Isaiah Edwin Leopold was born November 9, 1886 in Philadephia, Pennsylvania. He left home in his teens and adopted the stage name "Ed Winn", which is his middle name broke in two.
Vaudeville was where he made his first major breakthrough in preforming. He traveled with the likes…more
When Ed Wynn died, fellow comedian Red Skelton said, "His death was the first time that Ed Wynn ever made anyone sad".
Ed had the cover photo on "Life" magazine in Oct 1950.
Ed was nominated once by the Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in the movie, "Diary of Anne Frank".
Ed organized an actors' strike in 1919. This was fourteen years before actors would have a formal union with the Screen Actors Guild.
Ed preformed with his son Keenan Wynn twice. First in Rod Sterling's "Requiem for a Heavyweight" and then in "Son of Flubber".
Ed attended Central High in Philadelphia, though never finished.
Ed was awarded The Mouscar after "Babes in Toyland" was completed.
Ed is the grandfather of actors Ned Wynn and Tracy Keenan Wynn.
The epitaph on his niche at Forest Lawn, Glendale, CA reads: "Dear God, Thank You."
He stood exactly 6ft tall.
Ed ran away from home at the age of 15.
During his career Ed was nominated four times for an Emmy, but only won once in 1950 Emmy for Most Outstanding Live Personality.
Ed suffered from a nervous breakdown after several of his business ventures collapsed in the 1930s.
Ed has a total of three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; 6420 Hollywood Blvd for his television career, 1541 Vine Street for his movie career and 6333 Hollywood Boulevard for his radio career.
Ed was married three times; Hilda Keenan 1914-1937, Frieda Mierse 1937-39 and Dorothy Elizabeth Nesbitt 1946-1955.
Ed is buried at Daffodil Corridor, Great Mausoleum, Forest Lawn, Glendale, California.
Ed suffered from Parkinsons Disease in later life.
Ed is the father of actor Keenan Wynn.
Ed: A bachelor is a man who never makes the same mistake once.
Ed: Every radish I ever pulled up seemed to have a mortgage attached to it.
Ed: I've found a formula for avoiding these exaggerated fears of age; you take care of every day - let the calendar take care of the years.
Ed: (about performing in radio) If I go on the air I've got to have an audience. If I am to get raspberries I want them immediately and not three weeks later, in the mail from Sioux City.
Ed: (On Humor) I can't give you a definition. It is too subtle to be pinned down. I can say that it differs from wit, which exaggerates the truth, while humor presents the truth in an original way.
Ed: (His famous exit line) I'll be back in a flash with more trash.
Ed: Wasn't it Whistler who said that a great painter was one who could hide the effort which he put into his work? The same thing goes for gags. It often takes hours to think up something that is said in seconds.
Ed: A comedian says funny things. A comic says things funny.