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Eddie Quillan

Highest Rated:   100% The Ladies' Man (1961)
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Birthplace:   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Eddie Quillan made his performing debut at age seven in his family's vaudeville act. By the time he was in his teens, Quillan was a consummate performer, adept at singing, dancing, and joke-spinning. He made his first film, Up and At 'Em, in 1922, but it wasn't until 1925, when he appeared in Los Angeles with his siblings in an act called "The Rising Generation," that he began his starring movie career with Mack Sennett. At first, Sennett tried to turn Quillan into a new Harry Langdon, but eventually the slight, pop-eyed, ever-grinning Quillan established himself in breezy "collegiate" roles. Leaving Sennett over a dispute concerning risqué material, Quillan made his first major feature-film appearance when he co-starred in Cecil B. DeMille's The Godless Girl (1929). This led to a contract at Pathé studios, where Quillan starred in such ebullient vehicles as The Sophomore (1929), Noisy Neighbors (1929), Big Money (1930), and The Tip-Off (1931). He remained a favorite in large and small roles throughout the 1930s and 1940s; he faltered only when he was miscast as master sleuth Ellery Queen in The Spanish Cape Mystery (1936). Among Quillan's more memorable credits as a supporting actor were Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), and Abbott and Costello's It Ain't Hay (1943). From 1948 through 1956, Quillan co-starred with Wally Vernon in a series of 16 two-reel comedies, which showed to excellent advantage the physical dexterity of both men. Quillan remained active into the 1980s on TV; from 1968 through 1971, he was a regular on the Diahann Carroll sitcom Julia. In his retirement years, Eddie Quillan became a pet interview subject for film historians thanks to his ingratiating personality and uncanny total recall.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The First Rebel
  • Anderson
2015
No Score Yet For the Love of It
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet The Strongest Man in the World
  • Mr. Willoughby
1975
No Score Yet How to Frame a Figg
  • Old Man
1971
No Score Yet Angel in My Pocket
  • Rev. Beckwith
1969
67% A Guide for the Married Man
  • Cologne Salesman
1967
67% The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
  • Elevator Operator
1966
No Score Yet The Bounty Killer
  • Pianist
1965
85% Viva Las Vegas
  • MC
1964
No Score Yet Advance to the Rear
  • Smitty
1964
No Score Yet Promises! Promises!
  • Bartender
1963
No Score Yet Move Over Darling
  • Bellboy
1963
No Score Yet Gunfight at Comanche Creek
  • Clerk
1963
No Score Yet Summer Magic
  • Mailman
1963
No Score Yet Who's Got the Action?
  • Dingo the Phone Repairman
1963
100% The Ladies' Man
  • Actor
1961
85% Brigadoon
  • Sandy
1954
No Score Yet Jungle Queen
  • Chuck Kelly
1945
No Score Yet Dixie Jamboree
  • Jeff Calhoun
1944
No Score Yet Mystery of the Riverboat
  • JugJenks
1944
No Score Yet Dark Mountain
  • Willie Dinsmire
1944
No Score Yet Alaska Highway
  • Pompadour 'Shorty' Jones
1943
No Score Yet It Ain't Hay
  • Harry the Horse
1943
No Score Yet Priorities on Parade
  • Sticks O'Hara
1942
100% Kid Glove Killer
  • Eddie Wright
1942
No Score Yet The Flame of New Orleans
  • Third Sailor
1941
No Score Yet Flying Blind
  • Riley
1941
100% The Grapes of Wrath
  • Connie Rivers
1940
No Score Yet Allegheny Uprising
  • Anderson
1939
100% Young Mr. Lincoln
  • Adam Clay
1939
No Score Yet Made for Each Other
  • Conway
1939
No Score Yet Big City
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet London by Night
  • Bill
1937
No Score Yet The Mandarin Mystery
  • Ellery Queen
1936
100% Fury
  • Peanut Vendor
1936
94% Mutiny on the Bounty
  • Ellison
1935
No Score Yet Hollywood Party
  • Bob
1934
No Score Yet Girl Crazy
  • Danny
1932
No Score Yet The Tip Off
  • Thomas 'Tommy' Jordan
1931
No Score Yet Night Work
  • Willie
1930
No Score Yet The Godless Girl
  • Samuel 'Bozo' Johnson
1929
No Score Yet Show Folks
  • Eddie Kehoe
1928
No Score Yet Our Dancing Daughters
  • Actor
1928
No Score Yet Caution: Funny Men at Work!
  • Actor
1928
No Score Yet Sideshow
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Shorty Old Timer Judge Picker Kavendish Gargan Jed Haney
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1977
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Newsie
  • 1967

Quotes from Eddie Quillan's Characters