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Eddie Bracken (1915–2002)


This owl-faced comic actor enjoyed his first featured film role in the RKO production Too Many Girls (1940), in which he reprised the role of "JoJo Jordan" that he had played in the Broadway stage version of that musical. (Into the pantheon of pop-music standards came one that Bracken had introduced in "Too Many Girls", the melancholy "I Didn't ... See full bio »

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Known For

Hail the Conquering Hero
Hail the Conquering Hero Woodrow Truesmith
(1944)
National Lampoon's Vacation
(1983)
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
(1944)

Filmography

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 2000 Ed (TV Series)
Stuckeyville Stan
- The World of Possibility (2000) ... Stuckeyville Stan
 2000 The Ryan Interview (TV Movie)
Bob Ryan
 1997 The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue (Video)
Sebastian (voice)
 1997 Remember WENN (TV Series)
Pepper Canarsie
- Like a Brother (1997) ... Pepper Canarsie
 1994 The Cosby Mysteries (TV Series)
Vernon Hood
- Expert Witness (1994) ... Vernon Hood
 1994 Baby's Day Out
Old Timer
 1994 Winnetka Road (TV Series)
Father Burke
- Women in Love (1994)
- The Real Wisconsin (1994) ... Father Burke
- The White Zone (1994) ... Father Burke
- Townies (1994) ... Father Burke
 1994 Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker (TV Movie)
Maj. Charles T. Alexander
 1993 Missing Persons (TV Series)
Victor Deeley
- The Man's an Emotional Termite (1993) ... Victor Deeley
 1993 The American Clock (TV Movie)
Grandpa
 1993 Rookie of the Year
Bob Carson
 1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
E.F. Duncan
 1991 Oscar
Five Spot Charlie
 1991 Monsters (TV Series)
J.J. 'Freddy' Fredericks
- The Maker (1991) ... J.J. 'Freddy' Fredericks
 1990 Empty Nest (TV Series)
Fred
- Someone to Watch Over Me (1990) ... Fred
 1990 Wiseguy (TV Series)
Father Patrick
- Brrump-Bump (1990) ... Father Patrick
- Sanctuary (1990) ... Father Patrick
 1990 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Buzz
- Twice in a Lifetime (1990) ... Buzz
 1989 Great Performances (TV Series)
Cap'n Andy Hawks
- Show Boat (1989) ... Cap'n Andy Hawks
 1987 The Wind in the Willows (TV Movie)
Moley (voice)
 1986 Blacke's Magic (TV Series)
Joseph
- A Friendly Game of Showdown (1986) ... Joseph
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Nelson Chumsky
- Boo! (1986) ... Nelson Chumsky
 1985 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Barney Ogden
- Armed Response (1985) ... Barney Ogden
 1984 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
Grandpa Titus Tolliver
- A Case of the Stubborns (1984) ... Grandpa Titus Tolliver
 1983 National Lampoon's Vacation
Roy Walley
 1977 Busting Loose (TV Series)
 1977 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Mr. Simpson
- The Haunted Trailer (1977) ... Mr. Simpson
 1976 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Horace Manley
- The Adventure of the Hardhearted Huckster (1976) ... Horace Manley
 1973 The New Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Jake
 1970 Shinbone Alley
Archy (voice)
 1964-1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Simeon Quatraine / 'Evil Eye' Hatton
- Who Killed the Card? (1965) ... Simeon Quatraine
- Who Killed April? (1964) ... 'Evil Eye' Hatton
 1963-1964 Rawhide (TV Series)
Edgar Allan Smithers / Morris G. Stevens
- Incident of the Pied Piper (1964) ... Edgar Allan Smithers
- Incident of the Clown (1963) ... Morris G. Stevens
 1962 Going My Way (TV Series)
Danny Everett
- Like My Own Brother (1962) ... Danny Everett
 1962 Always on Sunday
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1962 The Lady and the Stock Exchange (Documentary short)
Fictional Character
 1961 The Roaring 20's (TV Series)
Ace Johnson
- Another Time, Another War (1961) ... Ace Johnson
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Archy
- Archy and Mehitabel (1960) ... Archy
 1959 The Strawberry Blonde (TV Movie)
Hugo Barnstead
 1959 The David Niven Show (TV Series)
Merlin
- A Day of Small Miracles (1959) ... Merlin
 1955-1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
George Short / Herbert / Billy Cascade
- The Award Winner (1958) ... George Short
- My Mother and How She Undid Me (1957) ... Herbert (voice)
- A Likely Story (1955) ... Billy Cascade
 1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- The Old Ticket (1957)
 1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Ira
- Locked in Fear (1957) ... Ira
 1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Charlie Joyce
- Awake with Fear (1957) ... Charlie Joyce
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Stephen Minch
- The Star Wagon (1957) ... Stephen Minch
 1953-1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
John Stafford / Freddy Mallory
- The Marriage Plan (1956) ... John Stafford
- It Happened in a Pawn Shop (1953) ... Freddy Mallory
 1956 Ethel Barrymore Theater (TV Series)
- The Peabody's (1956)
 1953-1956 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Gunner's Mate / Peter Ward
- Formosa Patrol (1956) ... Gunner's Mate
- Simplon Express (1953) ... Peter Ward
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Harry King
- Mr. Belvedere (1956) ... Harry King
 1956 Front Row Center (TV Series)
Sammy
- Finley's Fan Club (1956) ... Sammy
 1955 Star Stage (TV Series)
 1955 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- Suit Yourself (1955)
 1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Larry
- The Corporal and the Lady (1953) ... Larry
 1953 A Slight Case of Larceny
Frederick Winthrop Clopp
 1952 The Gulf Playhouse (TV Series)
Lt. Merivale R. Colquhoun
- Mr. Breger (1952)
- A Question of Rank (1952) ... Lt. Merivale R. Colquhoun
 1952 We're Not Married!
Wilson Boswell 'Willie' Fisher
 1952 About Face
Biff Roberts
 1951 Two Tickets to Broadway
Lew Conway
 1950 Summer Stock
Orville Wingait
 1949 The Girl from Jones Beach
Chuck Donovan
 1947 'Fun on a Week-End'
Pete Porter aka P.P. Porterhouse III
 1947 Ladies' Man
Henry Haskell
 1945 Hold That Blonde!
Ogden Spencer Trulow III
 1945 Duffy's Tavern
Eddie Bracken
 1945 Out of This World
Herbie Fenton
 1945 Bring on the Girls
J. Newport Bates
 1944 Rainbow Island
Toby Smith
 1944 Hail the Conquering Hero
Woodrow Truesmith
 1944 The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
Norval Jones
 1943 Young and Willing
George Bodell
 1943 Happy Go Lucky
Wally Case
 1942 Sweater Girl
Jack Mitchell
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
Johnny Webster
 1942 The Fleet's In
Barney Waters
 1941 Caught in the Draft
Bert Sparks
 1941 Reaching for the Sun
Benny Hogan
 1940 Life with Henry
'Dizzy' Stevens
 1940 Too Many Girls
Jojo Jordan
 1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Soldier at Festival of Fools (uncredited)
 1939 Pacific Liner
Junior Officer (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Boy"; credited as Master Eddie Bracken) in "The Drunkard" on Broadway. Melodrama. Written by H.S. Smith. Directed by Harry Bannister. American Music Hall: 10 Mar 1934-Nov 1934 (closing date unknown/554 performances). Cast: Hal Conklin (as "Edward Middleton"), James Coyle (as "Farmer Stevens"), Dortha Duckworth (as... See more »

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Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I've made a good living and I've had a good time doing it. Has it been tough? You bet! I went broke three times, but I'm proud of the way I've recovered. You never hear any scandals about me. I'm well respected. I've got a happy family, a nice home, and I'm working in my business. What more could I ask? See more »

Trivia:

His wife of 63 years, Connie, a former actress, died in August of 2002, just three months before Eddie's passing. Connie was his leading lady in the Broadway production of "What a Life" in 1938. See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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