Edward Brophy Overview:

Character actor, Edward Brophy, was born on Feb 27, 1895 in New York City, NY. Brophy died at the age of 65 on May 27, 1960 in Pacific Palisades, CA .

Edward Brophy was heavy-set, round faced American actor know for his aggressive supporting roles. His 'speak-first think-later' roles included several thick detectives who embarrassed their superiors, as well as a bizarre collection of valets, blustering politicians and cheap chisellers. He is best remembered for his roles in films like The Thin Man, Freaks, and The Falcon series. 

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Edward Brophy Quotes:

[after Ace and Jan are shot at, he takes her to his hideaway]
Ace Wilfong, Gangster Defendant: Slouch, tell her why the Hardy mob tried to fix me up. Tell her the facts, Slouch.
Slouch: Well, the mug that was rubbed out, Miss, was a snooper of the chief's running with the Hardy mob, slipping us the lowdown. Hardy gets hep to it and he puts the rat on the spot. They nab the boss's "kelly" and plants it. Your old man jaws him out and the Hardy mob grabs the typewriters and the ukeleles.

[Timothy wakes up to find Jim Crow staring him in the face]
Timothy Q. Mouse: [sleepily] Ohhhhhhhh! All those pink elephants.
Jim Crow: Ah! Pink elephants? Mm-mmm!
[Crows laugh]
Timothy Q. Mouse: What's so funny? What're you boys doin' down here, anyway?
Jim Crow: What're we doing *down* here? Well, hear him talk!
Timothy Q. Mouse: [grudgingly, as he tries to get back to sleep] Ah, fly up a tree where you belong.
[More laughter as Jim Crow puffs a circle of smoke around Timothy]
Jim Crow: Now look here, Brother Rat...
Timothy Q. Mouse: [suddenly standing up, then staring Jim straight in the face] Brother Rat? Now listen! I ain't your brother, and I ain't no rat, see?
Jim Crow: Uh-uh. And I suppose you and no elephant ain't up in no tree, either.
Timothy Q. Mouse: No! No, me in no tree and I'm no... What? Tree?
[he and Jim look up, then down to see that they really are up a tree]
Timothy Q. Mouse: [gasps, then squeals as he hides in Dumbo's trunk] Dumbo.
[rushes to Dumbo's eyes]
Timothy Q. Mouse: Dumbo. Wake up. Wake up, Dumbo!
Timothy Q. Mouse: Don't look now, but I think we're up in a tree!

[the elephants think that Dumbo with his big ears is the reason Mrs. Jumbo has been locked up]
Timothy Q. Mouse: What's the matter with his ears? I don't see nothin' wrong with 'em. I think they're cute.

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Edward Brophy Facts
Bald, raspy-voiced, cigar chewing, diminutive Hollywood character actor who specialized in playing gangsters, both in a comic or serious variety, at his peak during the 1930s and 1940s.

He was the voice (uncredited) of Timothy Q. Mouse in Dumbo (1941).

Provided the (uncredited) voice of Harry the Horse on radio's Damon Runyon Theater, which ran throughout 1949.

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