Eddie Bracken Overview:

Legendary character actor, Eddie Bracken, was born Edward Vincent Bracken on Feb 7, 1915 in Astoria, NY. Bracken died at the age of 87 on Nov 14, 2002 in Montclair, NJ and was cremated and his ashes given to family or friend.


This stocky, wavy-haired American comic actor was usually cast as dynamic but dopey sub-Mickey Rooney types whose fast-talking backchat covered their own insecurity. But he did please wartime audiences and was funny in a couple of Preston Sturges' best films. His limited appeal soon faded in postwar years. When business ventures failed, he became a writer and occasional cameo performer. Later, he made film and theatrical comebacks, winning rave reviews for his portrayal of the Wizard of Oz in a 1992 stage musical.

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He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Radio and Television. Bracken was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Eddie Bracken Quotes:

Manuelito Lynch: I'm not interested in the men.
Jojo Jordan: You must be from Vassar.

Train Ticket Clerk: [after Woodrow buys tickets to leave] Where are you going? Thought you was running for mayor.
Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith: I changed my mind.
Train Ticket Clerk: That's very unusual.
Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith: Well, this is an unusual case

Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith: [telling the crowd the truth about his discharge] If I could reach as high as my father's shoestrings... my whole life would be justified - and I would stand here before you proudly... instead of as the thief and the coward that I am.

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His wife of 63 years, Connie, a former actress, died in August of 2002, just three months before Eddie's passing. Connie was his leading lady in the Broadway production of "What a Life" in 1938.

While in elementary school, Eddie appeared as the rich kid in "The New York Kiddie Troupers," a series of silent movie shorts filmed in New York.

Eddie won a Best Actor (Musical) Tony nomination playing Horace Vandergelder in the Broadway revival of "Hello, Dolly!" opposite Carol Channing in 1978.

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