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Ed Wynn (1886–1966)


Long-time star comedian in vaudeville who, at the urging of his actor son, Keenan Wynn, would late in life take up acting, both light and serious. He is especially remembered for his role in the Playhouse 90 (1956) television drama "Requiem for a Heavyweight" and in the film Mary Poppins (1964). See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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 1967 The Gnome-Mobile
Rufus
 1967 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Professor Hubert Abernathy
- You're Only Young Twice (1967) ... Professor Hubert Abernathy
 1966 The Daydreamer
The Emperor (voice)
 1961-1966 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Muggsy / Colonel Jungle-Rot Freeloader / Guest Host / ...
- Half a Loafer Is Better Than None (1966) ... Colonel Jungle-Rot Freeloader
- The Red Skelton Scrapbook (1965) ... Guest Host
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Harem (1964) ... Potentate Kishmir
- Once Upon a Turkey (1961) ... Muggsy
- Freddie and the Baby (1961) ... Muggsy
 1965 Bonanza (TV Series)
Professor Phineas T. Klump
- The Ponderosa Birdman (1965) ... Professor Phineas T. Klump
 1965 Dear Brigitte
The Captain
 1964 Slattery's People (TV Series)
Ezra Tallicott
- Question: What Ever Happened to Ezra? (1964) ... Ezra Tallicott
 1964 The Patsy
Ed Wynn
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Zachary Belden
- Who Killed Avery Lord? (1964) ... Zachary Belden
 1959-1963 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Sam Forstmann / Lou Bookman
- Ninety Years Without Slumbering (1963) ... Sam Forstmann
- One for the Angels (1959) ... Lou Bookman
 1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Feigenstein
- 5: Part 1 (1963) ... Feigenstein
 1963 Son of Flubber
A.J. Allen
 1959-1962 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Max Grossblatt / Professor Franz
- Ten Days in the Sun (1962) ... Max Grossblatt
- Miracle at the Opera (1959) ... Professor Franz
 1961 Rawhide (TV Series)
Bateman
- Twenty-Five Santa Clauses (1961) ... Bateman
 1961 The Absent-Minded Professor
Fire Chief
 1960 Startime (TV Series)
Amos Benedict
- The Greatest Man Alive (1960) ... Amos Benedict
 1959 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Cappy Darrin
- The Cappy Darrin Story (1959) ... Cappy Darrin
 1959 Meet Me in St. Louis (TV Movie)
Grandpa
 1958 The Ed Wynn Show (TV Series)
John Beamer
- Nature Knows Best (1958) ... John Beamer
- Pilot (1958) ... John Beamer
 1958 Marjorie Morningstar
Uncle Samson
 1954-1958 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
- Episode #4.4 (1958)
 1957 On Borrowed Time (TV Movie)
'Gramps' Northrup
 1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Billy Bishop
- Protege (1957) ... Billy Bishop
 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
John Hodges
- The Great American Hoax (1957) ... John Hodges
 1956 The Great Man
Paul Beaseley
 1956 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Army
 1950 Camel Comedy Caravan (TV Series)
Host
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
Ed Wynn
 1936 Wash Your Step (Short)
Voice of Chief on Radio (voice, uncredited)
 1933 The Chief
Henry Summers aka The Perfect Fool
 1933 Turn Back the Clock
Cigar Store Customer (uncredited)
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Stage Play: The Grab Bag. Musical revue. Music by Ed Wynn. Book by Ed Wynn. Lyrics by Ed Wynn. Musical Director: Max Steiner. Additional lyrics by Harry Pease, Edward G. Nelson, Cliff Friend, Ned Wever, Alfred Nathan, Mel Stitzel and Art Kassel. Additional music by Harry Pease, Edward G. Nelson, Ned Wever, Alfred Nathan, Mel Stitzel, Art ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 6 Portrayals | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

I can't give you a definition [of humor]. It is too subtle to be pinned down. I can say that it differs from wit, which exaggerates the truth, while humor presents the truth in an original way. See more »

Trivia:

Eventually he took his middle name of Edwin and adapted it into his stage moniker, "Ed Wynn," in order to save his European immigrant parents the embarrassment of having a low-style burlesque comedian as a relative. Running away from home at age 15, he first worked as a utility boy and eventual actor for a traveling stage company. The adventure was short-lived and he returned home to sell women's... See more »

Trademark:

Unique whimsical voice See more »

Nickname:

The Perfect Fool

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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