Victor Potel

born: 12 October 1889
Lafayette, Indiana,
United States of America
died: 08 March 1947
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
(cancer of rectum and liver, age 57)

American actor. In 1914 while he was was being filmed as "Slippery Slim", when visitors from Chicago, Mildred Pam and her Dad went to visit the studio. Victor spotted her and immediately ran over to her to offer her a seat, supposedly causing the loss of 1,000 feet of film! She asked him to buy a ticket for the scholarship contest she was in. He bought enough tickets for her to win the contest. They were married 11 days later in San Francisco and remained married until his death 33 years later! The ashes of both are interred at Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago.
Real name: Victor Alfred Potel
Height: 6'1"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


The Housekeeper's Daughter

Road Show

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Acknowledgements: (1914 Dec 02 p8: 11 day courtship) (1914 Nov23 SFO marriage certificate Victor Alfred Potel) (1942 LA WWII Draft Card: ht 6'1": Victor Alfred Potel: born 1889 Oct 12:Lafayette, IN.) (1947 Oct 8: bio & photos) (20 Sources at FamilySearch)
Jim Jarvis (bio notes and research)

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