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Ed Wynn

Ed Wynn

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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
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Returned home when repertory company went bankrupt; sold hats
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Moved to New York at age 16
1903:
Began vaudeville career
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Teamed with Jack Lewis as Win and Lose for two years
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Became successful solo vaudeville comic before age 18
1910:
Broadway debut in short-lived musical, "The Deacon and the Lady"
1914:
Made stage debut in "Ziegfeld Follies of 1914"
1919:
Joined actor's strike, subsequently boycotted by Shuberts
1920:
Wrote and produced own shows beginning with Broadway musical revue, "Ed Wynn's Carnival"
1922:
Made first broadcast of a full-length comedy show to a radio audience
1927:
Film debut, "Rubber Heels"
1930:
First sound film, "Follow the Leader"
1932:
Starred in his first radio series, "The Fire Chief"
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Suffered nervous breakdown; retired briefly; had a highly publicized income tax settlement for $510,000 with government during 1930s
1940:
Returned to Broadway in "Boys and Girls Together"
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Hosted independent variety show on TV, "The Ed Wynn Show"
1957:
Played first straight dramatic film role in "The Great Man" (filmed 1956, released 1957)
1956:
Played dramatic role in Rod Serling's teleplay, "Requiem for a Heavyweight" on "Playhouse 90"
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Starred on TV in own situation comedy, "The Ed Wynn Show"
1964:
Had featured role in the Disney film "Mary Poppins"

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