Nelson Eddy

Singer, Actor, Newspaper reporter
Promising opera baritone with a wholesome masculinity and a resounding voice who vaulted to stardom opposite Jeanette MacDonald in a series of enormously popular MGM operettas in the 1930s and early 40s. The duo starred ... Read more »
Born: 06/28/1901 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Filmography

Actor (17)

The Lux Video Theater 1950 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Phantom of the Opera 1942 (Movie)

Anatole Carron (Actor)

Balalaika 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

Maytime 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

Naughty Marietta 1934 (Movie)

Richard Warrington (Actor)

Dancing Lady 1932 (Movie)

(Actor)

I Married an Angel (Movie)

Count Willie Palaffi (Actor)

Knickerbocker Holiday (Movie)

Brom Broeck (Actor)

Let Freedom Ring (Movie)

Steve Logan (Actor)

Make Mine Music (Movie)

Narrator (Voice)

Make Mine Music (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

New Moon (Movie)

Charles, Duc de Villiers (Actor)

Northwest Outpost (Movie)

Capt. James Laurence (Actor)

Rosalie (Movie)

Dick Thorpe (Actor)

Sweethearts (Movie)

Ernest Lane (Actor)

The Chocolate Soldier (Movie)

Karl Lang (Actor)

The Girl of the Golden West (Movie)

Ramerez/Lieutenant Johnson (Actor)
Music (1)

Knickerbocker Holiday (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Biography

Promising opera baritone with a wholesome masculinity and a resounding voice who vaulted to stardom opposite Jeanette MacDonald in a series of enormously popular MGM operettas in the 1930s and early 40s. The duo starred in eight films together, though the first three, "Naughty Marietta" (1935), "Rose Marie" (1936) and "Maytime" (1937), were the team's best. Though his film career is largely linked with MacDonald's, Eddy did enjoy some success opposite Eleanor Powell in the lavish "Rosalie" (1938) and with Rise Stevens in the witty "The Chocolate Soldier" (1941). He also provided several voices for the disappointing, uneven Disney offering, "Make Mine Music" (1946), delightfully performing the title role of the segment, "The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met". After his film career petered out in the late 40s, Eddy returned to occasional concert work and made nightclub appearances.

Relationships

William Eddy

Father
separated from Eddy's mother c. 1915

Isabel Eddy

Mother
separated from Eddy's father c. 1915

Virginia Eddy

Half-Sister
born c. 1926

Ann Franklin

Wife
married in 1939 until his death previously wed to director Sidney Franklin with whom she had one son died on August 28, 1987

Sidney Franklin

Step-Son
survived him

Jeanette MacDonald Actor

Companion
reportedly had an on-again, off-again relationship

EDUCATION

left high school to go to work

Milestones

1947

Last film, "Northwest Outpost", a modestly budgeted musical operetta made at Republic Studios and featuring his "Balalaika" (1939) co-star, Ilona Massey

1946

Provided several voices for the Disney animated feature, "Make Mine Music", most notably for the title character in the delightful episode, "The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met"

1942

Played the romantic lead in Universal's remake of the silent classic, "Phantom of the Opera", with Claude Rains in the title role

1941

Contract dropped by MGM after "I Married an Angel", his last film opposite MacDonald

1938

First starring role sans MacDonald, "Rosalie", co-starring Eleanor Powell

1935

Film acting debut in "Naughty Marietta" (with Jeanette MacDonald); achieved instant star status

1933

First appearance in film as singer in "Broadway to Hollywood" (sang one song)

1928

Gave first concert recital in Philadelphia

1924

Made New York debut at Met when Philadelphia Civic Opera visited there wtih "Pagliacci"

1924

Pro debut as opera singer in "Aida" (Philadelphia Civic Opera)

1922

Won competition to join Philadelphia Civic Opera

1915

After parents' divorce, moved with mother to Philadelphia

Worked as a telephone operator, a classified ad salesman, advertising copywriter

Born and raised in the Rhode Island area

Bonus Trivia

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Eddy was reportedly a descendant of US President Martin Van Buren

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