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Edgar Kennedy

Highest Rated:   100% A Star Is Born (1937)
Lowest Rated:   62% Anchors Aweigh (1945)
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American comic actor Edgar Kennedy left home in his teens, smitten with the urge to see the world. He worked a number of manual labor jobs and sang in touring musical shows before returning to his native California in 1912 to break into the infant movie industry. Hired by Mack Sennett in 1914, Kennedy played innumerable roles in the Keystone comedies. He would later claim to be one of the original Keystone Kops, but his specialty during this period was portraying mustache-twirling villains. By the early 1920s, Kennedys screen image had mellowed; now he most often played detectives or middle-aged husbands. He joined Hal Roach Studios in 1928, where he did some of his best early work: co-starring with Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chase and Our Gang; directing two-reelers under the stage name E. Livingston Kennedy; and receiving top billing in one of Roach's most enduring comedies, A Pair of Tights (1928). Kennedy was dropped from the Roach payroll in a 1930 economy drive, but he'd already made a satisfactory talkie debut -- even though he'd had to lower his voice to his more familiar gravelly growl after it was discovered that his natural voice sounded high-pitched and effeminate. During his Roach stay, Kennedy developed his stock-in-trade "slow burn," wherein he'd confront a bad situation or personal humiliation by glowering at the camera, pausing, then slowly rubbing his hand over his face. In 1931, Kennedy was hired by RKO studios to star in a series of two-reelers, unofficially titled "Mr. Average Man." These films, precursors to the many TV sitcoms of the 1950s, cast Kennedy as head of a maddening household consisting of his dizzy wife (usually Florence Lake, sister of Arthur "Dagwood" Lake), nagging mother-in-law and lazy brother-in-law. Kennedy made six of these shorts per year for the next 17 years, taking time out to contribute memorable supporting roles in such film classics as Duck Soup (1933), San Francisco (1936), A Star Is Born (1937) and Anchors Aweigh (1944). Some of Kennedy's most rewarding movie assignments came late in his career: the "hidden killer" in one of the Falcon B mysteries, the poetic bartender in Harold Lloyd's Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1946), and the classical music-loving private detective in Unfaithfully Yours (1948), which like Diddlebock was directed by Preston Sturges. On November 9, 1948, shortly after completing his 103rd "Average Man" two-reeler and 36 hours before a Hollywood testimonial dinner was to be held in his honor, Kennedy died of throat cancer; his last film appearance as Doris Day's Uncle Charlie in My Dream is Yours (1949) was released posthumously.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet A Pair Of Tights
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Limousine Love
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Unaccustomed As We Are
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Public Enemies
  • Biff
1995
No Score Yet The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet When Comedy Was King
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet Mad Wednesday
  • Jake
1951
No Score Yet My Dream Is Yours
  • Uncle Charlie
1949
93% Unfaithfully Yours
  • Detective Sweeney
1948
No Score Yet Variety Time
  • Actor
1948
89% Sin of Harold Diddlebock
  • Jake
1947
62% Anchors Aweigh
  • Police Captain
1945
No Score Yet It Happened Tomorrow
  • Inspector Mulrooney
1944
No Score Yet The Great Alaskan Mystery
  • Bosun
1944
No Score Yet Crazy House
  • Judge
1943
No Score Yet The Girl from Monterey
  • Doc Hogan, Fight Promoter
1943
No Score Yet The Falcon Strikes Back
  • Smiley Dugan
1943
No Score Yet Air Raid Wardens
  • Joe Bledsoe
1943
No Score Yet Cosmo Jones, Crime Smasher
  • Police Chief Murphy
1943
No Score Yet Hitler's Madman
  • Nepomuk
1943
No Score Yet Hillbilly Blitzkrieg
  • Sgt. Homer Gatling
1942
No Score Yet In Old California
  • Kegs McKeever
1942
No Score Yet Private Snuffy Smith
  • Sgt. Cooper
1942
No Score Yet Blondie in Society
  • Vet
1941
No Score Yet Who Killed Aunt Maggie?
  • Sheriff Gregory
1940
No Score Yet Li'l Abner
  • Cornelius Cornpone
1940
No Score Yet Dr. Christian Meets the Women
  • George Browning
1940
No Score Yet Remedy for Riches
  • George Browning
1940
No Score Yet Frolics on Ice
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet It's a Wonderful World
  • Lt. Meller
1939
No Score Yet Charlie McCarthy, Detective
  • Inspector Dailey
1939
No Score Yet Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus
  • Arthur Bailey
1938
No Score Yet Hey! Hey! U.S.A.
  • Bugs Leary
1938
No Score Yet Hollywood Hotel
  • Callaghan
1937
No Score Yet Double Wedding
  • Spike
1937
No Score Yet Super-Sleuth
  • Lt. Garrison
1937
100% A Star Is Born
  • Pop Randall
1937
No Score Yet When's Your Birthday
  • Mr. Basscombe
1937
No Score Yet True Confession
  • Darsey
1937
No Score Yet Three Men on a Horse
  • Harry
1936
100% San Francisco
  • Sheriff Jim
1936
No Score Yet Small Town Girl (One Horse Town)
  • Mack
1936
No Score Yet In Person
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Little Big Shot
  • Onderdonk
1935
No Score Yet Woman Wanted
  • Sweeney
1935
No Score Yet The Cowboy Millionaire
  • Willy 'Persimmon' Bates
1935
No Score Yet Chasing Those Depression Blues
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet The Marines Are Coming
  • Sgt. Buck Martin
1935
No Score Yet Flirting With Danger
  • Jimmie Pierson
1934
No Score Yet Kid Millions
  • Herman
1934
No Score Yet King Kelly of the U.S.A.
  • Happy Moran
1934
No Score Yet Money Means Nothing
  • Herbert Green
1934
88% Twentieth Century
  • McGonigle
1934
No Score Yet Heat Lightning
  • The Husband
1934
No Score Yet The Silver Streak
  • O'Brien
1934
94% Duck Soup
  • Street Vendor
1933
No Score Yet Tillie and Gus
  • Judge Elmer
1933
No Score Yet Professional Sweetheart
  • Kelsey
1933
No Score Yet Diplomaniacs
  • Presiding Delegate
1933
No Score Yet Penguin Pool Murder
  • Donovan
1932
No Score Yet Hold 'em Jail
  • Warden
1932
No Score Yet Carnival Boat
  • Baldy
1932
No Score Yet Little Orphan Annie
  • Daddy Warbucks
1932
No Score Yet Quick Millions
  • Cop
1931
No Score Yet Night Owls
  • Officer Kennedy
1930
No Score Yet Bacon Grabbers
  • Actor
1929
No Score Yet Welcome Danger
  • Desk Sergeant
1929
No Score Yet They Had to See Paris
  • Ed Eggers
1929
No Score Yet Unaccustomed As We Are
  • Off. Kennedy
1929
No Score Yet Angora Love
  • Landlord
1929
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy
  • Uncle Edgar
1929
No Score Yet Two Tars
  • Motorist
1928
No Score Yet Should Married Men Go Home?
  • Golfer
1928
No Score Yet From Soup To Nuts
  • Director
1928
No Score Yet The Finishing Touch
  • Cop
1928
No Score Yet Leave 'Em Laughing
  • Cop
1928
No Score Yet You're Darn Tootin'
  • Director
1928
No Score Yet The Better Ole
  • Cpl. Quint
1926
No Score Yet Paths to Paradise
  • Actor
1925
No Score Yet Mickey
  • Bookie
1918
No Score Yet His Bitter Pill
  • Actor
1916
No Score Yet Keystone Comedies, Vol. 1
  • Actor
1915
No Score Yet A Fair Exchange
  • Policeman
1914
No Score Yet Gentlemen of Nerve
  • Policeman
1914
No Score Yet Dough and Dynamite
  • Striking Baker
1914
No Score Yet Mabel's Busy Day
  • Actor
1914
No Score Yet The Knockout
  • Cyclone Flynn
1914
No Score Yet Caught in a Cabaret
  • Cafe Proprietor
1914
No Score Yet Twenty Minutes of Love
  • Edgar
1914
No Score Yet Mabel at the Wheel
  • Man in Grandstand
1914
No Score Yet Cruel, Cruel Love
  • Lord Helpus' Butler
1914
No Score Yet Tango Tangles
  • Dance Hall Manager
1914
83% Tillie's Punctured Romance
  • Restaurant Owner
1914

Quotes from Edgar Kennedy's Characters