Edgar Kennedy

Actor, Director, Vaudevillian
Prolific screen comedian Edgar Kennedy's trademark was the "slow burn," an expression of complete and utter frustration expressed through his furrowed brows and a meaty hand passed across his face, which he perfected ... Read more »
Born: 04/26/1890 in Monterey, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (52)

Unfaithfully Yours 1948 (Movie)

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Anchors Aweigh 1945 (Movie)

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It Happened Tomorrow 1944 (Movie)

Inspector Mulrooney (Actor)

In Old California 1941 (Movie)

Kegs McKeever (Actor)

A Star Is Born 1936 (Movie)

Pop Randall (Actor)

$1,000 a Minute 1934 (Movie)

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Twentieth Century 1934 (Movie)

McGonigle (Actor)

The Marines Are Coming 1933 (Movie)

Sgt. Buck Martin (Actor)

Bad Company 1930 (Movie)

Buffington (Actor)

They Had to See Paris 1928 (Movie)

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His People 1924 (Movie)

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Fatty's Tintype Tangle 1914 (Movie)

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Tillie's Punctured Romance 1913 (Movie)

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Air Raid Wardens (Movie)

Joe Bledsoe (Actor)

Blondie in Society (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Carnival Boat (Movie)

Baldy (Actor)

Charlie McCarthy, Detective (Movie)

Inspector Dailey (Actor)

Cosmo Jones, Crime Smasher (Movie)

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Crazy House (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

Diplomaniacs (Movie)

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Double Wedding (Movie)

Spike (Actor)

Dr. Christian Meets the Women (Movie)

George Browning (Actor)

Fatal Lady (Movie)

Rudy (Actor)

Finger Prints (Movie)

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Hold 'em Jail (Movie)

Warden Elmer Jones (Actor)

In Person (Movie)

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It's a Wonderful World (Movie)

Lieutenant Meller (Actor)

Kid Millions (Movie)

Herman (Actor)

King Kelly of the USA (Movie)

Happy (Actor)

Little Orphan Annie (Movie)

Daddy Warbucks (Actor)

Living on Velvet (Movie)

Counterman (Actor)

My Dream Is Yours (Movie)

Uncle Charlie (Actor)

Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus (Movie)

Bailey (Actor)

Professional Sweetheart (Movie)

Kelsey (Actor)

Remedy for Riches (Movie)

George Browning (Actor)

Scarlet River (Movie)

Sam Gilroy (Actor)

Snuffy Smith, Yard Bird (Movie)

Sgt. Cooper (Actor)

Son of the Border (Movie)

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The Better 'Ole (Movie)

Cpl. Quint (Actor)

The Black Doll (Movie)

Sheriff Renick (Actor)

The Bride Comes Home (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

The Cowboy Millionaire (Movie)

Persimmon (Actor)

The Falcon Strikes Back (Movie)

Smiley Dugan (Actor)

The Penguin Pool Murder (Movie)

Donovan (Actor)

The Quarterback (Movie)

"Pops" (Actor)

The Robin Hood of El Dorado (Movie)

Sheriff Judd (Actor)

The Silver Streak (Movie)

O'Brien (Actor)

Three Men on a Horse (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Tillie and Gus (Movie)

Judge Elmer (Actor)

Trent's Last Case (Movie)

Inspector Murch (Actor)

True Confession (Movie)

Darsey (Actor)

When's Your Birthday? (Movie)

Mr. Basscombe (Actor)

Biography

Prolific screen comedian Edgar Kennedy's trademark was the "slow burn," an expression of complete and utter frustration expressed through his furrowed brows and a meaty hand passed across his face, which he perfected over the course of a four-decade career that began in silent pictures and later came to include such classics as "Duck Soup" (1933), "Twentieth Century" (1934), "A Star is Born" (1937) and "Unfaithfully Yours" (1948). Burly and balding, Kennedy played middle-class authority figures whose tenuous grip on maintaining the status quo, whether in their homes or the public, was undone by some of the best comedians in show business - from Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy to the Marx Brothers and Wheeler and Woolsey. Most of these turns were supporting and even bit appearances, but Kennedy was also the star of a lengthy series of shorts for RKO in which his Everyman failed to keep the peace in his own house. By the 1940s, Kennedy's ubiquitous presence made him a favorite of film fans and critics alike, who delighted in seeing his slow burn exercised to perfection, even if only for a few moments of screen time. At the time of his death in 1948, Kennedy had filmed some 100 features and over 200 shorts, each of which showcased a top comic talent who gave his all to losing his cool.

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