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Cliff Edwards ACTOR

Cliff Edwards was born on June 14th, 1895 in Hannibal, Missouri.  He first became involved in the world of entertainment through his talent with music and the ability to play the ukulele as well as a talented singing voice.

At the age of fourteen he left school early and relocated to St. Louis where he found work singing in saloons.  Soon he began performing in vaudeville and gained quite a bit of experience and in 1919 he made his first phonograph record and later signed a contract with Pathe Records.  Over the course of his career he recorded such songs as, "California, Here I come", "Hard Hearted Hannah", "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" and "I'll See You in My Dreams".

In 1929 he was performing at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, California when he caught the attention of movie producer, Irving Thalberg.  Soon he broke into the film industry with some of his early roles being in, "Marianne" (1929) starring Marion Davies, "They Learned About Women" (1930) starring Gus Van, Joe Schenck, Bessie Love and J.C. Nugent, "Montana Moon" (1930) starring Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown and Ricardo Cortez, "Way Out West" (1930) co-starring William Haines, Leila Hyams, Polly Moran, Charles Middleton and Ralph Bushman and "Doughboys" (1930) starring Buster Keaton, Sally Ellers, Edward Brophy and Victor Potel.

He is most well remembered for his role as the voice of Jiminy Cricket in Walt Disney's, "Pinocchio" (1940).  He also did the voice for Disney's animated film, "Dumbo" (1941).  Many also remember him for being the first vocalist for the hit song, "Singin' in the Rain" (1929).

He mostly appeared in 'B' Westerns and did a lot of work with MGM as well as with Warner Brothers and RKO Pictures.  Some of his more popular appearances were on the films, "The Bad Man of Brimstone" (1937) starring Alongside Wallace Beery, Virginia Bruce, Dennis O'Keefe, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Lewis Stone, Joseph Calleia, Noah Beery Sr., John Qualen, Charley Grapewin, Guy Kibbee and Bruce Cabot and "His Girl Friday" (1940) starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart, John Qualen, Porter Hall, Roscoe Karns, Regis Toomey, Billy Gilbert and Frank Orth.

Along with performing live, recording music and acting in the film industry he also made quite a name for himself with his national radio show.  He also added numerous television appearances to his resume such as, "Bat Masterson", "Playhouse 90", "The Cliff Edwards Show", "The Mickey Mouse Club" and "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color". 

Edwards married three times throughout his lifetime, first to Gertrude Ryrholm in 1919 however by 1923 this marriage came to an end.  He then married Irene Wylie in 1923 but by 1931 another marriage had ended in divorce.  His third and final marriage was in 1932 to Judith Barrett and this marriage was also short lived ending in 1936.

He did not re-marry and on July 17th, 1971, Cliff Edwards passed away in Los Angeles, California.  Although, successful in the world of entertainment, he did not invest his money well and the majority of his income went to cover alimony from his former three marriages.  He also suffered alcohol and drug addiction and when he passed away on, July 17th, 1971 in Los Angeles, California at the age of seventy six his remains went unclaimed and were therefore donated to the University of California medical school.  Later he received a formal burial from the Actors' Fund of America and the Disney company covered the expense of his grave marker.        


1973         I'm No Fool with Electricity 
1965         The Man from Button Willow
1960         Platinum High School
1955-1960     Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 
1959         Bat Masterson
1958         Playhouse 90 
1957         I'm No Fool in Water 
1956         I'm No Fool as a Pedestrian
1956         I'm No Fool with a Bicycle
1956         You and Your Ears
1956         I'm No Fool Having Fun
1955         The Mickey Mouse Club
1955         You and Your Sense of Touch
1955         You and Your Food 
1955         I'm No Fool with Fire
1955         You the Human Animal 
1955         You and Your Senses of Smell and Taste 
1955         You and Your Five Senses
1949         The Cliff Edwards Show
1943         The Avenging Rider
1943         Sagebrush Law
1943         The Falcon Strikes Back
1943         Salute for Three
1943         Fighting Frontier
1942         American Empire
1942         Red River Robin Hood
1942         Pirates of the Prairie
1942         Seven Miles from Alcatraz
1942         Overland to Deadwood
1942         Bandit Ranger
1942         Bad Men of the Hills
1942         Riders of the Northland
1942         Sundown Jim
1942         Lawless Plainsmen
1942         West of Tombstone
1941         Riders of the Badlands
1941         Dumbo
1941         Prairie Stranger
1941         International Squadron
1941         Thunder Over the Prairie
1941         Power Dive
1941         Knockout
1941         The Monster and the Girl
1940         She Couldn't Say No
1940         Friendly Neighbors
1940         Flowing Gold
1940         Millionaires in Prison
1940         Pinocchio
1940         High School
1940         His Girl Friday
1940         Just a Cute Kid
1939         Gone with the Wind
1939         The Royal Rodeo
1939         Ride, Cowboy, Ride
1939         Smuggled Cargo
1939         Maisie
1938         The Little Adventuress
1938         The Girl of the Golden West
1937         The Bad Man of Brimstone
1937         The Women Men Marry
1937         Bad Guy
1937         Saratoga
1937         Between Two Women
1937         Modern Inventions
1937         They Gave Him a Gun
1936         The Man I Marry
1935         Red Salute
1935         George White's 1935 Scandals
1934         George White's Scandals
1933         Take a Chance
1933         Flying Devils
1933         Stop, Sadie, Stop 
1932         Fast Life
1932         Young Bride
1931         Hell Divers
1931         The Sin of Madelon Claudet
1931         Sidewalks of New York
1931         The Great Lover
1931         Laughing Sinners
1931         Shipmates
1931         Stepping Out
1931         Parlor, Bedroom and Bath
1931         The Prodigal
1931         Dance, Fools, Dance
1931         The Strange Case of Hennessy 
1930         Remote Control
1930         Crazy House
1930         Those Three French Girls
1930         Doughboys
1930         Good News
1930         Way Out West
1930         Montana Moon
1930         Lord Byron of Broadway
1930         They Learned About Women
1929         So This Is College
1929         Marianne

Matinee Classics - Parlor, Bedroom and Bath starring Buster Keaton, Charlotte Greenwood, Reginald Denny, Cliff Edwards, Dorothy Christy, Joan Peters, Sally Eilers, Natalie Moorhead and Ed Brophy
Matinee Classics - Gone With The Wind starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell, Hattie McDaniel, Butterfly McQueen, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Rutherford, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Ward Bond, Yakima Canutt, Cliff Edwards, Rand Brooks and George Reeves
Matinee Classics - His Girl Friday starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Alma Kruger, Gene Lockhart, Clarence Kolb, Abner Biberman, John Qualen, Helen Mack, Porter Hall, Ernest Truex, Cliff Edwards, Roscoe Karns, Frank Jenks, Regis Toomey, Frank Orth, Billy Gilbert, Pat West and Edwin Maxwell
Matinee Classics - Pinocchio starring the voices of Mel Blanc, Don Brodie, Walter Catlett, Marion Darlington, Frankie Darro, Cliff Edwards, Dickie Jones, Charles Judels, Jack Mercer, Patricia Page, Christian Rub and Evelyn Venable
Matinee Classics - Pirates of the Prairie starring Tim Holt, Cliff Edwards, Nell O'Day, John Elliott, Roy Barcroft, Karl Hackett, Ed Cassidy and Charles King
Matinee Classics - The Bad Man of Brimstone starring Wallace Beery, Virginia Bruce, Dennis O'Keefe, Joseph Calleia, Lewis Stone, Guy Kibbee, Bruce Cabot, Cliff Edwards, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Arthur Hohl, Noah Beery, John Qualen, Charley Grapewin and Robert Barrat

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