Shortly afterwards Hays drew up a list of 200 people considered morally dangerous whom it was intended to bar from the industry. Heading the list was Wallace Reid, probably the most popular star prior to Douglas Fairbanks' ascendancy, whose drug habit was to finish his career before the MPDDA was able to finish it for him.
At the height Arbuckles' career he weighed 136 kg (300lb).
He was the first American comedy star to direct his own films, predating Charlie Chaplin by several months.
He worked for Paramount for 18 months, starring in 9 feature films.
After his career came to an abrupt end, Buster Keaton financially supported him as thanks for giving him his break into the film industry. Roscoe later directed Beaton under the pseudonym William Goodrich.
In 1932, after appearing in six comic shorts for Warner Brothers starting with Hey, Pop! (USA 1932), he signed a feature film contract with them, but died in his sleep from a heart attack the following night on 29 June 1933 at the age of 46.