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Roy Atwell
Born May 2, 1878(1878-05-02)
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Died February 6, 1962 (aged 83)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, composer
Years active 1914–1947

Roy Atwell (May 2, 1878 – February 6, 1962) was an American actor, comedian, and composer. He was educated at the Sargent School of Acting, and appeared in 34 films between 1914 and 1947. As well as his film work, he appeared in several Broadway productions, including The Little Missus, The Mimic World, The Firefly, and How's Your Health? He was a member of the Fortune Gallo's San Carlo Opera Company, and joined ASCAP in 1957. He composed the popular song Some Little Bug is Going to Find You. He was married three times, to Ethel Smith (1916-1936), Blanche West (1907-?), and Dorothy Young (?-1916). Roy Atwell, son of Joseph Addison Atwell, is a direct descendant of Josph Atwell, a revolutionary war soldier who in 1792 purchased land in the military tract in New York State that was then the frontier and built a house in what today is known as Pompey Hollow south of Syracuse, New York, near Cazenovia. He wrote the words to a song, "When a Piece of Toast Climbs Your Bedpost with a Cigar."


  • 1947: Where There's Life (Salesman)
  • 1946: Gentleman Joe Palooka
  • 1946: People Are Funny (Mr. Pippensiegal)
  • 1942: The Fleet's In (Arthur Sidney)
  • 1937: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Doc)
  • 1937: Behind the Mike (Vale)
  • 1937: Varsity Show (Prof. Washburn)
  • 1936: The Harvester (Jake Eben)
  • 1933: Crashing the Gate
  • 1926: The Outsider (Jerry Sidon)
  • 1923: Souls for Sale (Arthur Tirrey)
  • 1922: Red Hot Romance (Jim Conwell)
  • 1922: Don't Get Personal (Horace Kane)
  • 1922: Grand Larceny (Harkness Boyd)
  • 1922: South of Suva (Marmaduke Grubb)
  • 1922: The Heart Specialist

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