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Edward Arnold



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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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Secret Of The Blue Room
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Jennie Gerhardt
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Take Me Out to the Ballgame
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Eddy Arnold Sings the Hits
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The Ambassador's Daughter
  • Ambassador Fiske
1956
No Score Yet The Houston Story
  • Actor
1956
No Score Yet Miami Exposé
  • Oliver Tubbs
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
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
75% Ziegfeld Follies
  • Lawyer
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 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 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
89% Meet John Doe
  • D.B. Norton
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
94% 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 Let Freedom Ring
  • Jim Wade
1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty
  • Actor
1939
91% 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
90% Come and Get It
  • Barney Glasgow
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 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
90% I'm No Angel
  • Big Bill Barton
1933
No Score Yet The Barbarian
  • Achmed
1933
No Score Yet Rasputin and the Empress
  • Doctor
1933
No Score Yet Roman Scandals
  • Emperor Valerius
1933
100% I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
  • Lawyer
1932
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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