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Ed Wynn – MovieActors.com

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Wynn in MARY POPPINS.

About Ed Wynn (1886 – 1966)

Ed Wynn was born on November 9, 1886, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania into a Jewish American family.Ed Wynn's birth name was Isaiah Edwin Leopold, he went by the nickname, "The Perfect Fool".

His father immigrated from Bohemia, and manufactured and sold women's hats. His mother came from Istanbul. Ed attended Central High School in Philadelphia, until he ran away from home when he was 15 years old. Ed found jobs such as selling hats to support himself, until he entered the world of vaudeville, where he excelled. Ed changed his stage name to Ed Wynn, so his conservative family wouldn't be embarrassed.


Wynn was an old-fashioned comedian, who, by recommendation of his son Keenan Wynn, became one of the world's most beloved clowns, and one of the best actors of his time. Ed became popular for roles throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

In 1927, Ed Wynn had a debut in the silent film, RUBBER HEELS. Wynn performed in the ZIEGFELD FOLLIES, becoming a star in 1914. Ed directed, produced, wrote, and composed music for many of his subsequent Broadway successes; being known by then as "The Perfect Fool".

During the 1930s, Ed Wynn became a pioneering radio comedy star, as the TEXACO FIRE CHIEF. Ed directed many plays and musicals before becoming an actor. Ed Wynn's career was energized by the coming of television. In 1949, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for THE ED WYNN SHOW (1949-50).

In 1959, Ed Wynn had an Oscar nomination for THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, as Albert Dussell, for Best Supporting Actor.

Wynn's most endearing Disney credit was performing the voice of the Mad Hatter in the animated feature, ALICE IN WONDERLAND; (1951).

Wynn will be best remembered for THE ED WYNN SHOW and for his role as Uncle Albert in MARY POPPINS.

He is the father of actor Keenan Wynn, with whom he appeared in Disney's THE ABSENT-MINDED PROFESSOR; (1961).

Wynn passed away on June 19, 1966 in Beverly Hills, California, from cancer.

Ed Wynn's notable movie credits include...

THE GNOME-MOBILE (1967)
THE DAYDREAMER (1996)
THAT DARN CAT! (1965)
MARY POPPINS (1964)
SON OF FLUBBER (1963)
THE ABSENT-MINDED PROFESSOR (1961)
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (1959)
THE CHIEF (1933)
RUBBER HELS (1927)



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Ed Wynn in THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (1965).