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Ted Banks

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Ted Banks
BornEdward William Coppin
circa 1892
DiedSeptember 3, 1942 (age 49)
Decatur, Illinois
Resting placeColon Cemetery

Ted Banks (c.1892 -1942) began with the Fred Karmo troupe in vaudeville troupe in 1910 and played in companies with Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel.[1]


In 1911, the company brought the play, "A Night in an English Music Hall," to the United States. When Chaplin entered motion pictures, Mr. Coppin formed the "Keystone Trio" with Stan Laurel and a girl.[2]

He met Blackstone and eventually became his stage manager in 1923. He also worked at times for Abbott's.

He died of a heart attack the day after the famous fire evacuation of Blackstone's audience from the Lincoln Theater in Decatur, Illinois.[3]


  1. Obit, Sphinx, October 1942
  2. Obit, Linking Ring,October 1942
  3. Obit, Tops, October 1942