Ed Wynn

Ed Wynn

Highest Rated: 96% Mary Poppins (1964)

Lowest Rated: 36% Babes in Toyland (1961)

Birthday: Nov 9, 1886

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Hugely popular vaudeville and Broadway comedian who, after being boycotted by the Shuberts for organizing an actor's strike, continued his success by writing and producing his own shows. Billed as "The Perfect Fool" after the title of one of his Broadway shows, Wynn was known for his trademark zany hats, misfit clothes, oversized shoes, lisping speech, fluttering hands, squeaky giggling and his exit line, "I'll be back in a flash with more trash." Progenitor of a topsy-turvy career, Wynn conquered radio with his first-time broadcast of a full-length comedy show to a radio audience in 1922 and followed with his own popular radio series as the Texaco "Fire Chief" (1932-35). He pioneered in combining his comedy routines with spoofs of the sponsor's commercial messages. Primarily a visual comic, he reemerged in the following decade as a popular figure in the new medium of television, winning the first Emmy Award as Most Outstanding Live Personality. In the late 50s, after having appeared in only a handful of films, Wynn began a successful career as a character actor, playing his first dramatic role in "The Great Man" (1956) and following with an Oscar-nominated performance as the Dutch dentist in "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1959). He alternated dramatic roles with the comedies "Cinderfella" (1960), "The Absentminded Professor" (1961) and "Mary Poppins" (1964). Father of actor Keenan Wynn (1916-86) who co-starred with him in "The Great Man" and the 1956 Rod Steiger teleplay "Requiem for a Heavyweight."

Highest rated movies

Mary Poppins
That Darn Cat!
Son of Flubber
The Absent Minded Professor
The Diary of Anne Frank
Cinderfella
Babes in Toyland

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 58% The Gnome-Mobile Rufus (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 40% The Daydreamer The Emperor (Voice) - 1966
No Score Yet 53% Dear Brigitte The Captain (Character) - 1965
94% 71% That Darn Cat! Mr. Hofstedder (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 56% Those Calloways Ed Parker (Character) - 1964
96% 86% Mary Poppins Uncle Albert (Character) - 1964
88% 47% Son of Flubber A.J. Allen (Character) - 1963
83% 62% The Absent Minded Professor Fire Chief (Character) - 1961
36% 59% Babes in Toyland Toymaker (Character) - 1961
60% 65% Cinderfella Fairy Godfather (Character) - 1960
79% 77% The Diary of Anne Frank Mr. Albert Dussell (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Miracle on 34th Street Kris Kringle (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 55% Marjorie Morningstar Uncle Sampson (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Requiem for a Heavyweight Army (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Man Paul Beaseley (Character) - 1956
81% 78% Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter (Voice) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chief Henry Summers aka The Perfect Fool (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Follow the Leader Crickets (Character) - 1930

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Disney's Wonderful World A.J. Allen (Character) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walt Disney's Disneyland Host 1969
No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
82% 95% The Twilight Zone Sam Fortsmann (Character) 1959 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Feigenstein (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet 100% Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1959-1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Billy Bishop (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Skelton Show Unknown (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1954