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Eddie Bracken

Highest Rated:   95% Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
Lowest Rated:   13% Oscar (1991)
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Birthplace:   Astoria, New York, USA
Character actor Eddie Bracken is best known for his roles as lovable, befuddled losers and nervous hayseeds. As a child, he acted and sang on stage and in vaudeville and nightclubs; he also appeared in four "Our Gang" comedy shorts and in six episodes of the "New York Kiddie Troopers" series. As a juvenile, he worked on Broadway and with touring shows, then made his film debut with Too Many Girls (1940). Bracken is best known for his work as a shy bumbler in two light Preston Sturges comedies, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek and Hail the Conquering Hero (both 1944); in the latter he appeared as Norval Jones, the character that established his "type" and which (he would later complain) ruined his film career by restricting the sorts of roles he was offered. In the early '50s his career ground to a halt and he quit making movies in 1953, going on to do much touring stage work with his wife, the former Connie Nickerson. During the early 70s he lost $2 million in a failed scheme to create a chain of stock theaters. He returned briefly to Hollywood in 1983 to appear as a Walt Disney send-up in National Lampoon's Vacation.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Reaching For The Sun
  • Actor
2012
21% Baby's Day Out
  • Old Timer
1994
No Score Yet Assault at West Point
  • Alexander
1994
39% Rookie of the Year
  • Bob Carson
1993
13% 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
No Score Yet 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 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Actor

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