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|Also Known As:||Edward J. Pawley, Ed Pawley||Died:|
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RCorder91 ( 2008-07-17 )
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During his acting days, Edward J. Pawley was what we now call a "triple threat." He was a star on Broadway in the 1920s and early 1930s, an actor in the movies in the 1930s and early 1940s, and he was a star on radio's very popular "Big Town" drama series in the 1940s and early 1950s. Besides his acting talent, he was a published poet, an animal lover, a radio DJ, and a student of Shakespearean plays. He was married twice....first to his high-school sweetheart, Martina May Martin with whom he fathered his only child, a son named Martin Herbert Pawley. His second wife was the Broadway musical star and actress, Helen Shipman of Pennsylvania. Mr. Pawley had two younger brothers who were also in the theater and in movies. They were William M. Pawley and J. Anthony Pawley. Edward Pawley was the first actor to play the role of "Elmer Gantry". He performed that role in 1928 on Broadway. He is best remembered in the movies for his portrayal of gangster/bad-guy roles. His best-known movie role was as Danny Leggett opposite James Cagney in the classic movie "G-Men." On radio, he played on several radio shows but is best known as "Steve Wilson" in the "Big Town" radio drama series from 1943 to 1951.
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Edward Joel Pawley was born in Kansas City, Missouri on March 16, 1901. He attended Manual training High School where he studied drama and acted in high school plays. Upon graduation, he went to New York City to pursue a career in acting. He married his high school sweetheart, Martina May Martin in 1922 and had a son named Martin Herbert Pawley (b. 1923). They later divorced, and Paweley married the Broadway musical star and actress, Helen Shipman of Pennsylvania. Pawley made it to the Broadway stage in 1923 where he starred in a number of Broadway plays. In 1928, he became the first actor to play the role of "Elmer Gantry." After 11 years in the theater, Pawley went to Hollywood where he acted in over 50 movies, primarily playing gangster/bad-guy roles. His most famous role was oposite James Cagney in the now-classic movie, G-Men. In 1942, Pawley left Hollywood and returned to New York City where he starred in a Broadway play with Gregory Peck titled "The Willow and I". He later auditioned for and won the starring role of "Steve Wilson" on the very popular radio drama series titled "Big Town". He starred in that weekley series from 1943 to 1951 and then retired to the rural village of Amissville, Virginia which is located in Rappahannock County. In retirement, he raised and sold championship goats, wrote poetry, and worked part-time as a radio announcer. He died on January 27, 1988 of heart failure.
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