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Ed Wynn (November 9, 1886 - June 19, 1966) was a popular United States entertainer, born Isaiah Edwin Leopold in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wynn ran away from home in his teens and eventually split his middle name to save his family the embarrassment of having a low comedian as a relative. In his teens, he worked as an onstage assistant to W. C. Fields. Fields caught him “mugging,” for the audience during his Pool Room routine and knocked him unconscious with his cue. He became a headliner in vaudeville in the early 1910s, and was a star of the Ziegfeld Follies starting in 1914. He was best known as a comedian, billed as The Perfect Fool (and starring in a musical revue of that name on Broadway in 1921). Wynn also wrote, directed, and produced many shows. He was famous for his silly costumes and props. He always worked "clean," and his shows were suitable for the entire family. November 9 is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 52 days remaining. ... 1886 (MDCCCLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Friday (click on link to calendar) // Events January 18 - Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England. ... June 19 is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 195 days remaining. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... An entertainer is someone who is hired to entertain people. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love Motto: N/A Official website: http://www. ... Vaudeville is a style of multi-act theatre which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s. ... The Ziegfeld Follies were a series of elaborate theatrical productions on Broadway in New York City from 1907 through 1931. ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ...


He hosted a popular radio show for most of the 1930s, heard in North America on Tuesday nights, sponsored by Texaco gasoline. He was often seen wearing a fireman's helmet, as the "Texaco Fire Chief". World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... Texaco was the name of an American oil company that was merged into Chevron Corporation in 2001. ... Gasoline is a petroleum-derived liquid mixture consisting primarily of hydrocarbons, used as fuel in internal combustion engines. ...


Wynn founded his own short-lived radio network, the Amalgamated Broadcasting System, which lasted only five weeks in 1933. A radio network is a network system which distributes radio programming to multiple radio stations. ... The Amalgamated Broadcasting System was a radio network established on September 25, 1933, with the assistance of entertainer Ed Wynn, the popular Fire Chief of the Texaco Star Theater program on NBC and CBS. Wynn had been concerned with the power the already-established networks had over the programming policies...


In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he hosted a television show, and won an Emmy Award in 1949. An Emmy Award. ...


After the end of his television show, Wynn reluctantly began a career as a dramatic actor in television and movies. His son, actor Keenan Wynn, had encouraged him to make the career change rather than retire. The two appeared in the 1957 Playhouse 90 broadcast of Rod Serling's play Requiem for a Heavyweight. Ed was terrified of “straight,” acting and kept goofing his lines in rehearsal. When the producers wanted to fire him, star Jack Palance, said he would quit if they fired old Ed. On live broadcast night, he was almost perfect and skillfully covered his mistakes with adlibs that established him as serious dramatic actor who could easily hold his own with the best. His role in The Diary of Anne Frank won him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor in 1959. Wynn in Warning Shot (1967) Keenan Wynn (27 July 1916 – 14 October 1986) was an American character actor and member of a well-known show-business family. ... Playhouse 90 is the name of a ninety-minute long dramatic television series that ran on CBS from 1956 to 1961. ... Edwin Rodman Rod Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was a screenwriter, most famous for his science fiction TV series, The Twilight Zone. ... Summary Originally a 1956 teleplay by Rod Serling(Twilight Zone creator) written for the live television show Playhouse 90, Requiem for a Heavyweight was turned into a movie with Anthony Quinn in the role originated by Jack Palance. ... The Diary of Anne Frank is a 1959 motion picture based on the diary of Holocaust victim Anne Frank. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


Also in 1959, Wynn appeared on Serling's TV series The Twilight Zone in "One for the Angels". Serling, a longtime admirer, had written that and another episode especially for him. For the rest of his life, Ed skillfully moved between comic and dramatic roles. He appeared in feature films and anthology television and endeared himself to new generations of fans. The Twilight Zone original opening. ... “One for the Angels” is an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone. ...



Wynn also provided the voice of the Mad Hatter in Walt Disney's film, Alice in Wonderland. One of his best-known performances in his later years was as "Uncle Albert" in Mary Poppins. Walter Elias Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966), was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator. ... Alice In Wonderland is the thirteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Mary Poppins is a 1964] feature film based on the Mary Poppins series of childrens books written by P. L. Travers and illustrated by Mary Shepard. ...


Ed Wynn died June 19, 1966 in Beverly Hills, California, of throat cancer. June 19 is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 195 days remaining. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... Beverly Hills is a city in the western part of Los Angeles County, California, almost entirely surrounded by the city of Los Angeles. ...


The distinctive giggly wavering voice which Wynn created for his "Perfect Fool" character remains much imitated, especially by voice actors of animated cartoons. An animated cartoon is a moving picture generated by photographing drawings frame-by-frame, as opposed to a normal movie, which is produced by shooting 24 frames a second of actual moving persons or objects. ...


Quotations

  • "A comedian is not a man who says funny things. A comedian is one who says things funny."

"I love da cock"


"How about that"


"Isn't that something"


Complete work for Broadway

  • The Deacon and the Lady (1910) - musical - actor/performer
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1914 (1914) - revue - actor/performer
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1915 (1915) - revue - actor/performer
  • The Passing Show of 1916 (1916) - revue - actor/performer
  • Sometime (1918) - play - actor
  • Ed Wynn's Carnival (1920) - revue - composer, lyricist, book-writer and performer/actor
  • The All-Star Idlers of 1921 (1921) - revue - actor/performer
  • The Perfect Fool (1921) - revue - composer, lyricist, book-writer, director and actor/performer
  • The Grab Bag (1924) - revue - producer, composer, lyricist, book-writer, and actor/performer
  • Manhattan Mary (1927) - musical - actor in the role of "Crickets"
  • Simple Simon (1930) - musical - co-book-writer and actor
    • Revived in 1931 (was also producer in addition to above roles)
  • The Laugh Parade (1931) - revue - producer, co-book-writer, director, originator and star actor/performer
  • Alice Takat (1936) - play - producer
  • Hooray For What! (1937) - musical - actor in the role of "Chuckles"
  • Boys and Girls Together (1940) - revue - producer, co-book-writer, originator, director, and actor/performer
  • Laugh, Town, Laugh! (1942) - revue - producer, book-writer and director

Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... The Ziegfeld Follies were a series of elaborate theatrical productions on Broadway in New York City from 1907 through 1931. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... The Ziegfeld Follies were a series of elaborate theatrical productions on Broadway in New York City from 1907 through 1931. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Simple Simon was a Broadway musical with book by Guy Bolton, and Ed Wynn, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, music by Richard Rodgers, produced by Florenz Ziegfeld, and starring Ed Wynn. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ...

External links

  • Ed Wynn on Great Character Actors site

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Ed Wynn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (529 words)
Ed Wynn (November 9, 1886 - June 19, 1966) was a popular United States entertainer, born Isaiah Edwin Leopold in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Wynn founded his own short-lived radio network, the Amalgamated Broadcasting System, which lasted only five weeks in 1933.
Ed Wynn died June 19, 1966 in Beverly Hills, California, of throat cancer.
Encyclopedia: Ed Wynn (1767 words)
Wynn in Warning Shot (1967) Keenan Wynn (27 July 1916 – 14 October 1986) was an American character actor and member of a well-known show-business family.
Ed Wynn had his own style, which began in vaudeville and evolved from there into television and movies.
On TV he was a regular on the series: “The Ed Wynn Show” (1949) a Variety series, as Host; “Four Star Revue” (1950-52) a Variety series as Alternate Host and “The Ed Wynn Show” (1958-59) a sitcom, as John Beamer.
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