|Born||George Joseph Somerville
July 10, 1892
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
|Died||January 5, 1946
Laguna Beach, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||stroke|
|Occupation||Actor & Director|
|Spouse(s)||Gertrude Roell (m. 1927–36)
Eleanor Brown (m. 1937–46)
He married Gertrude Martha Roell on 19 November 1927. In early 1932, the Summervilles adopted a four-week-old baby boy whom they christened Elliott George. The couple divorced in September 1936, and he then married Eleanor Brown (also a divorcee) who was his nurse who cared for him when he was sick and fell in love and married him in 1937 to keep him from getting sick again.
Summerville died of a stroke on January 5, 1946 in Laguna Beach, California. He is buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery in South Los Angeles community of Inglewood, California. Twenty years after his death, his beach front house on Sleepy Hollow Lane in Laguna Beach was converted into the The Beach House restaurant.
He was working as a poolroom porter when found by Edgar Kennedy, who took him to Mack Sennett where he started at $3.50 per day. His first role was as a "Keystone Kop" in Hoffmeyer's Legacy (1912).
Occasionally, he played in dramatic films, such as All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and Jesse James (1939). However, he was most successful in comedy films, including several with ZaSu Pitts. He also played in films with Shirley Temple, Captain January (1936) and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938).
Inducted into the New Mexico Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2012.
- Mabel's Busy Day (1914)
- Fatty and the Heiress (1914)
- A Rowboat Romance (1914)
- Laughing Gas (1914)
- Lover's Luck (1914)
- Dough and Dynamite (1914)
- Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)
- Leading Lizzie Astray (1914)
- Fatty's Magic Pants (1914)
- Fatty and Minnie He-Haw (1914)
- Fatty's New Role (1915)
- Her Painted Hero (1915)
- That Little Band of Gold (1915)
- Their Social Splash (1915)
- Fatty and the Broadway Stars (1915)
- Hearts and Sparks (1916)
- The Beloved Rogue (1927)
- One Hysterical Night (1929)
- Strong Boy (1929)
- All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
- Her Man (1930)
- See America Thirst (1930)
- Troopers Three (1930)
- Free Love (1930)
- The Bad Sister (1931)
- Air Mail (1932)
- The Unexpected Father (1932)
- Life Begins at Forty (1935)
- Captain January (1936)
- The Country Doctor(1936)
- Can This Be Dixie? (1937)
- Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)
- Up the River (1938)
- Kentucky Moonshine (1938)
- Submarine Patrol (1938)
- Charlie Chan in Reno (1939)
- Henry Goes Arizona (1939)
- Jesse James (1939)
- Gold Rush Maisie (1940)
- Western Union (1941)
- Uncle Joe (1941)
- Niagara Falls (1941)
- Tobacco Road (1941)
- I'm from Arkansas (1944)
- The Hoodlum Saint (1946)
- Stuart, Ray (1965). Immortals of the Screen. Sherbourne Press. p. 218.
- Harrison, Paul (13 July 1936). "Sad-Looking Slim Summerville Never Hoped To Be Funny - Just Can't Help It". The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
- "Stroke Fatal to Movie Star - "Slim" Summerville Dies Suddenly". Warsaw Daily Union. 7 January 1946. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
- "SAD SLIM SUMMERVILLE LOSES WIFE AT COURT". The Spokesman-Review. 2 October 1936. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
- "SLIM SUMMERVILLE OF MOVIES ADOPTS BABY". Associated Press. 6 February 1932. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
- "Wife Divorces Film Comedian". The Pittsburgh Press. 2 October 1936. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
- "Lanky Screen Comic Gets Romantic 'Break'". The Montreal Gazette. 17 September 1941. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
- "Slim Summerville, Of The Movies, Dies". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 7 January 1946. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
- Motion picture herald (Quigley Pub. Co.). 1946. Missing or empty
- Puterbaugh, Parke; Bisbort, Alan (1988). Life is a beach: a vacationer's guide to the West Coast. McGraw-Hill. p. 74.
- Slim Summerville. Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 2012-02-11