Gene Roth

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Gene Roth
Born Eugene Oliver Edgar Stutenroth
(1903-01-08)January 8, 1903
Redfield, South Dakota, USA
Died July 19, 1976(1976-07-19) (aged 73)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Years active 19221967

Gene Roth (January 8, 1903 – July 19, 1976) was an American film actor. Born in Redfield, South Dakota, Roth was born Eugene Oliver Edgar Stutenroth. He appeared in over 250 films between 1922 and 1967.[1]

Roth is remembered for his portrayals of heavies and bad guys in Three Stooges short films such as Slaphappy Sleuths, Hot Stuff, Quiz Whizz, Outer Space Jitters and Pies and Guys. His most memorable role was as Russian spy Bortsch in Dunked in the Deep (1949), as well as its remake, Commotion on the Ocean (1956). His most famous line was his threat to Shemp Howard: "Give me dat fill-um!" ('fill-um' being 'film' with a Russian accent).[2]

Roth (far left) looks on as Shemp Howard gets crowned by his cohorts in the Three Stooges film Dunked in the Deep.

He later made frequent television appearances including seven episodes of The Lone Ranger from 1949 to 1954. His Stooge film appearance was in The Three Stooges Meet Hercules.

Roth was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Los Angeles, California on July 19, 1976.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]


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  2. ^ Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Okuda, Ted; Watz, Edward; (1986). The Columbia Comedy Shorts, p. 231 McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. ISBN 0-89950-181-8

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