BirthdaySeptember 14, 1878
BirthplaceGlasgow, UK

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Billie Ritchie

    Full name: Billie Ritchie
    Also known as: Billie Ritchie, Ritchie, Billie
    Professions: Scottish vaudeville and early film comedian best known for accusing Charlie Chaplin for stealing his "tramp" persona from him

  2. Billie Ritchie Death information

    Died: Wednesday, 6th of July, 1921 (Age: 42)
    Death cause: Cancer

  3. Billie Ritchie Biography

    Billie Ritchie (September 14, 1878 – July 6, 1921) was a Scottish comedian who first gained transatlantic fame as a performer for British music hall producer Fred Karno—this, a full decade before Stan Laurel and Charlie Chaplin took a similar career path. Ritchie is best recalled today for the silent comedy shorts he made between 1914 and 1920 for director/producer Henry Lehrman's L-KO Kompany and Fox Film Sunshine Comedy unit. Variations on Ritchie's "tramp" and "drunk" personae - which Ritchie had developed before and during his Karno years- were introduced to film audiences by Charlie Chaplin in such shorts as the Lehrman-directed Kid Auto Races at Venice (February 7, 1914) and Mabel's Strange Predicament (February 9, 1914). Ritchie, who - due to a series of on-set injuries, spent his final years relatively inactive- succumbed to stomach cancer in the summer of 1921. Winifred Monroe Ritchie, the comedian's widow, and one-time stage partner, wound up in the employ of Charlie Chaplin. Wyn Ritchie, their daughter, was also a performer, and, in private life, the wife (of 55 years) of songwriter Ray Evans.

  4. Billie Ritchie Family

    Spouse: Winifred Monroe
    Childrens: Wyn Ritchie Evans

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