Shovel
Miner
 

1923
Collars And Cuffs
Laundry worker
 

1923
The Uncovered Wagon
Runt
 

1923
Kill Or Cure
Short non-customer
 

1923
Post No Bills
[unidentified character]
 

1923
Oranges And Lemons
Worker

1923
Take The Air
Worker

1923
The Walkout
The boss
 

1923
A Man About Town
Short man with hat

1923
No Pets
Short man at séance

1923
Frozen Hearts
The General's second

1923
The Soilers
[unidentified character]
 

1923
Scorching Sands
[unidentified character]
 

1923
It's A Joy!
[unidentified character]
 

1924
Smithy
Man in employment line
 

1924
The Cowboy Sheik
Small man at dance

1924
Postage Due
[unidentified character]
 

1924
Zeb vs. Paprika
[unidentified character]
 

1924
Brothers Under The Chin
[unidentified character]
 

1924
Near Dublin
[unidentified character]
 

1924
Going To Congress
Train passenger smoking pipe

1924
Rupert Of Hee Haw
Palace guard

1924
Wide Open Spaces
Businessman in saloon

1924
Our Congressman
Tour bus driver
 

1924
A Ten-Minute Egg
Lobby bystander

1924
Short Kilts
McHungry

1924
A Truthful Liar
Townsman
 

1924
The Poor Fish
Balloon man

1925
The Rat's Knuckles
Blind man
 

1925
Is Marriage The Bunk?
Photographer
 

1925
Hold My Baby!
Train passenger

1925
Looking For Sally
Blind man
 

1925
Wild Papa
[unidentified character]
 

1925
Tell It To A Policeman
[unidentified character]
 

1925
Sherlock Sleuth
Guest in clown costume
 

1925
Tame Men And Wild Women
[unidentified character]
 

1925
Unfriendly Enemies
Laughing man

1925
All Wool
Short angry customer

1925
Whispering Lions
The Sheik
 

1925
Laughing Ladies
[unidentified character]
 

1925
Tol'able Romeo
[unidentified character]
 

1926
A Punch In The Nose
[unidentified character]
 

1926
Don't Butt In
[unidentified character]
 

1926
Your Husband's Past
[unidentified character]
 

1926
Pay The Cashier
Short customer

1926
Wandering Papas
Construction worker
 

1926
The Old War-Horse
Short soldier with rifle

1926
Madame Mystery
[unidentified character]
 

1926
Say It With Babies
[unidentified character]
 

1926
Don Key (Son Of Burro)
[unidentified character]
 

1926
Never Too Old
[unidentified character]
 

1926
Thundering Fleas
Short flea circus spectator
 

1926
Should Husbands Pay?
[unidentified character]
 

1926
Bromo And Juliet
[unidentified character]
 

1926
Wise Guys Prefer Brunettes
[unidentified character]
 

1926
Raggedy Rose
[unidentified character]
 

1927
Are Brunettes Safe?
[unidentified character]
 

1928
The Ol' Gray Hoss
Short pedestrian

1929
Movie Night
Man in audience
 

1929
Berth Marks
Short train passenger

1929
Snappy Sneezer
Man on streetcar

1930
The Real McCoy
Hunter

1931
Catch-As Catch-Can
Bald spectator

1934
Rhapsody In Brew
[unidentified character]
 

1936
The Bohemian Girl
Gypsy vagabond
 

1936
On The Wrong Trek
Hitchhiker

1936
Our Relations
Denker's Beer Garden customer
 

1937
Way Out West
Brushwood Gulch citizen

1938
Swiss Miss
Townsman
 

Acknowledgements:
https://archive.org/stream/motionpicturestu00moti#page/63/mode/1up/search/brooks (1916 directory)
https://archive.org/stream/moctu00moti#page/85/mode/1up/search/brooks (1917 directory)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-26180-11926-87?cc=1968530 (WWI Draft Reg. Card)
https://archive.org/stream/motrestu00moti#page/83/mode/1up/search/brooks (1918 directory)
https://archive.org/stream/motionpicturestu00moti_0#page/n209/mode/1up/search/brooks (1920 directory)
https://archive.org/stream/14thcensusofpopu111unit#page/n238/mode/1up (1920 Census, line 45)
https://archive.org/stream/motionpicturestu00johnrich#page/159/mode/1up (1921 directory)
https://archive.org/stream/californiacensus00reel146#page/n48/mode/1up (1930 Census, line 25)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-27799-5240-73?cc=2000219 (1940 Census, line 52)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-16386-18140-29?cc=186114  (WWII Draft Reg. Card)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-16386-20194-16?cc=1861144 (WWII Draft Reg. Card)
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VP7D-CQY (CA Death Index)
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VP7C-M5R (CA Death Index)
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2WZN-FLJ (birth record, real name)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11898-7654-52?cc=1325221 (1900 Census, line 56, real name)
Jesse Brisson (help and information and for listing of the films in correct chronological sequence)
Jim Jarvis (help and information)

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