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Also Known As: Francis Xavier Aloysius James Jeremiah Keenan Wynn Died: October 14, 1986
Born: July 27, 1916 Cause of Death: pancreatic cancer
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Veteran character player from the stage, a prolific staple at MGM in the 1940s and 50s, mostly as pals to the male stars of the films in which he appeared, and later memorable as the absurdly earnest Army man who gives Peter Sellers a scare at the telephone booth in "Dr. Strangelove" (1963). Son of vaudevillian-turned-character-actor Ed Wynn ("The Diary of Anne Frank" 1959, "Mary Poppins" 1964, etc.) and father of Tracy Keenan Wynn (b. 1945), who wrote several films in the mid-1970s ("The Longest Yard" 1974, etc.).

Veteran character player from the stage, a prolific staple at MGM in the 1940s and 50s, mostly as pals to the male stars of the films in which he appeared, and later memorable as the absurdly earnest Army man who gives Peter Sellers a scare at the telephone booth in "Dr. Strangelove" (1963). Son of vaudevillian-turned-character-actor Ed Wynn ("The Diary of Anne Frank" 1959, "Mary Poppins" 1964, etc.) and father of Tracy Keenan Wynn (b. 1945), who wrote several films in the mid-1970s ("The Longest Yard" 1974, etc.).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hyper Sapien: People From Another Star (1986) Jasper Mcalpin
2.
 Last Precinct, The (1986) Butch
3.
 Black Moon Rising (1986) Iron John
4.
 Mirrors (1985) Reverend Dahlstrom
5.
 Prime Risk (1985) Dr Lasser
6.
 Code of Vengeance (1985) Willis
7.
 Hysterical (1983) Motel Proprietor
8.
 Return of the Man From U.N.C.L.E., The (1983) Piers Castillian
9.
 Wavelength (1983) Dan
10.
 Last Unicorn, The (1982) Voice Of Captain Cully
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Milestones close milestones

1935:
Stage debut in support of Claude Rains in "They Shall Not Die"
1942:
Screen acting debut in "For Me and My Gal"

Education

St John's Military Academy: -

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Eve Abbott. Married on May 11, 1939; divorced in 1947; married Van Johnson soon after; renowned Hollywood hostess in the 1940s.
wife:
Betty Jane Butler. Married in 1949; divorced in 1953.
wife:
Sharley Hudson. Married in 1954.

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grandfather:
Frank Keenan. Actor, director, producer. Had been a stage star and rival of Edwin Booth before working in silent films as an actor, director and producer; died in 1929.
father:
Isaiah Edwin Leopold. Actor, vaudevillian. Born on November 9, 1886; Jewish; married Hilda Keenan in 1914 and divorced from her in 1937; subsequently was married and divorced twice; died on June 19, 1966.
mother:
Hilda Keenan. Actor. Daughter of actor Frank Keenan; raised Roman Catholic; married Ed Wynn in 1914; divorced Wynn in 1937; died in 1940.
son:
Ned Wynn. Screenwriter, actor, producer. Born c. 1941; worked in film-connected jobs (as extra, in summer stock) during the 1960s and 70s; appeared in several films with his father; wrote memoir "We Will Always Live in Beverly Hills" (1990).
son:
Tracy Keenan Wynn. Screenwriter. Born on February 24, 1945; named Tracy in honor of Wynn's friend Spencer Tracy; shared Emmy for 1970s script "Tribes".
daughter:
Hilda Keenan Wynn. Born January 15, 1955; married to singer-songwriter Paul Williams in 1993.
daughter:
Edwyna Keenan Wynn. Born on February 26, 1957.
daughter:
Emily Keenan Wynn. Born on February 2, 1960; died in 1980 from complications from lupus.
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"Ed Wynn's Son"

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