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Also Known As: Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike),Ukulele Ike,Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards Died: July 17, 1971
Born: June 14, 1895 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hannibal, Missouri, USA Profession: Cast ... singer vaudevillian actor
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Cliff Edwards was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Early on in his acting career, Edwards landed roles in various films, including the Conrad Nagel musical comedy "The Hollywood Revue of 1929" (1929), "Marianne" (1929) and "So This Is College" (1929). He also appeared in the musical "Those Three French Girls" (1930) with Fifi D'Orsay, "Lord Byron of Broadway" (1930) and the musical "Montana Moon" (1930) with Joan Crawford. He kept working in film throughout the thirties, starring in "Flying Devils" (1933), "Take a Chance" (1933) and the Rudy Vallee musical "George White's Scandals" (1934). He also appeared in "George White's 1935 Scandals" (1935) with Alice Faye. Film continued to be his passion as he played roles in the Ronald Reagan adaptation "International Squadron" (1941), "Knockout" (1941) and "Power Dive" (1941). He also appeared in the Ellen Drew crime feature "The Monster and the Girl" (1941) and "American Empire" (1942). Edwards's music was most recently featured in the crime drama "Killing Them Softly" (2012) with Brad Pitt. Edwards passed away in July 1971 at the age of 76.

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Most people can recognize his voice just from one or two words. Cliff Edwards introduced the standard "Singin' in the Rain" on screen in The Hollywood Revue of 1929, but he will always be remembered for the voice of Jiminy Cricket in Walt Disney's Pinocchio. He and Jiminy continnued on into the 1950's on the Mickey Mouse Club. He and Jiminy are responsible for teaching many of us to spell encyclopedia "The E-N-C-Y-C-L-O-P-E-D-I-A". He passed away unhappily in 1971.

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