Job Actor
Years active 1930-78
Known for Voice behind Charlie McCarthy; father of Candice Bergen (star of Murphy Brown)
Top Roles Mr. Thorkelson, Himself, The Great Edgar, Himself, Himself / Charlie McCarthy / Mortimer Snerd
Top GenresComedy, Musical, Drama, Family, Romance, Animation
Top TopicsShow Business, Broadway, Father Daughter
Top Collaborators , (Director), (Producer),
Shares birthday with Vera-Ellen, Jack Cummings, John Schlesinger  see more..

Edgar Bergen Overview:

Legendary actor, Edgar Bergen, was born Edgar John Bergen on Feb 16, 1903 in Chicago, IL. Bergen died at the age of 75 on Sep 30, 1978 in Las Vegas, NV and was laid to rest in Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, CA.


Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen appeared in over 40 film and TV roles including You Can't Cheat an Honest Man and I Remember Mama – and of course he is most famously remembered as the voice behind Charlie McCarthy! Edgar Bergen is also the father of Candice Bergen, star of the TV sitcom, Murphy Brown.

(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).



He was honored with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Television, Motion Pictures and Radio. Edgar Bergen's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #45 on Jul 20, 1938. In addition, Bergen was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame and was immortalized on a US postal stamp in 1991. Bergen was never nominated for an Academy Award. However he won one Honorary Award in 1937 for his outstanding comedy creation, "Charlie McCarthy." .

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The and Charlie McCarthy Show – 1943

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By Annmarie Gatti on Feb 16, 2013 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Born February 16, 1903 Ventriloquist ! Ventriloquist appeared in over 40 film and TV roles including You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man and I Remember Mama – and of course he is most famously remembered as the voice behind Charlie McCarthy! In 1937 recei... Read full article

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Edgar Bergen Quotes:

Edgar Bergen: I've got a good mind to...
Charlie McCarthy: Why don't you use it?

Edgar Bergen: I don't think that's very funny.
Charlie McCarthy: You don't?
Edgar Bergen: No.
Charlie McCarthy: Well then, why did you make me say it?

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Pictured on one of five 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps celebrating famous comedians, issued in booklet form 29 August 1991. He is shown with alter ego Charlie McCarthy. The stamp designs were drawn by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. The other comedians honored in the set are Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy; Jack Benny; Fanny Brice; and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.

Reportedly left $10,000 in his will to his dummy Charlie McCarthy through The Actors Fund. The money was intended to preserve Charlie and keep him in good shape. Charlie's original name was Charlie Mack, named after the man who originally sculpted him.

Died only weeks after his retirement, in the fall of 1978.

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