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Clarence Burton
Burton in Miss Lulu Bett (1921)
Clarence Forrest Burton

(1882-03-10)March 10, 1882
Fort Lyon, Benton County, Missouri, U.S.
DiedDecember 2, 1933(1933-12-02) (aged 51)
Years active1913–1932

Clarence Forrest Burton (May 10, 1882 – December 2, 1933) was an American silent film actor.


Burton was born in Fort Lyon, in Benton County, Missouri and started in show business at the age of 5, playing stock and musical comedy in road productions. He was signed into films in late 1912 and starred in 132 films between 1913 and 1932.

Burton as the Egyptian taskmaster in The Ten Commandments (1923)
Burton as the Egyptian taskmaster in The Ten Commandments (1923)

By late 1920, Burton had become heavy enough to be considered unsuited for his typical villainous roles in films. A trainer supervised a program of exercise and diet until Burton had lost enough weight to be cast in the Paramount film The Jacklins.[1]

He died of a heart attack in 1933 at the age of 51 in Hollywood, California. His interment was located at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, but was removed on September 6, 1950.

Partial filmography


  1. ^ "Lucky Clarence Got Thin in Time". The Philadelphia Inquirer. January 9, 1921. p. 32. Retrieved February 6, 2021 – via

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