2100 N. Hollyvista Avenue 90027
2100 N. Hollyvista Avenue 90027 Los Feliz USA
Modern house rebuilt in 1962.
History: 2100 N. Hollyvista Avenue was the home of Chester Conklin in the 1920s and 1930s. Conklin left home as a teenager to enter vaudeville, where he developed a character patterned after his boss at the time, a German baker named Schultz. Schultz had a thick accent and a very bushy “walrus”-type mustache, which Conklin appropriated for his new character. He managed to break into vaudeville with this act and spent several years on tour with various stock companies. Eventually he secured a job as a clown with a traveling circus. After seeing several of Mack Sennett’s Keystone Kops shorts in theaters, Conklin went to the Sennett studio and applied for a job there. Sennett hired him as a Keystone Kop (at $3 a day).
He stayed with Sennett for six years, and became famous for his pairing with burly comic Mack Swain in a series of “Ambrose and Walrus” shorts and appeared in several of Charles Chaplin’s shorts for the studio (Chaplin adapted Conklin’s “walrus” mustache as part of the costume for his “Little Tramp” character). Conklin was approached by Fox Films to do a series of comedy shorts, and when Sennett refused to match the offer Fox made, Conklin left Sennett and signed with Fox. He stayed with Fox for several years, then freelanced for several independent producers in a series of comedy shorts. Conklin worked steadily into the sound era, and retired from the screen in 1966. His last movie was the well-received Western comedy A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966), in which his character was named “Chester.” His filmography counts 169 films, and range from 1914 to 1966. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Internet Movie Database, Movieland Directory, Wikipedia 2019).
Type: Modern Sold
Area: 1,416 sqft
Lot Size: 3,853 sqft
Year Built: 1962