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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 18 February 1890New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 26 April 1956Encino, California, USA  (cerebral hemorrhage)
Birth NameGunther Edward Arnold Schneider
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born Gunther Schneider in New York City in 1890, Edward Arnold began his acting career on the New York stage and became a film actor in 1916. A burly man with a commanding style and superb baritone voice, he was a popular screen personality for decades, and was the star of such film classics as Diamond Jim (1935) (a role he reprised in Lillian Russell (1940)) Arnold appeared in over 150 films and was President of The Screen Actors Guild shortly before his death in 1956.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom McDonough <com221@webtv.net>

Spouse (3)

Cleo Arnold (7 October 1951 - 26 April 1956) (his death)
Olive Emerson (15 January 1929 - 21 March 1949) (divorced)
Harriet Marshall (1917 - 1927) (divorced) (children: Elizabeth, Jane, William.)

Trivia (13)

Screen, stage, and television actor.
Father of actor Edward Arnold Jr.
Entered films in 1915 with Essanay.
Interred at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, California, USA, Section D, Lot 132, Grave 9.
(1940-1942) President of Screen Actors Guild (SAG).
Was an MC on the radio program called "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" starring Nelson Eddy, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, in 1938.
One of the first actors to seriously consider running for public office, Arnold ran for Los Angeles City Alderman in the mid-1940s. He lost, in a close election, and expressed his views afterward that entertainment and politics were incompatible. Of course, he has been proven wrong numerous times since then.
Arnold actually played both the Devil and Daniel Webster in succeeding years, playing Webster in The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) and the Devil in the WWII propaganda short Inflation (1942) the following year. The latter film, incidentally, also marked the film debut of Esther Williams.
Portrayed a different president each week on ABC Radio's "Mr. President" (1947-1953).
A lifelong conservative Republican and staunch anti-Communist, he was nonetheless an early and ardent opponent of the studio blacklisting of suspected Communists.
The son of German immigrants, he worked as a butcher's assistant, bellhop and stoker before first acting on stage in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the age of seventeen. He appeared in films with Essanay from 1915. Arnold was a star character actor during the 1930's and 40's, with MGM (1933-34, 1941-50), Paramount (1937) and Universal (1939-41), specialising in roles as corrupt politicians and blustering tycoons.
In 1916 after a year with Essanay Studios, "Moving Picture World" hailed him as promising "to be one of the most popular leading men on the screen.".
He played Diamond Jim Brady in both Diamond Jim (1935) and Lillian Russell (1940).

Salary (1)

Okay, America! (1932) $900

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