Roy Atwell

Roy Atwell

May 2, 1878 to February 6, 1962

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Roy Atwell was born John Le Roy Atwell on May 2nd, 1878 in Syracuse, New York.
His parents were Joseph Addison Atwell (b. 1838 d. 1889) and Louisa Maria Reymon (b. 1844 d. 1911)
Roy had 2 sisters and 1 brother.
---Emmeline (Lina) Maria Atwell (b.1870 d. 1941)
---Joseph Addison Atwell Jr (b. 1874 d. ? )
---Louisa (nicknamed Sadie) W. Atwell (b.1879 d. ?)
Roy would live his life as an entertainer.
In his early years as a boy in Syracuse, he would organize amateur plays in a neigborhood barn, with another local named Edna Pettie - who would become the international stage actress, Edna May. Roy would join the theater, become a recording artist, write plays, become a radio personality and star in films. He became known as the stuttering or double-talk comedian, but, he preferred to be called a "muddler" for mixing up his thoughts and words. Roy would later become the voice of "Doc" in Walt Disney's 1937 historic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs".
Roy would marry 3 times.
On January 11, 1907 Roy would marry Blanche Susanna Mecredy (also known by her stage name of Blanche West).
---Blanche was a Ziegfeld Follies girl.
---Blanche would divorce Roy in ?
On February 21, 1913 Roy would marry Dorothy Young.
---Dorothy was the daughter of the wealthy banker George W. Young.
---She would divorce Roy in 1916.
On July 25, 1919 Roy would marry Ethel Smith (or Schmidt), also a Ziegfeld Follies girl.
---They would have 1 child together - June Carol Atwell ( b. December 22,1920).
---This marriage also ended in divorce in 1936.
---The 1930 U.S. census shows Roy's age as 51, Ethel as 28 and June as 9 years of age.