Eddie Bracken

Eddie Bracken

Highest Rated: 100% Summer Stock (1950)

Lowest Rated: 12% Oscar (1991)

Birthday: Feb 7, 1915

Birthplace: Astoria, New York, USA

Comic character actor Eddie Bracken has worked steadily in full-length feature films and on-stage for decades, but was most popular during the '40s when he played leads and co-leads in several sprightly Paramount comedies and light musicals. He typically played shy, twitchy fellows with a constantly cracking voice and a tendency toward cluelessness and helplessness. Bracken began singing and acting on-stage and in vaudeville as a young child. He made his film debut in a quartet of Our Gang shorts and in six episodes of the New York Kiddie Troopers series. Later he began appearing on Broadway and performing in traveling shows. In 1938, Bracken played a bit part in Brother Rat, but did not win his first major role until the 1940 musical comedy Too Many Girls. Bracken is best remembered for his work in a pair of frothy, irreverent Preston Sturges comedies: The Miracle of Morgan's Creek and Hail the Conquering Hero (both 1944). These roles led to his being typecast as a chronically befuddled bumbler. Bracken's popularity continued through the decade, but by the early-'50s, musicals were on the wane and the style of comedy in which Bracken had been hopelessly typecast was out of style. By 1953, he had exchanged his film career for one on stage and television. In 1962, Bracken suddenly showed up in the Italian comedy Always on Sunday. In addition to live-action performances, he also voiced a few cartoon characters, notably in the animated feature Shinbone Alley (1970). In the early '70s, Bracken tried to establish a chain of stock theaters and ended up losing two million dollars. Bracken returned to making occasional film appearances in the early '80s, beginning with a cameo as a theme park owner in National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). He continued to work in films and on-stage through the '90s.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Reaching For The Sun Actor 2012
20% Baby's Day Out Old Timer 1994
No Score Yet Assault at West Point Alexander 1994
No Score Yet The American Clock Grandpa 1993
35% Rookie of the Year Bob Carson 1993
12% Oscar Five Spot Charlie 1991
No Score Yet Wind In The Willows Moley 1987
93% National Lampoon's Vacation Roy Walley 1983
No Score Yet Shinbone Alley Archy 1971
No Score Yet We're Not Married Willie Fisher 1952
No Score Yet About Face Biff Roberts 1952
No Score Yet Two Tickets to Broadway Lew Conway 1951
100% Summer Stock Orville Wingait 1950
No Score Yet The Girl From Jones Beach Chuck Donovan 1949
95% Hail the Conquering Hero Woodrow Truesmith 1944
88% The Miracle of Morgan's Creek Norval Jones 1944
No Score Yet Rainbow Island Toby Smith 1944
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm Jimmy Webster 1942
No Score Yet Sweater Girl Jack Mitchell 1942
No Score Yet The Fleet's In Barney Waters 1942
No Score Yet Young and Willing George Bodell 1942
No Score Yet Too Many Girls Jojo Jordan 1940
No Score Yet Caught in the Draft Bert Sparks 1939
No Score Yet Brother Rat Bit Part 1938

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Ed
2000-2004
Stuckeyville Stan 2000
No Score Yet Empty Nest
1988-1995
Fred 1990
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
Guest 1990
No Score Yet Wiseguy
1987-1990
Father Patrick 1990
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Barney Ogden 1985
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Ex-Clown Orphanage Operator 1964
1963
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
43% Winnetka Road
1994
Father Burke

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