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Edgar Bergen ACTOR


Edgar Bergen was born on February 16th, 1902 in Chicago, Illinois with the birth name Edgar John Bergen to parents, Nilla Svensdotter and Johan Henriksson Berggren, both Swedish immigrants.   He grew up in Decatur, Michigan and as a young boy he developed an interest and the shills in ventriloquism from a pamphlet. 
When he was sixteen years old he moved to Chicago and attended Lake View High School and also worked at a silent movie house.  He was able to use his ventriloquism skill to help fund his college tuition at Northwestern university. 
He did some work in vaudeville, various night clubs and some one-reel movie shorts, followed by what turned out to be his big break, working on radio.  He had the, "Edgar Bergen-Charlie McCarthy Show", in which Charlie was his 'dummy puppet'.  From 1937 through 1957, his program lasted for twenty years and was one of the most popular radio shows.
It is said he was actually not one of the most technically skilled ventriloquists, as viewers could sometimes see his mouth moving, however he had such a comedic timing and excellent delivery of dialogue that he was highly liked and successful.    
As he continued to mature his talent in live shows and radio, he also took to the big screen working as a film actor.  Some if the films he appeared in were, "Here We Go Again" (1942), "Fun and Fancy Free" (1947), "I Remember Mama" (1948), "Captain China" (1949) and "Don't Make Waves" (1965).  Then there were quite a few films where he was not actually seen on screen, but his "Alter Ego" (dummy) was seen such as in, "The Goldwyn Follies" (1938) and "You Can't Cheat on an Honest Man".
Bergen also made a number of television appearances such as hosting the television game show, "Do You Trust Your Wide" (1956-1957) and on a Christmas episode in 1957 on NBC called, "The Gisele MacKenzie Show". 
Bergen and his alter ego, Charlie McCarthy were presented with an Honorary Oscar which was in the form of a wooden Oscar statuette for his creation of Charlie McCarthy.  His final screen appearance was in, "The Muppet Movie" (1979) and he died shortly afterwards.  This film was dedicated in his memory
Edgar Bergen married once to Frances Westerman whom he met when he was thirty nine years old and she was only nineteen.  However, the couple married on June 28th, 1945 in Mexico and had two children together, Candice and Kris.  The couple remained together until Bergen passed away on September 30th, 1978 in Las Vegas, Nevada in his sleep at the age of seventy five.  
He was interred with his parents at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.  He was elected to the Radio Hall of Fame and in 1991 and the United States Postal Service honored him with a 29 cent commemorative stamp. 

1976  Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood 
1972  My Sister Hank 
1971  The Waltons  
1969  The Red Skelton Hour
1968  Rogue's Gallery 
1967  Don't Make Waves 
1965  One Way Wahini 
1964-1965 Burke's Law
1964  The Hanged Man 
1964  Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
1964  The Greatest Show on Earth 
1961-1962 The Dick Powell Theatre 
1962  Bachelor Father
1960  The Jack Benny Program 
1960  The DuPont Show with June Allyson 
1959  Five Fingers 
1954-1955 Shower of Stars
1954  Ponds Theater
1954  Kraft Theatre 
1953  Mystery Lake 
1950  Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd in Sweden 
1950  Captain China 
1948  I Remember Mama 
1947  Mickey and the Beanstalk 
1946  Hour Glass
1942  Here We Go Again
1941  Look Who's Laughing 
1939  Charlie McCarthy, Detective
1939  You Can't Cheat an Honest Man 
1938  Letter of Introduction 
1937  A Neckin' Party 
1937  Double Talk 
1936  Nut Guilty 
1935  All American Drawback 
1935  Two Boobs in a Balloon 
1934  At the Races 
1934  Pure Feud
1933  Africa Speaks 
1931  Free and Easy 
1931  The Eyes Have It 
1931  Donkey Business
1930  Office Scandal 
1930  The Operation

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