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Ed Wynn



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Gnome-Mobile
  • Rufus
1967
No Score Yet The Daydreamer
  • The Emperor
1966
93% That Darn Cat!
  • Mr. Hofstedder
1965
No Score Yet Dear Brigitte
  • The Captain
1965
37% The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • Old Aram
1965
No Score Yet Those Calloways
  • Ed Parker
1965
100% Mary Poppins
  • Uncle Albert
1964
80% 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
81% 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
79% Alice in Wonderland
  • Mad Hatter
1951
No Score Yet Four Star Revue
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen
  • Stage Door Canteen Star
1943

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Sam Forstmann Lew Bookman

Quotes from Ed Wynn's Characters