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Ned Sparks Overview:

Character actor, Ned Sparks, was born Edward Arthur Sparkman on Nov 19, 1883 in Guelph, Canada. Sparks died at the age of 73 on Apr 3, 1957 in Victorville, CA .

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Fast-talking Canadian actor Ned Sparks once sold patent medicines in a carnival. When he went into Hollywood sound films, he harangued his audiences with the same unique style that once held his carnival customers in a thrall. With his incisive nasal tones, he became one of Hollywood's most imitated actors and, in between a legion of reporters, press agents and con-men (all of whom seemed to live life on a nervous edge), he made a marvelous caterpillar in the 1933 film, "Alice in Wonderland".

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

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Ned Sparks Quotes:

Trixie Lorraine: Isn't there going to be any comedy in the show?
Barney Hopkins: Oh, plenty! The gay side, the hard-boiled side, the cynical and funny side of the depression! I'll make 'em laugh at you starving to death, honey. It'll be the funniest thing you ever did.


Dave the Dude - 'Dave Manville': If we have to dig up a husband for Annie, let's to it and get over it.
Happy McGuire: Now you got to dig up a husband for...
[shouting]
Happy McGuire: Where you gonna get a husband just like that?
Dave the Dude - 'Dave Manville': How about you, Happy?
Happy McGuire: Me?
Missouri Martin: Oh, that's a swell idea. I think you'd be just precious.
Happy McGuire: That's a wonderful idea but there's one thing that stands on the way. I got a wife that is very fussy. She don't like me to go around and marrying people!


Barney Hopkins: Who are you?
The Kentucky Hillbillies: The Kentucky Hillbillies.
Barney Hopkins: Who?
The Kentucky Hillbillies: The Kentucky Hillbillies.
Kentucky Hillbilly #1: Singing!
Kentucky Hillbilly #2: Dancing!
Kentucky Hillbilly #3: Music!
Kentucky Hillbilly #4: Wisecracks!
Barney Hopkins: Do you know Your Old Kentucky Home?
The Kentucky Hillbillies: You said it!
Barney Hopkins: Scram right back there! Your old mammy is waiting for ya.
The Kentucky Hillbillies: We get it.


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He became one of the founding members of the Actors Equity Association.

His on-screen persona became so famous he was able to get Lloyd's of London to issue an insurance policy for $10,000 in the Depression-era 1930s, against damage to his professional reputation should anyone ever get a photograph of him smiling.

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