Like Groucho, WC was a classic vaudeville comic. William Claude Dukenfield juggled cigar boxes and nourished a fine proboscis. He was handed the reins of his own destiny, 'pon which he made summa his finest pitures. Yes. Among them were It's A Gift and the Bank Dick

Whether sporting a curvy pool cue, pulling a gun on a 9-year-old, or singing beery odes to misspent youth in a Yukon hideaway, WC never gave a sucker an even break. His tombstone reads: "I'd rather be in Philadelphia."