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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 4 February 1905New Rochelle, New York, USA
Date of Death 15 July 1983Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (pancreatic cancer)

Mini Bio (1)

With the passing of Irving Foy in 2003, another era in American show business comes to a close. Eddie Foy & the Seven Little Foys appeared on screen together only once, in 1915 in A Favorite Fool (1915), while Eddie Sr., without his progeny, appeared on screen in Actors' Fund Field Day (1910) and Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919).

In the screen biography The Seven Little Foys (1955), Eddie Foy was portrayed by Bob Hope, while Billy Gray (of Father Knows Best (1954) fame) portrayed Bryan Foy (1896-1977), Lee Erickson portrayed Charley Foy (1898-1984), Paul De Rolf portrayed Richard Foy (1905-1947), Lydia Reed portrayed Mary Foy (1901-1987), Linda Bennett portrayed Madeline Foy (1903-1988), Jimmy Baird portrayed Eddie Foy Jr., (1905-1983) & Tommy Duran portrayed Irving Foy (1908-2003).

Bryan became a successful producer at Warner Brothers, the same studio that employed Charley (who narrated The Seven Little Foys (1955) ). as an actor. Mary also appeared in a number of films during the 20s and 30s but it is Eddie Jr. who is best remembered for his screen appearances. But now, the Seven Little Foys only live on in memories.

He appeared as his father in the following: Frontier Marshal (1939) about Wyatt Earp, Lillian Russell (1940) about the vaudeville star, Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) about Broadway showman George M. Cohan & Wilson (1944) about the United States president, Woodrow Wilson. Eddie, Jr. also played his father in the Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963) 1964 television production of The Seven Little Foys (#1.14) with Mickey Rooney as George M. Cohan. He was also a song and dance man in numerous films & stage productions.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: George W Hudson

Spouse (2)

Anna Marie McKenney (6 June 1933 - 24 February 1952) (her death) (1 child)
Barbara Newberry (12 May 1930 - 1932) (divorced)

Trivia (8)

Son of Eddie Foy.
Father of Eddie Foy III.
Brother of Bryan Foy, Charley Foy, Irving Foy , Madeline Foy, Mary Foy and Richard Foy. After the death of their mother, their father incorporated them into his vaudeville act as "The Seven Little Foys." All of the Foy siblings (except Bryan, who directed) can be seen in the Vitaphone short Chips of the Old Block (1928).
Was nominated for Broadway's 1958 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Rumple."
Is portrayed by Jimmy Baird in The Seven Little Foys (1955).
Was scheduled to co-star in the 1971 Kander and Ebb musical "70 Girls 70", but couldn't remember his lines and was replaced during rehearsal.
Upon his death, his remains were interred at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York.
He played his father Eddie Foy in both Lillian Russell (1940) and Wilson (1944).

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