Edward Arnold

Edward Arnold

  • Highest Rated: 100% Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% Rasputin and the Empress (1933)
  • Birthday: Feb 18, 1890
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Hearty American character actor Edward Arnold was born in New York to German immigrant parents. Orphaned at 11, Arnold supported himself with a series of manual labor jobs. He made his first stage appearance at 12, playing Lorenzo in an amateur production of The Merchant of Venice at the East Side Settlement House. Encouraged to continue acting by playwright/ journalist John D. Barry, Arnold became a professional at 15, joining the prestigious Ben Greet Players shortly afterward. After touring with such notables as Ethel Barrymore and Maxine Elliot, he did bit and extra work at Chicago's Essanay Film Studios and New Jersey's World Studios during the early 'teens. Hoping to become a slender leading man, Arnold found that his fortune lay in character parts, and accordingly beefed up his body: "The bigger I got, the better character roles I received," he'd observe later. Following several seasons on Broadway, Arnold made his talking picture debut as a gangster in 1933's Whistling in the Dark. He continued playing supporting villains until attaining the title role in Diamond Jim (1935), which required him to add 25 pounds to his already substantial frame; he repeated this characterization in the 1940 biopic Lillian Russell. Other starring roles followed in films like Sutter's Gold (1936), Come and Get It (1936) and Toast of New York (1937), but in 1937 Arnold's career momentum halted briefly when he was labelled "box office poison" by a committee of film exhibitors (other "poisonous" performers were Joan Crawford and Katharine Hepburn!) Undaunted, Arnold accepted lesser billing in secondary roles, remaining in demand until his death. A favorite of director Frank Capra (who frequently chided the actor for the "phony laugh" that was his trademark), Arnold appeared in a trio of Capra films, playing Jimmy Stewart's millionaire father in You Can't Take It With You (1938), a corrupt political boss in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), and a would-be fascist in Meet John Doe (1941). Despite the fact that he was not considered a box-office draw, Arnold continued to be cast in starring roles from time to time, notably Daniel Webster in 1941's The Devil and Daniel Webster and blind detective Duncan Maclain in Eyes in the Night (1942) and The Hidden Eye (1945). During the 1940s, Arnold became increasingly active in politics, carrying this interest over into a radio anthology, Mr. President, which ran from 1947 through 1953. He was co-founder of the "I Am an American Foundation," an officer of Hollywood's Permanent Charities Committee, and a president of the Screen Actors Guild. Though a staunch right-wing conservative (he once considered running for Senate on the Republican ticket), Arnold labored long and hard to protect his fellow actors from the persecution of the HUAC "communist witch-hunt." Edward Arnold's last film appearance was in the "torn from today's headlines" potboiler Miami Expose (1956).


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No Score Yet Jennie Gerhardt Actor 2012
No Score Yet Take Me Out to the Ballgame Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Ambassador's Daughter Ambassador Fiske 1956
No Score Yet Miami Exposé Oliver Tubbs 1956
No Score Yet The Houston Story Actor 1956
No Score Yet Living It Up The Mayor 1954
No Score Yet City That Never Sleeps Penrod Biddel 1953
No Score Yet Belles on Their Toes Sam Harper 1952
No Score Yet Dear Brat Senator Wilkins 1951
No Score Yet The Skipper Surprised His Wife Adm. Homer Thorndyke 1950
100% Annie Get Your Gun Pawnee Bill 1950
No Score Yet The Yellow Cab Man Martin Creavy 1950
No Score Yet Dear Wife Judge Wilkins 1949
No Score Yet Big Jack Mayor Mahoney 1949
93% Take Me Out to the Ball Game Joe Lorgan 1949
No Score Yet John Loves Mary Sen. McKinley 1949
No Score Yet Command Decision Congressman Arthur Malcolm 1948
No Score Yet Three Daring Daughters Robert Nelson 1948
No Score Yet Dear Ruth Judge Harry Wilkins 1947
No Score Yet The Hucksters Dave Lash 1947
No Score Yet Janie Gets Married Charles Conway 1946
67% Ziegfeld Follies Lawyer 1946
No Score Yet The Mighty McGurk Mike Glenson 1946
No Score Yet Weekend at the Waldorf Martin X. Edley 1945
No Score Yet Janie Charles Conway 1944
No Score Yet Kismet The Grand Vizier 1944
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington Amory Stilham 1944
No Score Yet Main Street After Dark Lt. Lorrigan 1944
No Score Yet Standing Room Only T.J. Todd 1944
No Score Yet The War Against Mrs. Hadley Elliott Fulton 1943
No Score Yet The Youngest Profession Actor 1943
No Score Yet Eyes in the Night Duncan Maclain 1942
No Score Yet Johnny Eager Farrell 1942
No Score Yet Inflation The Devil 1942
No Score Yet Unholy Partners Merrill Lambert 1941
100% The Devil and Daniel Webster Daniel Webster 1941
No Score Yet Nothing But the Truth T.T. Ralston 1941
90% Meet John Doe D.B. Norton 1941
No Score Yet Design for Scandal Judson M. Blair 1941
No Score Yet The Penalty Martin "Stuff" Nelson 1941
No Score Yet Lillian Russell Diamond Jim Brady 1940
No Score Yet Johnny Apollo Robert Cain, Sr. 1940
No Score Yet Slightly Honorable Vincent Cushing 1940
No Score Yet The Earl of Chicago Quentin 'Doc' Ramsey 1940
95% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Jim Taylor 1939
No Score Yet Man About Town Actor 1939
No Score Yet Idiot's Delight Achille Weber 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
No Score Yet Let Freedom Ring Jim Wade 1939
92% You Can't Take It With You Anthony P. Kirby 1938
No Score Yet The Toast of New York James 'Jim' Fisk Jr. 1937
100% Easy Living J.B. Ball 1937
91% Come and Get It Barney Glasgow 1936
No Score Yet Meet Nero Wolfe Nero Wolfe 1936
No Score Yet Crime and Punishment Insp. Porfiry 1935
No Score Yet Remember Last Night? Danny Harrison 1935
No Score Yet The Glass Key Paul Madvig 1935
No Score Yet Cardinal Richelieu Louis XIII 1935
No Score Yet Diamond Jim Actor 1935
No Score Yet Biography of a Bachelor Girl Feydak 1935
No Score Yet Million Dollar Ransom Vincent Shelton 1934
No Score Yet Hideout MacCarthy 1934
No Score Yet Sadie McKee Jack Brennan 1934
No Score Yet Thirty Day Princess Richard M. Gresham 1934
No Score Yet The President Vanishes Secretary of War Wardell 1934
91% I'm No Angel Big Bill Barton 1933
No Score Yet The Barbarian Achmed 1933
60% Rasputin and the Empress Doctor 1933
No Score Yet Roman Scandals Emperor Valerius 1933
No Score Yet Secret Of The Blue Room Commissioner Forster 1933
No Score Yet Three on a Match Ace 1932
No Score Yet Okay, America! Actor 1932
98% Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans Actor 1927


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