Eddie Bracken

Actor, Voice actor, Theatrical producer
Diminutive former vaudevillian whose screen humor was of the fast, physical and furious kind. Beginning his career with Paramount in 1940, Bracken was at his hilariously frenzied, bumbling, stuttering best in two ... Read more »
Born: 02/07/1915 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (35)

Ed 1984 - 1985, 1990 - 1991, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eddie Albert: A Passion For Life 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Mitzi Gaynor: Hollywood's Cockeyed Optimist 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Remember WENN 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mickey Rooney: Hollywood's Little Giant 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Assault at West Point 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby's Day Out 1994 (Movie)

Old Timer (Actor)

Winnetka Road 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Rookie of the Year 1993 (Movie)

Bob Carson (Actor)

Stars and Stripes: Hollywood and World War II 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Empty Nest 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oscar 1991 (Movie)

Five Spot Charlie (Actor)

Show Boat 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wind in the Willows 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Voice

National Lampoon's Vacation 1983 (Movie)

Roy Walley (Actor)

The Haunted Trailer 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Shinbone Alley 1970 (Movie)

(Voice)

I've Got a Secret 1951 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Gulf Playhouse 1952 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

We're Not Married 1952 (Movie)

Willie Fisher (Actor)

Two Tickets to Broadway 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Girl From Jones Beach 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

Duffy's Tavern 1945 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bring on the Girls 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hail the Conquering Hero 1943 (Movie)

Woodrow Truesmith (Actor)

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek 1943 (Movie)

Norval Jones (Actor)

Star Spangled Rhythm 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

Caught in the Draft 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)

Too Many Girls 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Cosby Mysteries (TV Show)

Actor

The Ryan Interview (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Our Miss Brooks 1952 - 1956 (TV Show)

Creator

Biography

Diminutive former vaudevillian whose screen humor was of the fast, physical and furious kind. Beginning his career with Paramount in 1940, Bracken was at his hilariously frenzied, bumbling, stuttering best in two Preston Sturges films: "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" and "Hail The Conquering Hero" (both 1944). One critic at the time described the typical Bracken role as "the long-suffering, plaintive type who muddles through difficult situations, never knowing quite how he escapes with a whole skin." He briefly achieved star status in these and several other comedies and musicals at Paramount, but his nervous hayseed persona was too narrowly defined to sustain stardom and he was again playing comic second leads by the end of the decade. Bracken's film career petered out in the mid-1950s, but he kept busy into the 60s with TV work on game shows and live comedy, drama, and musical specials.

Relationships

Joseph L Bracken

Father

Catherine Bracken

Mother

Carolyn Bracken

Daughter

Judy Bracken Gordon

Daughter

Susan Bracken

Daughter

David Bracken

Son

Michael Bracken

Son

Constance Nickerson

Wife
married on September 25, 1939 married 62 years she died in August 2002

EDUCATION

Professional Children's School

New York , New York

Milestones

2001

Appeared in the Paper Mill Playhouse staging of "Carousel"

2000

Starred in the PBS adaptation of Arthur Miller's play "The Ryan Interview"

2000

Memorably guest-starred as Stuckeyville Stan on an episode of the NBC series "Ed"

1997

Made guest appearance on the nostalgia-tinged AMC series "Remember WENN"

1994

Played Father Burke on the NBC primetime drama series, "Winnetka Road"

1994

Last film role to date, a small part in "Baby's Day Out"

1992

Had title role in the Paper Mill Playhouse staging of "The Wizard of Oz"

1991

Returned to films in "Oscar"

1990

Had recurring role on the NBC sitcom "The Golden Girls"

1989

Played Cap'n Andy Hawkes on the PBS "Great Performances" presentation of the landmark stage musical, "Show Boat"

1983

Returned to feature films to appear in a supporting role in "National Lampoon's Vacation"

1970

Supplied one of the voices for the animated musical comedy, "Shinbone Alley"

1969

Became co-owner of the Staircase Theatre

1966

Played Felix Ungar in the Broadway version of "The Odd Couple"

1961

Last onscreen role in films for over two decades, the Italian-produced "Una Domenica d'Estate"

1960

Debut as theatrical producer with "Beg, Borrow or Steal"; also acted in play

1957

Hosted the TV game show "Masquerade Party" for one season

1955

Was a panelist on the NBC game show, "Make the Connection"

1953

Last film for almost a decade, "A Slight Case of Larceny"

1953

Began touring in the stage play "The Seven Year Itch"; appeared on Broadway in the lead in 1955 and continued touring on and off throughout the rest of the 1950s

1952

Supplied a voice for the syndicated children's cartoon show, "Willie Wonderful"

1947

Last film for Paramount, "Ladies' Man"

1943

Co-starred in two Preston Sturges-directed features, "Hail the Conquering Hero" and "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek"

1940

Feature film acting debut, "Too Many Girls"

1937

Had supporting role in the stage version of "Brother Rat"

1935

Co-starred in the NYC production of "So Proudly We Hail"

1931

Broadway debut in "The Man on Stilts"

1930

Made stage acting debut in the play "Lottery"

Began vaudeville career as a child performer

Played first leading roles in films in "Sweater Girl" (1942) and "Young and Willing" (1943)

Toured in "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running"

Toured Australia in the vaudeville-inspired "Sugar Babies"

Signed by Paramount

Played Horace Vandergelder to Carol Channing's Dolly Levi in the touring revival of "Hello, Dolly!"; played Broadway in 1978 and London in 1979

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources list 1926 as the year of Mr. Bracken's birth.

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Bracken earned two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for his radio series, "The Eddie Bracken Show," and the other for his work on television, including appearances on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Rawhide" and "Murder She Wrote."

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