Ed Wynn (1886–1966)


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An old-fashioned comedian, who, by recommendation by his son Keenan Wynn, became one of the world's most beloved clowns, and one of the best actors of his time. He was born on November 9, 1886. He performed in the Ziegfeld Follies, and later had a son Keenan in 1916. He later wrote his own shows, then known as the Perfect Fool. In 1941 at age 54, ... See full bio »

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Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter
(1951)
Mary Poppins Uncle Albert
(1964)
Babes in Toyland Toymaker
(1961)
The Diary of Anne Frank Mr. Albert Dussell
(1959)

Filmography

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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)
 1965 That Darn Cat!
Mr. A. Hofstedder
 1955-1965 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Muggsy / Guest Host / Potentate Kishmir / ...
- 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
- Cinderfella (1955) ... Fairy Godfather
 1965 Bonanza (TV Series)
Professor Phineas T. Klump
- The Ponderosa Birdman (1965) ... Professor Phineas T. Klump
 1965 Those Calloways
Ed Parker
 1965 Dear Brigitte
The Captain
 1964 The Haunted House (TV Movie)
Hobo
 1964 Slattery's People (TV Series)
Ezra Tallicott
- Question: What Ever Happened to Ezra? (1964) ... Ezra Tallicott
 1964 Mary Poppins
Uncle Albert
 1964 The Patsy
Ed Wynn
 1964 For the Love of Willadean (TV Movie)
Alfred
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Zachary Belden
- Who Killed Avery Lord? (1964) ... Zachary Belden
 1959-1963 The 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 Babes in Toyland
Toymaker
 1961 The Absent Minded Professor
Fire Chief
 1960 Cinderfella
Fairy Godfather
 1960 Startime (TV Series)
Amos Benedict
- The Greatest Man Alive (1960) ... Amos Benedict
 1959 Peabody's Improbable History (TV Series)
Frantic Man
- King Arthur (1959) ... Frantic Man (voice)
 1959 Miracle on 34th Street (TV Movie)
Kris Kringle
 1959 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Cappy Darrin
- The Cappy Darrin Story (1959) ... Cappy Darrin
 1959 Meet Me in St. Louis (TV Movie)
Grandpa
 1959 The Diary of Anne Frank
Mr. Albert Dussell
 1958-1959 The Ed Wynn Show (TV Series)
John Beamer
- New York Adventure (1959) ... John Beamer
- Midge's Award (1958) ... John Beamer
- Exchange Professor (1958) ... John Beamer
- New Boy in Town (1958) ... John Beamer
- Aunt Lydia Comes to Town (1958) ... John Beamer
 1958 Marjorie Morningstar
Uncle Samson
 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
- Requiem for a Heavyweight (1956) ... Army
 1951 Alice in Wonderland
Mad Hatter (voice)
 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
 1930 Follow the Leader
Crickets
 1927 Rubber Heels
Homer Thrush
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Ed Wynn's Carnival. Musical revue. Music by Ed Wynn. Book by Ed Wynn. Lyrics by Ed Wynn. Musical Director: Antonio Bafunno. Music orchestrated by Stephen Jones and Frank Saddler. Featuring songs by Alfred Bryan, Alex Sullivan, Walter Donaldson, William Eckstein, Chris Smith, Lou Handman, Ray Miller, Raymond Klages, Billy ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 7 Portrayals | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

6' (1.83 m)

Spouse:

Dorothy Elizabeth Nesbitt  (divorced) | See more »

Children:

Keenan Wynn

Relatives:

Tracy Keenan Wynn (grandchild) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on performing in radio] If I go on the air I've got to have an audience. If I am to get 'raspberries' I want them immediately and not three weeks later, in the mail from Sioux City. See more »

Trivia:

Organized an actors' strike in 1919, and was boycotted by the Shuberts as a result. He got around the boycott by writing and producing his own musical shows, which were both critical and popular successes. See more »

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Nickname:

The Perfect Fool

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