Eddie Bracken Biography (1920-2002)

Full name, Edward Vincent Bracken; born February 7, 1920, in New Astoria, NY;son of Joseph L. and Catherine Bracken; married Connie Nickerson (an actress), September 25, 1939; children: five. Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 South El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2775.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, producer
Birth Details
February 7, 1920
New Astoria, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Brother Rat, Warner Bros., 1938
  • Jo Jo Jordan, Too Many Girls, RKO Radio Pictures, 1940
  • Basil "Dizzy" Stevens, Life with Henry, Paramount, 1941
  • Benny Morgan (some sources cite Benny Hogan), Reaching for the Sun, Paramount, 1941
  • Bert, Caught in the Draft, Paramount, 1941
  • Jack Mitchell, Sweater Girl, Paramount, 1942
  • Barney Waters, The Fleet's In, Paramount, 1942
  • Johnny Webster, Star Spangled Rhythm, Paramount, 1942
  • George Bodell, Young and Willing (also known as Out of the Frying Pan), United Artists, 1943
  • Wally Case, Happy Go Lucky, Paramount, 1943
  • Norval Jones, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, Paramount, 1944
  • Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith, Hail the Conquering Hero, Paramount, 1944
  • Toby Smith, Rainbow Island, Paramount, 1944
  • Herbie Fenton, Out of This World, Paramount, 1945
  • Ogden Spencer Trulow III, Hold That Blonde, Paramount, 1945
  • Guest, Duffy's Tavern, Paramount, 1945
  • J. Newport Bates, Bring on the Girls, Paramount, 1945
  • Henry Haskell, Ladies' Man, Paramount, 1947
  • P. P. Porterhouse III, Fun on a Weekend, United Artists, 1947
  • Chuck Donovan, The Girl from Jones Beach, Warner Bros., 1949
  • Orville Wingait, Summer Stock (also known as If You Feel Like Singing), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1950
  • Lew Conway, Two Tickets to Broadway, RKO Radio Pictures, 1951
  • Boff Roberts, About Face, Warner Bros., 1952
  • Willie Fisher, We're Not Married!, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1952
  • Frederick Winthrop Clopp, A Slight Case of Larceny, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1953
  • Narrator, Wild Wild World (animated short film), Warner Bros., 1960
  • (Uncredited) Una domenica d'estate (also known as Always on Sunday, A Summer Sunday, and Un dimanche d'ete), 1962
  • Voice of Archy, Shinbone Alley (animated), Allied Artists, 1971
  • Roy Wally, National Lampoon's Vacation (also known as AmericanVacation, National Lampoon's Summer Vacation, and Vacation), Warner Bros., 1983
  • Little Shop of Horrors, 1990
  • Five-Spot Charlie, Oscar, Buena Vista, 1991
  • Mr. E. F. Duncan, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Bob Carson, Rookie of the Year, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1993
  • Old-timer, Baby's Day Out, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994
  • The Student Prince, 2000
  • Appeared as rich boy in the film serial Our Gang, 1920s; also appeared in the serial Kiddie Trouper, 1920s.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Voice, Willie Wonderful (animated), syndicated, 1952
  • Panelist, Make the Connection, NBC, 1955
  • Host, Masquerade Party, NBC, 1957
  • Father Burke, Winnetka Road, NBC, 1994
  • Episodic
  • Panelist, I've Got a Secret, CBS, 1952
  • "A Question of Rank," Gulf Playhouse, NBC, 1952
  • "Mr. Berger," Gulf Playhouse, NBC, 1952
  • "It Happened in a Pawnshop," Ford Theater (also known as The Ford Television Theater), NBC, 1953
  • "The Corporal and the Lady," Lux Video Theater, CBS, 1953
  • "Simplon Express," Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, CBS, 1953
  • "Suit Yourself," Goodyear Playhouse, NBC, 1955
  • "A Likely Story," Studio One, CBS, 1955
  • "Mr. Belvedere," The 20th Century-Fox Hour, CBS, 1955
  • Front Row Center, CBS, 1956
  • "Formosa Patrol," Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, CBS, 1956
  • "The Peabodys," Ethel Barrymore Theater, syndicated, 1956
  • "The Marriage Plan," Ford Theater (also known as The Ford Television Theater), ABC, 1956
  • "Awake with Fear," Alcoa Hour, NBC, 1957
  • "False Witness," Climax, NBC, 1957
  • "My Mother and How She Undid Me," Studio One, CBS, 1957
  • "The Award Winner," Studio One, CBS, 1958
  • "A Day of Small Miracles," The David Niven Show, NBC, 1959
  • "archy and mehitabel," Play of the Week, syndicated, 1960
  • "Another Time, Another War," The Roaring Twenties, ABC, 1961
  • "Like My Own Brother," Going My Way, ABC, 1962
  • "Mr. Jones and Monday," Lamp unto My Feet, CBS, 1963
  • "Incident of the Clown," Rawhide, CBS, 1963
  • "Who Killed April?," Burke's Law, ABC, 1964
  • "Incident of the Pied Piper," Rawhide, CBS, 1964
  • Sidney Quatraine, "Who Killed the Card?," Burke's Law, ABC, 1965
  • The New Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS, 1973
  • Horace Manley, "The Adventure of the Hard Hearted Huckster," Ellery Queen, NBC, 1976
  • Grandpa Tolliver, "A Case of the Stubborns," Tales from the Darkside, syndicated, 1984
  • Barney Ogden, "Armed Response," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985
  • Ghost/husband, "Boo!!," Amazing Stories, NBC, 1986
  • "A Friendly Game of Showdown," Bracken's World, NBC, 1986
  • Buzz, "Twice in a Lifetime," The Golden Girls, NBC, 1990
  • Father Patrick, Wiseguy, CBS, 1990
  • "The Maker," Monsters, 1990
  • Vernon Hood, "Expert Witness," The Cosby Mysteries, NBC, 1994
  • "Mickey Rooney: Hollywood's Little Giant," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Pepper Canarsie, "Like a Brother," Remember WENN, American Movie Classics, 1997
  • Stuckeyville Stan, "The World of Possibility," Ed, NBC, 2000
  • Also appeared in Blacke's Magic, Cheers, and Empty Nest, all NBC; and Missing Persons, ABC.
  • Movies
  • Voice of Mole, The Wind in the Willows, ABC, 1987
  • Grandpa, "Arthur Miller's The American Clock" (also known as "The American Clock"), TNT Screenworks, TNT, 1993
  • Dr. Charles Alexander, Assault at West Point (also known as Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker and ConductUnbecoming: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker), Showtime, 1994
  • Specials
  • The Strawberry Blonde, NBC, 1959
  • Mr. Simpson, The Haunted Trailer, 1977
  • Cap'n Andy Hawkes, "Show Boat," Great Performances, PBS, 1989
  • "Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer" (documentary), American Masters, PBS, 1990
  • Stars and Stripes: Hollywood and World War II, American Movie Classics, 1991
  • Himself, The Rodgers & Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty, PBS, 1999
  • Himself, AFI's 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies, CBS, 2000
  • Bob Ryan, The Ryan Interview, 2000
  • Also appeared in It Runs in the Family.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Lottery, 1930
  • (Broadway debut) Western Union boy, The Man on Stilts, Plymouth Theatre, 1931
  • Hank Parkes, The Lady Refuses, Bijou Theatre, New York City, 1933
  • A boy, The Drunkard, American Music Hall, New York City, 1934
  • Alfred, Life's Too Short, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1935
  • Cadet Brown, So Proudly We Hail, 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1935
  • A plumber, Iron Men, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1936
  • Billy Randolph, Brother Rat, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1937
  • Hal, What a Life, Biltmore Theatre, 1938
  • Jo Jo Jordan, Too Many Girls, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1939
  • Richard Sherman, The Seven Year Itch, Fulton Theatre, New York City, 1955
  • archy, Shinbone Alley, Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1957
  • Erwin Trowbridge, Three Men on a Horse, Drury Lane Theatre, London, England, 1957
  • Charles Wykeham, Where's Charley?, Music Theatre, Columbus, OH, 1958
  • Kreton, Visit to a Small Planet, Grist Mill Playhouse, Andover, NJ, 1958
  • Pistol, Beg, Borrow or Steal, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City,1960
  • Howard Bevins, Hot September, Shubert Theatre, Boston, MA, 1965
  • Felix Unger, The Odd Couple, Plymouth Theatre, 1966
  • Harry Lamert, Never Too Late, Country Dinner Playhouse, Dallas, TX, 1973
  • Hot Line to Heaven (also known as Hotline to Heaven), Country Dinner Playhouse, 1975
  • Horace Vandergelder, Hello, Dolly!, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1978, then Theatre Royal, London, 1979, later Shaftesbury Theatre, London, 1980
  • Cap'n Andy Hawkes, Show Boat, Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ,1985, 1988-1989, and in Cairo, Egypt, 1988
  • Title role, Marvel, and Emerald City guard, The Wizard of Oz, Paper Mill Playhouse, 1992
  • Bill, It Runs in the Family, Paper Mill Playhouse, 1993-1994
  • These Golden Years, Theatre at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY,1996
  • Jimmy Smith, No, No, Nanette, Paper Mill Playhouse, 1997
  • Follies, 1998
  • Carousel, Paper Mill Playhouse, 2001
  • Appeared as toymaker, Babes in Toyland, Houston Grand Opera, Houston, TX; also appeared in Power of a Dream.
  • Major Tours
  • Henry Aldrich, What a Life, U.S. cities, 1939
  • Richard Sherman, The Seven Year Itch, U.S. cities, 1953-1954, 1956, and 1959
  • Charlie Reader, The Tender Trap, U.S. cities, 1953-1954 and 1956
  • George MacCauley, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, U.S. cities, 1953-1954 and 1956
  • Sakini, The Teahouse of the August Moon, U.S. cities, 1956
  • Augie Poole, The Tunnel of Love, U.S. cities, 1958
  • Jack Jordan, Say Darling, U.S. cities, 1959
  • Fergie Howard, The Golden Fleecing, U.S. cities, 1960
  • Og the Leprechaun, Finian's Rainbow, U.S. cities, 1960
  • Ensign Pulver, Mr. Roberts, U.S. cities, 1960
  • Richard Pawling, George, and Chuck, You Know I Can't Hear You When theWater's Running, U.S. cities, 1967-1968
  • The Girl in the Freudian Slip, U.S. cities, 1972
  • Born Yesterday, U.S. cities, 1974
  • The Sunshine Boys, U.S. cities, 1975
  • Horace Vandergelder, Hello, Dolly!, U.S. cities, 1977-1978
  • Sugar Babies, Australian cities, 1986-1987
  • The Wizard of Oz, Australian cities, 1992
  • Stage Work
  • Coproducer, Beg, Borrow or Steal, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1960
  • Director, How to Make a Man, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1961
  • Director, These Golden Years, Theatre at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, 1996
  • Director, Follies, 1998
  • Major Tours
  • Director, What a Life, U.S. cities, 1939
  • WRITINGS
  • Radio Shows
  • The Bob Hope Show, 1934-1936
  • Other
  • Author of syndicated column "Crackin' with Bracken," Sunrise Press, 1963.

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