Eddie Bracken

Lowest Rated: 12% Oscar (1991)
Birthday: Feb 7, 1915
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

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
35% Rookie of the Year Bob Carson 1993
No Score Yet The American Clock Grandpa 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
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

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
  • 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

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