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Ned Sparks

Highest Rated:   100% Imitation of Life (1934)
Lowest Rated:   50% Magic Town (1947)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland
  • Caterpillar
1933
100% Lady for a Day
  • Happy
1933
100% Gold Diggers of 1933
  • Barney
1933
95% 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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