Heinie Conklin

Charles John Conklin (July 16, 1886  July 30, 1959), known professionally as Heinie Conklin, was an American actor whose career began in the silent film era. He appeared in nearly 400 films.

Heinie Conklin
Still with Ben Turpin and Conklin as shoe salesmen in Cupid's Day Off (1919)
Charles John Conklin

(1886-07-16)July 16, 1886
DiedJuly 30, 1959(1959-07-30) (aged 73)
Resting placeChapel of the Pines Crematory
Years active1915-1959
Spouse(s)Irene Blake (? - ?)


Conklin was born in San Francisco, California. Claiming to be one of the original Keystone Kops, Conklin's silent screen makeup consisted of heavy eyebrow lining and a thinnish, upside-down, painted-on variation of Kaiser Wilhelm's mustache.

In areas where anti-German sentiments still ran high during the post-World War I era, Conklin was billed as Charlie Lynn. One of Conklin's first talking pictures was All Quiet on the Western Front as a hospital patient. For the rest of his career in talking pictures, he had small roles in 2-reelers which starred The Three Stooges, Andy Clyde, Hugh Herbert and Harry Langdon. Conklin's last billed movie was Abbott and Costello meet the Keystone Kops.

Conklin's period at Keystone was contemporary with that of Chester Conklin, a more popular Keystone comedian who occasionally played lead roles in Keystone short films. The two Conklins were not related.


Conklin died in Hollywood, California, on July 30, 1959, 15 days after his 73rd birthday.

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