Pallette's best-known role may be as Friar Tuck in The Adventures of Robin Hood, and his similar appearance in The Mark of Zorro.
In 1927, he signed as a regular for Hal Roach Studios and was a reliable comic foil in several early Laurel and Hardy movies.
In later years, Pallette's weight may have topped out at more than 300 pounds (136 kg).
The advent of the talkies proved to be the second major career boost for Pallette.
His inimitable rasping gravel voice (described as "half an octave below anyone else in the cast") made him one of Hollywood's most sought-after character actors in the 1930s and 1940s.
He became famous long before becoming morbidly obese, starring as the slender sword-fighting swashbuckler Aramis in Douglas Fairbanks' 1921 version of The Three Musketeers, one of the great smash hits of the silent era.
After gaining a life-threatening amount of weight, he became one of the screen's most recognizable character actors.
His first credited appearance was in the one-reel short western/drama The Fugitive (1913) which was directed by Wallace Reid for Flying "A" Studios at Santa Barbara. Griffith on such films as The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance (1916).Quickly advancing to featured status, Pallette appeared in many westerns. At this time, he had a slim, athletic figure, a far cry from the portly build later in his career.