Ed Wynn

Ed Wynn

  • Highest Rated: 100% Mary Poppins (1964)
  • Lowest Rated: 36% Babes in Toyland (1961)
  • Birthday: Nov 9, 1886
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Born Isaiah Edward Leopold, Wynn ran away from home at 15 to work as a utility boy for a stage company, with which he also acted. The company failed and he returned home. Shortly thereafter, he moved to New York, soon becoming a vaudeville comic headliner. In 1914, he began appearing with the Ziegfeld Follies, billed as the Perfect Fool; meanwhile, he got into a widely publicized feud with another Ziegfeld star, W.C. Fields. After organizing an actors' strike in 1919, he was boycotted by the Shuberts. At the height of his popularity as a Broadway comic star, he got around the boycott by writing and producing his own shows, which were both critical and popular successes. Having appeared in a few films, in the '30s he increased his popularity on radio as the Texaco Fire Chief. At the end of the '30s, several of his business ventures collapsed, including a radio chain; he suffered a nervous breakdown and his career seemed over. He bounced back on Broadway in the '40s. In 1949, he won the first TV Emmy Award as Best Actor in a Series. Out of work in the '50s, when his comedy style had become dated, he was encouraged by his son -- actor Keenan Wynn -- to launch a new career as a film actor. From 1957 to 1967, he was busy onscreen as a dramatic character actor, and for his work in The Diary of Anne Frank (1959), he received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. He also appeared in TV dramas.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Gnome-Mobile Rufus 1967
No Score Yet The Daydreamer The Emperor 1966
94% That Darn Cat! Mr. Hofstedder 1965
No Score Yet Dear Brigitte The Captain 1965
38% The Greatest Story Ever Told Old Aram 1965
No Score Yet Those Calloways Ed Parker 1965
100% Mary Poppins Uncle Albert 1964
82% The Patsy Himself 1964
86% Son of Flubber A.J. Allen 1963
No Score Yet The Sound of Laughter Actor 1962
36% Babes in Toyland Toymaker 1961
82% The Absent-Minded Professor Fire Chief 1961
No Score Yet Cinderfella Fairy Godfather 1960
76% The Diary of Anne Frank Albert Dussell 1959
No Score Yet Marjorie Morningstar Uncle Samson 1958
No Score Yet The Great Man Paul Beaseley 1957
No Score Yet Playhouse 90 Army 1956
81% Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter 1951
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen Stage Door Canteen Star 1943

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Prof. Phineas T. Klump
  • 1965
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Sam Forstmann Lew Bookman
  • 1963
  • 1959
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Bateman
  • 1961
No Score Yet The Flintstones
1960-1966
Voice
  • 1961

QUOTES FROM Ed Wynn CHARACTERS

Mad Hatter
"A Very Merry Un-Birthday to you!
Mad Hatter
A very merry Un-Birthday to you!