Edgar Kennedy Overview:

Character actor, Edgar Kennedy, was born Edgar Livingstone Kennedy on Apr 26, 1890 in Lake San Antonio, CA. Kennedy died at the age of 58 on Nov 9, 1948 in Woodland Hills, CA .


Edgar Kennedy was a rotund American comedian whose featured roles in big films were usually over the top (often as dim detectives), but who proved a useful sounding-board for Laurel and Hardy, popping up in their world mostly as cops, but perhaps most memorably as gouty Uncle Edgar crammed into the back seat of a car in Perfect Day. He called his double-take reaction to their antics a "slow burn" and in between using it, directed them once or twice as well. The "Mr Average Man" series of shorts in which he starred in, ran from 1931 until his death from throat cancer.

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



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Uncle Edgar: [gestures to gouted foot] I got a picnic of my own right here.

Bartender at Charity Bazarr: [with wine bottle] Shall I pour it sir?
Mr. Henry Basscombe: [sarcastically] What do you expect it to... sweat itself out?

Frankie: One beer, Harry!
Harry, the Bartender: [Sarcastically] Two straws?

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He was part of a card-playing quartet whose other members were Charles Coburn, Lewis Stone and director W.S. Van Dyke.

Comedian acknowledged as master of the "slow burn" when antagonized.

An example of Kennedy in his prime is as the lemonade vendor who has the dubious pleasure of encountering Harpo Marx in Duck Soup (1933).

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