Ed Wynn (November 9, 1886 - June 19, 1966) was a popular American comedian and actor noted for his Perfect Fool comedy character, his pioneering radio show of the 1930s, and his later career as a dramatic actor.
Ed Wynn was a Jewish-American comedian who was born Isaiah Edwin Leopold in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father, who manufactured and sold women's hats, was born in Bohemia. His mother, of Romanian and Turkish ancestry, came from Istanbul. Wynn attended Central High School in Philadelphia until age 15. He ran away from home in his teens, worked as a hat salesman and as a utility boy, and eventually adapted his middle name "Edwin" into his new stage name, "Ed Wynn", to save his family the embarrassment of having a lowly comedian as a relative.
Charlie was first, and correct, with:
Ed Wynn. Forgot all about him.
Alan J wrote:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
That's the actor and comedian Ed Wynn, father of Keenan Wynn. I don't recall much of his work; maybe because his I was a child when he died.
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Leave 'Em Laughing Lois Of Oregon said:
Wow, all roads lead to the "Twilight Zone", don't they! Ed
Wynn was in the one inspired by the depressing song we had
to learn at Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School back in
'62 about the guy whose clock stopped when he died. Or maybe
the damn clock killed him. Can't remember. Oh, and Ed Wynn
made a stage name of his middle name! Genius idea! My stage
name will be Eve On! Soon as I get an act. And talent.
Honestly though, I'd never given Mr. Wynn much thought, or
any at all, and had always confused him with the guy who
played the Cowardly Lion (wait, WAS that him?) but in
researching this trivia question, learned he'd been copied
by no less than "Monty Python" with their "and now for
something completely different" which was totally stolen
from Ed's "Tonight Graham, the show's gonna be different".
Also loved his quote; "A comic says funny things. A comedian
says things funny". He is now one of my heroes!
DJ Useo responded:
Ha! The answer is contained in the question. Ed Wynn!
Sometimes I enjoy old time radio shows from before television,
so I know who he is, & why people lol'ed at him.
I regard him as someone worth the time to enjoy.
Here he is on Camel's Comedy Caravan with the Three Stooges.
Here he is on Whats My Line? - ( I love What's My Line? )
MAM , wrote:
Ed Wynn ~ Characterized by his distinctive giggly wavering voice. Fondly remembered in such films as "The Absent-Minded Professor," "Babes in Toyland," and "Mary Poppins." (Uncle Albert) His role in "The Diary of Anne Frank" won him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor in 1959.
His son, Keenan, in "Dr. Strangelove" and "Greatest Story Ever Told".
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On a RERUNDave (from 3/18/15) are Norm Macdonald and Theo James.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE (from 3/25/15) are Kevin Hart, Will Ferrell, and Leon Bridges.
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Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Will Forte, Adam Horovitz, and Jeremy Wade.
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On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 3/12/15) are President Barack Obama, and Sean Penn.
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[9:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 19 - Lessons
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[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 4 - The Time of Angels
[12:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 5 - Flesh and Stone
[1:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 6 - Vampires in Venice
[2:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited US - Season 3 - Ep 1 - Revisited: Mojito's, The Junction, Bazzini
[3:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 5 - Hot Potato Cafe
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 14 - The Icarcus Factor
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 15 - Pen Pals
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 16 - Q Who
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 17 - Samaritan Snare
[8:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 18 - Up the Long Ladder
[9:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 19 - Manhunt
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FX has the movie 'Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs', followed by the movie 'Ice Age: Continental Drift', then the movie 'Ice Age: Continental Drift'.
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Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he doesn't owe Stephen King an apology.
The governor responded to a question about the spat during a public discussion by saying he never stated King moved to Florida to dodge income taxes. Instead, he contends he said King is "not in Maine right now."
The governor referenced King during a radio address after noting that former Gov. Kenneth Curtis moved to Florida "where there is zero income tax." He said King "moved away as well."
The reference to King was later removed from a transcript of the address.
King, who lives in Bangor and pays Maine income taxes, demanded an apology. He said of LePage in an email Thursday: "I repeat: He's not man enough to admit he made a mistake."
Cast members Christopher Plummer (L) and Julie Andrews pose during the 50th anniversary screening of musical drama film "The Sound of Music" at the opening night gala of the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles, California March 26, 2015.
Photo by Kevork Djansezian
A grand manor will close its doors to millions of weekly guests after "Downton Abbey" concludes next year.
Producers of the popular British period drama on Thursday confirmed it will end after its sixth season, scheduled to air in the United States in early 2016. The series, which airs earlier in the U.K., will have its finale on Christmas Day, 2015.
"Our feeling is that it's good to quit while you're ahead," executive producer Gareth Neame said during a conference call. "We feel the show is in incredibly strong shape, the scripts that we're working on for the upcoming season are fantastic, and the show is so popular globally. But the danger with this sort of thing is to let it go on forever."
He said the decision to wrap was made by him and Julian Fellowes (who created the series and has written every episode) in conjunction with the cast.
A maligned monarch found under a parking lot was buried in pomp Thursday, as Britain embraced comeback King Richard III, a long-reviled ruler who is experiencing a remarkable posthumous renaissance.
Royalty, religious leaders and actor Benedict Cumberbatch joined archaeologists, Richard's distant relatives and curious Britons for a service in Leicester Cathedral that saw the king's bones buried with dignity, 530 years after his violent death.
"Richard's posthumous reputation has been less than glorious," Gordon Campbell, the University of Leicester's public orator, noted with understatement about a man whose name was long a byword for villainy.
But now, Campbell said, he has "the greatest following of all English monarchs" apart from Queen Elizabeth II.
Actor Ben Affleck, actress Jennifer Garner and their daughter Violet Affleck leave after a Senate Appropriations State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on "Diplomacy, Development, and National Security" on Capitol Hill in Washington March 26, 2015.
Photo by Yuri Gripas
A hunter who paid $350,000 last year at a Dallas auction for a license to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia will be able to bring home a trophy despite protests from animal rights groups that said the sale was immoral.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Thursday it had found that $550,000 in proceeds generated from two planned hunts in the southern African country will go to conservation and granted permits for them, including the one sold at the Texas auction.
Animal protection groups said the decision sends the wrong message.
"When the global community is working so hard to stop people from killing rhinos for their horns, we are giving a stamp of approval to a special class of privileged elite to kill these majestic animals as a head-hunting exercise," the Humane Society of the United States said in a statement on Thursday.
The United States military dropped 60,000 copies of a graphic leaflet near the northern Syrian city of Raqqah that depict potential Islamic State recruits being fed into a meat grinder.
The leaflets, part of an information campaign to discourage people from joining the extremist group, were dropped in a canister by an F-15 fighter jet last week.
""The message of this leaflet is, if you allow yourself to be recruited by Daesh, you will find yourself in a meat grinder. And it's not beneficial to your health," said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman who released a copy of the leaflet Thursday in response to media requests. Daesh is the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.
The gruesome drawing shows seven young men standing in a line under a sign that says Daesh Recruiting Office.
A man with a monster face is beckoning the first man in line, who has a frightened look on his face. A second man is turning the grinder while appearing to push someone into the feeder tube. Two legs are protruding from the feeder, and blood is spurting out the grinder's other end. The meat grinder is labeled as Daesh, and a sign in the corner says "Now serving 6001." The scared young man appears to be dropping a ticket that says "6001."
Actress Joan Collins stands with daughter Tara Newley as she holds her insignia of Dame Commander of the British Empire, after it was awarded to her by the Prince of Wales at an Investiture Ceremony, at Buckingham Palace in central London, March 26, 2015.
Photo by John Stillwell
Satellite data from 1994 to 2012 reveals an accelerating decline in Antarctica's massive floating ice shelves, with some shrinking 18 percent, in a development that could hasten the rise in global sea levels, scientists say.
The findings, published on Thursday in the journal Science, come amid concern among many scientists about the effects of global climate change on Earth's vast, remote polar regions.
The study relied on 18 years of continuous observations from three European Space Agency satellite missions and covered more than 415,000 square miles (1,075,000 square km).
During the study period's first half, to about 2003, the overall volume decline around Antarctica was small, with West Antarctica losses almost balanced out by gains in East Antarctica. After that, western losses accelerated and gains in the east ended.
The Crosson Ice Shelf in the Amundsen Sea and the Venable Ice Shelf in the Bellingshausen Sea, both in West Antarctica, each shrank about 18 percent during the study period.
Two of the most destructive termites species in the world are mating in South Florida, producing hybrid colonies that are growing at twice the normal rate of other termites, scientists reported on Wednesday.
Asian and Formosan termites together are responsible for much of the estimated $40 billion in annual termite damage worldwide, and their hybrid offspring could increase the loss significantly, said Nan-Yao Su, the University of Florida entomology professor who led the study.
Su attributes the development to climate change, noting that Asian and Formosan termites used to live in separate territories and swarm at different times. By 2013, both the territory and swarming season of each species had grown to overlap, he said.
The research found that Asian male termites prefer Formosan females, and that their colonies within one year contain about 160 individuals compared to 60 in a single-species colony.
It will not be known whether the hybrid offspring are fertile or sterile until the colonies reach about five years of age, when new kings and queens typically begin to reproduce, Su said.
Kate McCarthy, Actress Barbara Tarbuck, Andrea Sherman, and Actor Hal Linden attend the "Broadway To Hollywood" Cocktail Event - Inside held at Sunset Towers on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo by Tonya Wise
Americans bought less soda for the 10th straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.
An annual report by the industry tracker Beverage Digest found that overall soda volume slipped 0.9 per cent last year, moderating from the decline of 3 per cent the previous year.
And the poor performance of diet sodas in particular led to a shake-up in the top 10 U.S. soda rankings; even though people bought less Pepsi, it managed to regain the No. 2 spot from Diet Coke, which suffered an even steeper decline. Diet Coke had knocked Pepsi off the No. 2 spot in 2010.
Coke remained by far the most popular soda in the U.S., selling about twice as much as No. 2 Pepsi.
Despite the ongoing decline of soda volume, the broader U.S. beverage industry performed better than in the previous year with growth of 1.7 per cent, according to Beverage Digest. That increase was driven by an increase in bottled water sales.
Mexican model Daniela Dominique gets her makeup done for a Shantall Lacayo fashion show, at the former convent of Regina, in Mexico City, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Nicaraguan designer Lacayo, who debuted on the international stage in the 2010 edition of Project Runway Latin America, was presenting her 2015 fall-winter collection, entitled "Dimensiones."
Photo by Rebecca Blackwell
The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.
1. Foo Fighters; $2,640,488; $82.86.
2. Fleetwood Mac; $1,799,908; $132.17.
3. Justin Timberlake; $1,609,414; $122.25.
4. Queen + Adam Lambert; $1,386,908; $112.05.
5. Enrique Iglesias / Pitbull; $1,064,038; $87.10.
6. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band; $962,978; $87.55.
7. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $793,663; $56.84.
8. Bryan Adams; $594,714; $66.54.
9. Charlie Wilson; $558,139; $66.65.
10. Eric Church; $537,588; $47.97.
11. Florida Georgia Line; $515,790; $53.06.
12. Slipknot; $509,777; $57.62.
13. André Rieu; $472,439; $95.61.
14. Sam Smith; $442,590; $56.30.
15. Jeff Dunham; $440,811; $84.98.
16. Blue Man Group; $398,833; $55.30.
17. The Black Keys; $396,060; $57.55.
18. The Tragically Hip; $381,535; $58.43.
19. John Mellencamp; $289,203; $89.70.
20. Jason Mraz; $266,530; $71.95.
Sally Forrest, an actress-dancer who graced the silver screen throughout the '40s and '50s in MGM musicals and films such as the 1956 noir "While the City Sleeps," died on March 15 at her home in Beverly Hills, California. She was 86 and had long battled cancer.
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