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|Also Known As:||Died:||June 19, 1966|
|Born:||November 9, 1886||Cause of Death:||cancer of the neck|
|Birth Place:||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Ran away from home and joined the Thurber-Nasher Repertoire Company, traveling stage company as backstage helper and occasional onstage player at age 15
Returned home when repertory company went bankrupt; sold hats
Moved to New York at age 16
Began vaudeville career
Teamed with Jack Lewis as Win and Lose for two years
Became successful solo vaudeville comic before age 18
Broadway debut in short-lived musical, "The Deacon and the Lady"
Made stage debut in "Ziegfeld Follies of 1914"
Joined actor's strike, subsequently boycotted by Shuberts
Wrote and produced own shows beginning with Broadway musical revue, "Ed Wynn's Carnival"
Made first broadcast of a full-length comedy show to a radio audience
Film debut, "Rubber Heels"
First sound film, "Follow the Leader"
Starred in his first radio series, "The Fire Chief"
Suffered nervous breakdown; retired briefly; had a highly publicized income tax settlement for $510,000 with government during 1930s
Returned to Broadway in "Boys and Girls Together"
Hosted independent variety show on TV, "The Ed Wynn Show"
Played first straight dramatic film role in "The Great Man" (filmed 1956, released 1957)
Played dramatic role in Rod Serling's teleplay, "Requiem for a Heavyweight" on "Playhouse 90"
Starred on TV in own situation comedy, "The Ed Wynn Show"
Had featured role in the Disney film "Mary Poppins"
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