Ned Sparks

Highest Rated: 100% Imitation of Life (1934)
Lowest Rated: 50% Magic Town (1947)
Birthday: Nov 19, 1883
Birthplace: Not Available
One of the most imitated comic actors in Hollywood history, stone-faced Ned Sparks began his career as a boy singer during the 1898 Klondike gold rush. After "gold fever" subsided, Sparks knocked around in tent theatricals, medicine shows, and carnivals, then tried his luck in New York. By the mid-teens, Sparks was firmly established as one of Broadway's premiere comedy actors. He was one of the leaders of the 1918 actor's strike, which led to the formation of Actors Equity, and shortly afterward made his first film appearance. Sparks' most rewarding film work came during the talkie era, when his sourpuss countenance and inimitable nasal bray was seen and heard in picture after picture. So well-established was Sparks as a dour doomsayer that he allegedly was heavily insured by Lloyds of London against the possibility of his ever being photographed with a smile on his face. Ned Sparks retired from films in 1947, at which point he apparently cut off virtually all contact with his friends and associates; when he died ten years later, only seven people attended his funeral.

Highest Rated Movies



50% Magic Town Ike Sloan 1947
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen Stage Door Canteen Star 1943
No Score Yet The Star Maker Speed King 1939
No Score Yet Hawaii Calls Strings 1938
No Score Yet This Way Please Inky Wells 1937
No Score Yet The Bride Walks Out Paul Dodson 1936
No Score Yet One in a Million Danny Simpson 1936
No Score Yet George White's 1935 Scandals Elmer White 1935
No Score Yet Sweet Adeline Dan Herzig 1935
100% Imitation of Life Elmer 1934
No Score Yet Servants' Entrance Hjalmar Gnu 1934
No Score Yet Down to Their Last Yacht Captain 'Sunny Jim' Roberts 1934
No Score Yet Sing and Like It Toots McGuire 1934
No Score Yet Hi, Nellie! Shammy McClure 1934
No Score Yet Marie Galante Plosser 1934
60% Alice in Wonderland Caterpillar 1933
100% Lady for a Day Happy 1933
100% Gold Diggers of 1933 Barney 1933
96% 42nd Street Thomas Barry 1933
No Score Yet Secrets `Sunshine' 1933
No Score Yet Big Dame Hunting Actor 1932
No Score Yet Blessed Event Moxley 1932
No Score Yet Kept Husbands Hughie 1931
No Score Yet Iron Man Riley 1931
No Score Yet Corsair Slim 1931
No Score Yet The Fall Guy Dan Walsh 1930
No Score Yet The Devil's Holiday Charlie Thorne 1930
No Score Yet Conspiracy Winthrop 'Little Nemo' Clavering 1930
No Score Yet Street Girl Happy Winter 1929
No Score Yet Nothing But the Truth Clarence van Dyke 1929
No Score Yet The Canary Murder Case Tony Skeel 1929
No Score Yet Going Hollywood Bert Conroy 1923


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