Edward Arnold

Actor, Newsboy, Errand boy
Prolific, popular character player who began his career on the stage and, between 1915 and 1919, starred in numerous westerns for Essanay Studio. The portly, distinguished-looking actor returned to films in the sound ... Read more »
Born: 02/17/1890 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (62)

The Ambassador's Daughter 1956 (Movie)

Ambassador Fiske (Actor)

Living It Up 1954 (Movie)

The Mayor (Actor)

City That Never Sleeps 1953 (Movie)

Penrod Biddel (Actor)

Command Decision 1949 (Movie)

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Command Decision 1949 (Movie)

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John Loves Mary 1949 (Movie)

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Janie 1944 (Movie)

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Mrs. Parkington 1944 (Movie)

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The War Against Mrs. Hadley 1941 (Movie)

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Nothing But the Truth 1940 (Movie)

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The Devil and Daniel Webster 1940 (Movie)

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The Lady From Cheyenne 1940 (Movie)

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 (Movie)

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You Can't Take It With You 1938 (Movie)

Anthony P Kirby (Actor)

Come and Get It 1936 (Movie)

Barney Glasgow (Actor)

Easy Living 1936 (Movie)

J B Ball (Actor)

Hide-Out 1933 (Movie)

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I'm No Angel 1932 (Movie)

Big Bill Barton (Actor)

Annie Get Your Gun (Movie)

Pawnee Bill (Actor)

Belles on Their Toes (Movie)

Sam Harper (Actor)

Big Jack (Movie)

Mayor Mahoney (Actor)

Cardinal Richelieu (Movie)

Louis XIII (Actor)

Crime and Punishment (Movie)

Inspector Porfiry (Actor)

Design for Scandal (Movie)

Judson M. Blair (Actor)

Diamond Jim (Movie)

Diamond Jim Brady (Actor)

Eyes in the Night (Movie)

Capt. Duncan Maclain (Actor)

Her Bodyguard (Movie)

Orson Bitzer (Actor)

Idiot's Delight (Movie)

Achille Weber (Actor)

Janie Gets Married (Movie)

Charles Conway (Actor)

Johnny Apollo (Movie)

Robert Cain, Sr. (Actor)

Johnny Eager (Movie)

John Benson Farrell (Actor)

Kismet (Movie)

Mansur, the Grand Vizier (Actor)

Let Freedom Ring (Movie)

Jim Knox (Actor)

Lillian Russell (Movie)

Diamond Jim Brady (Actor)

Madame Spy (Movie)

Schultz (Actor)

Meet John Doe (Movie)

D.B. Norton (Actor)

Million Dollar Ransom (Movie)

Vincent Shelton (Actor)

My Brother Talks to Horses (Movie)

Mr. Bledsoe (Actor)

Rasputin and the Empress (Movie)

Dr. Remezov (Actor)

Remember Last Night (Movie)

Danny Harrison (Actor)

Roman Scandals (Movie)

Emperor Valerius (Actor)

Sadie McKee (Movie)

Jack Brennon (Actor)

Slightly Honorable (Movie)

Vincent Cushing (Actor)

Standing Room Only (Movie)

T.J. Todd (Actor)

Sutter's Gold (Movie)

John Sutter (Actor)

Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Movie)

Joe Lorgan (Actor)

The Barbarian (Movie)

Achmed (Actor)

The Big City (Movie)

Judge Martin O. Abercrombie (Actor)

The Crowd Roars (Movie)

Jim Cain (Actor)

The Earl of Chicago (Movie)

Doc Ramsey (Actor)

The Glass Key (Movie)

Paul Madvig (Actor)

The Hucksters (Movie)

Dave Lash (Actor)

The Toast of New York (Movie)

Jim Fisk (Actor)

The White Sister (Movie)

Monsignor Saracinesca (Actor)

The Youngest Profession (Movie)

Mr. Lawrence Lyons (Actor)

Thirty-Day Princess (Movie)

Richard Gresham (Actor)

Three Daring Daughters (Movie)

Robert Nelson (Actor)

Unholy Partners (Movie)

Merrill Lambert (Actor)

Unknown Blonde (Movie)

Frank Rodie (Actor)

Weekend at the Waldorf (Movie)

Martin X. Edley (Actor)

Whistling in the Dark (Movie)

Jake Dillon (Actor)

Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

Lawyer (Actor)

Biography

Prolific, popular character player who began his career on the stage and, between 1915 and 1919, starred in numerous westerns for Essanay Studio. The portly, distinguished-looking actor returned to films in the sound era, first in crime melodramas, then as a priest in "The White Sister" and a sheik in "The Barbarian" (both 1933) before finding his special niche portraying all kinds of tycoons: as an alcoholic millionaire ("Sadie McKee" 1934), a lumber tycoon ("Come and Get It" 1936) and a sinister munitions king ("Idiot's Delight" 1939). Despite being middle-aged and heavy-set, Arnold played leading roles for a number of years from the mid-1930s through the early 40s, even after being named on the infamous 1937 exhibitors list of stars who were considered "box-office poison". (Arnold was in excellent company with Katharine Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Fred Astaire, Joan Crawford and others who enjoyed lengthy careers.)<p>With his cool stare and facile, jovial laugh, Arnold also excelled at playing public officials and corrupt politicians ("Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" 1939) as well as biographical personages (Louis XIII in "Cardinal Richelieu" 1935, Diamond Jim Brady in "Diamond Jim" 1935 and again in "Lillian Russell" 1940, and an especially delightful Daniel Webster in "All That Money Can Buy" 1941). He even rose to the rank of President of the United States on the radio series, "Mr. President".

Relationships

Cleo Arnold

Wife
Married 1951 until his death 1956

Olive Emerson

Wife

Harriet Marshall

Wife

Carl Schneider

Father
German immigrant died when Arnold was 14

Elizabeth Schneider

Mother
German immigrant died when Arnold was 11

Milestones

1956

Last films, "The Houston Story", "Miami Expose", "The Ambassador's Daughter"

1932

First sound film, "Okay America"

1927

Appeared in "Sunrise", directed by F.W. Murnau

1925

Returned to Broadway in "Easy Come, Easy Go"

1915

Film debut, "When the Man Speaks"

1905

Professional stage debut as a bit player with Ben Greet Players in Trenton, New Jersey; changed name to Edward Arnold

Quit school at age ten to work as newsboy, errand boy, bellhop and boiler attendant at Columbia University; orphaned at age 14

Co-founded "I Am An American" Foundation

Amateur theatrical debut as Lorenzo in "Merchant of Venice" at age 12 in an East Side settlement house production

Hired by Essanay Studio in Chicago to replace Francis X. Bushman as a Western hero; starred in over 40 two-reelers; worked as extra with Old World Film Company in New Jersey

Joined Maxine Elliott's acting company as juvenile lead and assistant stage manager

Became a leader in the sale of war bonds during WWII and in the establishment of USO camp shows for the armed forces

Bonus Trivia

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Arnold linked his success to his size: "The bigger I got, the better character roles I received".

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"It was announced in 1950 that he would run for Republican Senator from California, but it was too early in the 1950s for an actor to be taken very seriously in the political arena". --(The MGM Stock Company)

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