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Also Known As: Died: March 1, 1988
Born: August 12, 1907 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St Louis, Missouri, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Raised in St. Louis, Missouri
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As a teenager, decided to become a magician
1920:
At age 13, stowed away on train carrying his idol magician Howard Thurston; joined Thurston's act as a magician's assistant
1923:
Became magician's assistant to Madame Herrmann
1923:
Worked in various capacities in vaudeville
1928:
Went solo as a comedian
1930:
Toured vaudeville partnered with Dick Dana
1932:
Featured on Broadway in "The Passing Show of 1932"; also in cast were Ted Healy, Shemp Howard. Moe Howard and Larry Fine
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Appeared as an exasperated child in Olsen and Johnson's stage show "Sons of Fun"
1938:
Teamed with singer Lee Royce
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Signed by Columbia Pictures
1938:
Film debut in the short "Cuckoorancho"
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Performed bit roles in more than 40 motion pictures
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Had featured spots on radio shows including "The Jack Benny Show", "The Fred Allen Show" and "Tonight on Broadway"
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Played Mr. Know It All on the radio show "Let Yourself Go", starring Milton Berle
1946:
Made appearance on "Hour Glass", one of the first live hour-long entertainment series produced for a TV network (NBC)
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Became regular on first TV series, "The Ken Murray Show"
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Played Stinky on "The Abbott and Costello Show"
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Member of The Three Stooges, performing in final 16 two-reel shorts for Columbia
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Played Mr. Jillson on the ABC sitcom "The Joey Bishop Show"
1969:
Made TV movie debut, "The Monk" (ABC)
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Did voices for Hanna-Barbera cartoons, including Puddy Puss, Babu, and Scarebear

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