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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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Timothy Q. Mouse: You know? Your ma ain't crazy. She's just broken-hearted. And it ain't nobody's fault you got them big ears.
[Dumbo covers himself up with his ears]
Timothy Q. Mouse: Oh boy, I stepped in it that time.
[rushes under Dumbo's ears]
Timothy Q. Mouse: Aw gee, Dumbo, I think your ears are beautiful!
[Dumbo slowly uncovers his face]
Timothy Q. Mouse: Sure! As a matter of fact, I think they're very decorative.
[Dumbo wiggles his ears]
Timothy Q. Mouse: You know, lots of people with big ears are famous!

Timothy Q. Mouse: [while watching the other elephants construct their pyramid, after a near-fall with one of them] Whew! That was a close one! They're almost ready now, Dumbo. Don't forget to wave that flag.
[Dumbo waves his flag briefly]
Timothy Q. Mouse: Okay, okay, don't wave it no more, I saw ya. Now look, all you'll hafta do is run out, see? And jump on the springboard.
[Dumbo backs up to the back of the waiting tent]
Timothy Q. Mouse: All right, now show me just how you'll do it.
[Dumbo runs forward briskly]
Timothy Q. Mouse: That's it! Attaboy! That's the stuff! C'mon!
[Dumbo trips on his ears and tumbles head over heels]
Timothy Q. Mouse: Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-Dumbo! Oh, those ears! We'd better do somethin', quick!

[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.

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

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).

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