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: 02/18/1890 in New York City, New York, USA


Actor (61)

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)

Congressman Arthur Malcolm (Actor)

John Loves Mary 1949 (Movie)


Janie 1944 (Movie)

Charles Conway (Actor)

Mrs. Parkington 1944 (Movie)

Amory Stilham (Actor)

The War Against Mrs. Hadley 1941 (Movie)


Nothing But the Truth 1940 (Movie)


The Devil and Daniel Webster 1940 (Movie)

Daniel Webster (Actor)

The Lady From Cheyenne 1940 (Movie)


Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 (Movie)

Jim Taylor (Actor)

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)

Det. Lt. 'Mac' MacCarthy (Actor)

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)


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.)


Cleo Arnold

Married 1951 until his death 1956

Olive Emerson


Harriet Marshall


Carl Schneider

German immigrant died when Arnold was 14

Elizabeth Schneider

German immigrant died when Arnold was 11



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


First sound film, "Okay America"


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


Returned to Broadway in "Easy Come, Easy Go"


Film debut, "When the Man Speaks"


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

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

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

Co-founded "I Am An American" Foundation

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

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

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

Bonus Trivia


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