Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004
Cigar-smoking character actor with a dour face who was well-known and often imitated. His movie appearances include 42nd Street, Golddiggers of 1933 in which he playeed the producer, the live-action Alice in Wonderland as the Caterpillar, and Wake Up and Live.
Caricatures of Sparks appear in:
Hollywood Steps Out (Avery, 1941) greeting the table of stonefaces
Malibu Beach Party (Freleng, 1940) being buried in sand by Baby Snooks/Fanny Brice
Slap-Happy Pappy (Clampett, 1940) indicating his joy (?) at the news that Eddie Cackler (caricature of Eddie Cantor) is going to be the father of a boy
Fresh Fish (Avery, 1939) as an old crab
It is quite possible that the Rip Van Winkle character in Have You Got Any Castles? (Tashlin, 1938) is a Sparks caricature as well, given the character’s voice.