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Edward Ellis (I) (1870–1952)

Character actor in films, often portraying strident types, he is best remembered cast as "The Thin Man" (actually, "Wynant") of the hit 1934 MGM film. He Ellis was active on Broadway as an actor, producer and playwright from 1905-32 (see "Other Works"). He died in Beverly Hills, CA at age 81 in 1952. See full bio »

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 1942 The Omaha Trail
Mr. Vane
 1941 Steel Against the Sky
Pop Evans
 1941 A Man Betrayed
Tom Cameron
 1939 Career
Stephen Cruthers
 1938 Little Miss Broadway
Pop Shea
 1937 Midnight Madonna
Judge Clark
 1937 The Man in Blue
Martin Dunne
 1937 Let Them Live
Pete Lindsey
 1937 Maid of Salem
Elder Goode
 1936 Winterset
Judge Gaunt
 1936 Fury
 1936 The Lady Consents
Jim Talbot
 1936 Chatterbox
Uriah Lowell
 1935 Wanderer of the Wasteland
 1935 Village Tale
Old Ike
 1935 Transient Lady
Nick Kiley
 1934 The President Vanishes
Lincoln Lee
 1934 The Thin Man
Clyde Wynant
 1934 The Last Gentleman
Claude, Cabot's butler
 1934 The Trumpet Blows
 1934 The Ninth Guest
Tim Cronin
 1934 Hi, Nellie!
 1933 From Headquarters
Dr. Van de Water
 1933 After Tonight
Maj. Lieber
 1933 Strictly Personal
Soapy Gibson
 1933 Girl Missing
 1932 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Bomber Wells
 1921 Frontier of the Stars
 1919 Out Yonder
Joey Clark
 1919 The Delicious Little Devil
Detective (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1917 The Great Bradley Mystery
 1917 The Law That Failed
Luke Rodin
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Other Works:

Stage Play: A Pair of White Gloves. Written by Andre De Lorde and Pierre Chaine. Princess Theatre: 27 Sep 1913- unknown/unknown performances/played in repertory with Hari-Kari, The Neglected Lady, The Hard Man). Cast: Master Alverez, Wayne Arey, Ruth Benson, Holbrook Blinn, Nellie Boland, Nan Campbell, Edward Ellis, Vera Finlay, Willette ... See more »

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It was this man, not William Powell, as is so widely assumed, who played the title role in MGM's 1934 screen adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man (1934) (Powell portrayed the character Nick Charles a private eye hired to investigate possible foul play in the disappearance of the wealthy industrialist played by Ellis.) See more »

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