Martin Wolfkeil
born: 21 March 1900
Hazelton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania,
United States of America
died: 10 September 1962
Hamilton, Butler, Ohio,
United States of America
(heart-related trouble, age 62)
 
Tall, stout, blue-eyed American actor, nicknamed "Tonnage" (by Will Rogers), who had a steady stream of film roles at the Hal Roach Studios in the 1920s.

World War I Draft Card (September 12, 1918):
Martin Robert Wolfskeil is living at 200 W. Chapel, Hazleton, Luz., Pa.
He is a brakeman at Lehigh Valley Railroad Co.

In late 1939, Stan hired "Tonnage" as a bodyguard during his turbulent marriage to Vera Ivanova Shuvalova (AKA "Illeana"). 
1940 Census (April 8, 1940)
Martin, shaving 10 years off his age, is a guest living in LA with Stan and others, including Pete Gordon.  His profession is listed as enginer [sic] on a steam ship.  Five years earlier (April 1, 1935), he was at sea.
On February 6, 1941, "Tonnage" sued Stan for nonpayment of services (he served as Stan's bodyguard for nine months), demanding $2,700.  The 396-pound ex-bodyguard was quoted as saying, "I've been through hazardous experiences in four corners of the world. I was torpedoed three times. I would rather take a few more torpedoes than put in another nine months like those with my friend, Mr. Laurel."

Reflecting, Stan typed in a letter to Ernie Murphy: "I just heard that "Tonnage" died (heart trouble) glad I [was not] invited to be a Pall-bearer!  Imagine carrying all that HEAP!!"
Real name: Martin Robert Wolfskeil
Height: 6'2"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography

21


1923
Oranges And Lemons
Worker

1923
The Soilers
?
 

1923
Mother's Joy
?
 

1924
The Cowboy Sheik
Ranch hand

1924
Postage Due
?
 

1924
Brothers Under The Chin
?
 

1924
Rupert Of Hee Haw
Rotund officer

1924
Stolen Goods
Shoplifter

1924
Wide Open Spaces
Businessman in saloon

1924
Short Kilts
McHungry's son

1924
Accidental Accidents
?
 

1924
All Wet
Garage mechanic
 

1924
The Poor Fish
Hefty salesman
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1925
Wages Of Tin
Fords For Rent employee

1925
Bad Boy
Porter

1925
Shootin' Injuns
Joe's father
 

1925
Wild Papa
?
 

1925
Sure-Mike!
Mike

1925
All Wool
Toodles

1926
Good Cheer
Store window Santa

1926
The Old War-Horse
Soldier

Acknowledgements:
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Jesse Brisson (extensive research)

This page was last updated on: 10 September 2018