Everett Sloane was born October 1, 1909 in New York City, New York. From an early age, he found that he loved to act. He appeared on stage for the first time at seven years old. He graduated from high school, and attended the University of Pennsylvania, but eventually, he dropped out of college to pursue his acting career. He landed some minor parts, but was plagued by bad reviews of his performances. Due to this, he took a job as a runner on Wall Street. Unfortunately, the Stock Market Crash of 1929 left Sloane unemployed, so he returned to finding acting roles to survive. He got a job voicing characters on radio, and found great success in it. Soon he landed his most memorable role, as Mr. Bernstein in Orson Welles' 1941 film Citizen Kane. From there, Sloane appeared in several successful films, and lent his voice to successful cartoons. Unfortunately, in 1955, Sloane took his own life, because he feared he was going blind.