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Edgar Kennedy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Edgar Livingston Kennedy (April 26, 1890 – November 9, 1948) was an American comedic film character actor, known as "Slow Burn". A slow burn is an exasperated facial expression, performed very deliberately; Kennedy embellished this by rubbing his hand over his bald head and across his face, in an attempt to hold his temper. Kennedy is best known for a small role as a lemonade vendor in the Marx Brothers film Duck Soup, as well as the many Hal Roach films he appeared in. Kennedy became so identified with frustration that practically every studio hired him to play hotheads. He often played dumb cops, detectives, and even a prison warden; sometimes he was a grouchy moving man, truck driver, or blue-collar workman. His character usually lost his temper at least once. In Diplomaniacs, Kennedy presides over an international tribunal, where Wheeler & Woolsey want to do something about world peace. "Well, ya can't do anything about it here", yells Kennedy, "this is a peace conference!" Kennedy, established as the poster boy for frustration, even starred in an instructional film titled The Other Fellow, in which loudmouthed roadhog Edgar always vents his anger on other drivers (each one played by Kennedy as well), little realizing that, to them, he is "the other fellow." Perhaps his most unusual roles were as a puppeteer in the detective mystery The Falcon Strikes Back and as a philosophical bartender inspired to create exotic cocktails in Harold Lloyd's last film, The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947). He also played comical detectives opposite two titans of acting: John Barrymore in Twentieth Century (1934) and Rex Harrison in Unfaithfully Yours (1948); in the latter, he tells conductor Harrison that "Nobody handles Handel like you handle Handel." Kennedy died of throat cancer at the Motion Picture Hospital, San Fernando Valley on 9 November 1948. His body was interred at the Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California.

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Apr 26, 1890 In Monterey, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Rural Third Degree 1913-03-06
Latest Project:
Movie 'Taint Legal 2022
Known For
Poster of Unfaithfully Yours
Poster of Yours for the Asking
Poster of Duck Soup
Poster of The Trouble With Wives
Movie 'Taint Legal Edgar 2022
Movie When Comedy Was King edited from 'A Pair of Tights' (archive footage) 1960-03-29
Movie The Golden Age of Comedy Unknown 1957-12-26
Movie My Dream Is Yours Uncle Charlie 1949-04-15
Movie Brother Knows Best Edgar Kennedy 1948-01-02
Movie Dig That Gold Edgar Kennedy 1948-06-25
Movie Variety Time Edgar Kennedy (footage from 'I'll Build It Myself') (archive footage) 1948-08-21
Movie Unfaithfully Yours Sweeney 1948-12-10
Movie Contest Crazy Edgar 1948-10-01
Movie Do or Diet Edgar 1947-02-10
Movie Heaven Only Knows Judd 1947-09-12
Movie The Sin of Harold Diddlebock Jake the Bartender 1947-04-04
Movie Trouble or Nothing Edgar 1946-01-25
Movie Motor Maniacs Edgar Kennedy 1946-07-26
Movie I'll Build It Myself Edgar 1946-10-18
Movie What, No Cigarettes Edgar Kennedy 1945-07-13
Movie It's Your Move Edgar Kennedy 1945-08-10
Movie Anchors Aweigh Police Captain 1945-08-13
Movie The Big Beef Edgar Kennedy 1945-10-19
Movie You Drive Me Crazy Edgar 1945-09-07
Movie Prunes and Politics Edgar 1944-01-07
Movie Radio Rampage Edgar 1944-03-28
Movie Feather Your Nest Edgar 1944-10-23
Movie It Happened Tomorrow Insp. Mulrooney 1944-03-31
Movie The Great Alaskan Mystery Bosun Higgins 1944-04-25
Movie The Falcon Strikes Back Smiley Dugan 1943-04-01
Movie Air Raid Wardens Joe Bledsoe 1943-04-04
Movie Cosmo Jones, Crime Smasher Police Chief Murphy 1943-01-29
Movie Hold Your Temper Edgar 1943-02-05
Movie Hot Foot Edgar 1943-05-15
Movie Crazy House Judge 1943-10-08
Movie The Girl from Monterrey Doc Hogan, Fight Promoter 1943-10-04
Movie Hitler's Madman Nepomuk - the Hermit 1943-06-10
Movie Pardon My Stripes Warden Bingham 1942-01-26
Movie Private Snuffy Smith Sgt. Ed Cooper 1942-01-16
Movie Rough on Rents Edgar Kennedy 1942-01-01
Movie In Old California Kegs McKeever 1942-05-31
Movie There's One Born Every Minute Mayor Moe Carson 1942-06-26
Movie Duck Soup Edgar 1942-12-18
Movie Cooks and Crooks Edgar 1942-06-05
Movie Hillbilly Blitzkrieg Sgt. Homer Gatling 1942-08-14
Movie Westward Ho-Hum Edgar 1941-09-15
Movie An Apple in His Eye Edgar Kennedy 1941-06-06
Movie Blondie in Society Dr. Glenn 1941-07-17
Movie I'll Fix It Edgar 1941-10-07
Movie A Quiet Fourth Edgar 1941-12-19
Movie Gangs Of The City Biff 1941-10-30
Movie Margie Chauncey 1940-09-01
Movie Sunk by the Census Edgar 1940-08-06
Movie Mutiny in the County Edgar Kennedy 1940-05-03
Movie Sandy Is a Lady Officer Rafferty 1940-05-21
Movie Dr. Christian Meets the Women George Browning 1940-08-05
Movie The Quarterback Pops 1940-10-15
Movie A Trailer Tragedy Edgar Kennedy 1940-10-17
Movie Drafted in the Depot Edgar Kennedy 1940-12-20
Movie Li'l Abner Cornelius Cornpone 1940-11-09
Movie Remedy for Riches George Browning 1940-11-29
Movie Sandy Gets Her Man Fire Chief Galvin 1940-11-08
Movie Who Killed Aunt Maggie? Sheriff Gregory 1940-11-01
Movie It's a Wonderful World Lieutenant Miller 1939-05-19
Movie Baby Daze Edgar Kennedy 1939-05-18
Movie Everything's on Ice Joe Barton 1939-10-05
Movie Clock Wise Edgar 1939-03-24
Movie Maid to Order Edgar 1939-09-27
Movie Charlie McCarthy, Detective Inspector Dailey 1939-12-22
Movie Laugh It Off Judge John J. McGuinnis 1939-12-01
Movie Kennedy the Great Edgar Kennedy 1939-12-08
Movie Little Accident Paper Hanger 1939-10-26
Movie The Black Doll Sheriff Renick 1938-01-31
Movie Ears of Experience Edgar 1938-01-28
Movie Scandal Street Daniel Webster Smith 1938-02-11
Movie Hey! Hey! USA Bugs Leary 1938-10-01
Movie A Clean Sweep Edgar 1938-12-02
Movie Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus Arthur Bailey 1938-12-02
Movie Beaux and Errors Edgar Kennedy 1938-10-05
Movie A Star Is Born Pop Randall the Landlord 1937-04-27
Movie Bad Housekeeping Edgar 1937-03-05
Movie The Other Fellow Unknown 1937-01-23
Movie Dumb's the Word Edgar Kennedy 1937-06-11
Movie When's Your Birthday? Mr. Basscombe 1937-02-19
Movie Edgar & Goliath Edgar 1937-11-19
Movie True Confession Darsey 1937-12-24
Movie Super-Sleuth Police Lt. Garrison 1937-07-16
Movie Hollywood Hotel Callaghan 1937-12-20
Movie Tramp Trouble Edgar 1937-08-07
Movie Double Wedding Spike 1937-10-15
Movie Fatal Lady Rudolf Hochstetter 1936-05-15
Movie Small Town Girl Captain Mack 1936-04-10
Movie Will Power Edgar Kennedy 1936-03-05
Movie San Francisco Sheriff 1936-06-26
Movie Robin Hood of El Dorado Sheriff Judd 1936-03-17
Movie Gasoloons Edgar Kennedy 1936-01-03
Movie Dummy Ache Edgar 1936-07-10
Movie Mad Holiday Donovan 1936-11-13
Movie Three Men on a Horse Harry, the Bartender 1936-11-21
Movie Vocalizing Edgar Kennedy 1936-10-23
Movie Yours for the Asking Bicarbonate 1936-07-23
Movie The Cowboy Millionaire Willy 'Persimmon' Bates 1935-04-25
Movie Living on Velvet Counterman 1935-03-02
Movie Brick-a-Brac Edgar 1935-01-18
Movie Edgar Hamlet Edgar 1935-07-04
Movie Rendezvous at Midnight Mahoney 1935-02-11
Movie A Night at the Biltmore Bowl Edgar Kennedy 1935-06-21
Movie The Bride Comes Home Henry 1935-12-25
Movie Little Big Shot Onderdonk 1935-09-07
Movie $1000 a Minute Police Officer McCarthy 1935-10-21
Movie Woman Wanted Sweeney 1935-08-02
Movie In Love at 40 Edgar Kennedy 1935-08-29
Movie Wrong Direction Edgar, Movie Director 1934-05-18
Movie Murder on the Blackboard Detective Donahue 1934-06-15
Movie Twentieth Century Oscar McGonigle 1934-05-11
Movie Money Means Nothing Herbert Green 1934-06-14
Movie Heat Lightning Herbert - the Husband 1934-03-01
Movie All of Me Guard (uncredited) 1934-02-01
Movie We're Rich Again Healy, Process Server 1934-07-13
Movie Love on a Ladder Edgar 1934-03-18
Movie The Marines Are Coming Sgt. Buck Martin 1934-11-19
Movie Flirting with Danger Jimmie Pierson 1934-12-01
Movie A Blasted Event Unknown 1934-09-06
Movie Poisoned Ivory Edgar Kennedy 1934-11-16
Movie The Silver Streak O'Brien 1934-12-21
Movie Kid Millions Herman Wilson 1934-11-10
Movie King Kelly of the U.S.A. Happy Moran 1934-09-15
Movie Gridiron Flash Officer Thurston 1934-10-06
Movie Son of the Border Windy 1933-05-05
Movie Cross Fire Ed Wimpy 1933-05-28
Movie Professional Sweetheart Tim Kelsey 1933-06-09
Movie Scarlet River Sam Gilroy 1933-03-10
Movie Art in the Raw Unknown 1933-02-23
Movie A Merchant of Menace Edgar 1933-04-20
Movie Diplomaniacs Chairman - Peace Conference 1933-04-28
Movie King for a Night Cop 1933-12-09
Movie Good Housewrecking Unknown 1933-06-15
Movie What Fur Edgar 1933-11-03
Movie Duck Soup Street Vendor 1933-11-12
Movie Tillie and Gus Judge 1933-10-13
Movie Quiet Please! Edgar Kennedy 1933-08-10
Movie Westward Passage Elmer 1932-05-27
Movie Carnival Boat Baldy 1932-03-19
Movie Hold 'Em Jail Warden Elmer Jones 1932-09-16
Movie Penguin Pool Murder Officer Donovan 1932-12-09
Movie Fish Feathers Edgar Kennedy 1932-12-16
Movie Little Orphan Annie Daddy Warbucks 1932-11-04
Movie Rockabye Water Wagon Driver (uncredited) 1932-11-25
Movie Next Door Neighbors Howard J. Green 1931-01-28
Movie High Gear Cop 1931-02-28
Movie Help Wanted, Female Unknown 1931-01-21
Movie Bad Company Buffington-Doorman 1931-11-08
Movie Love Fever Thelma's Last Rescuer 1931-04-11
Movie Quick Millions Cop (uncredited) 1931-04-17
Movie The First Seven Years Kennedy the Cop 1930-03-01
Movie The Big Kick Detective 1930-03-29
Movie Thieves Unknown 1930-02-07
Movie La estación de gasolina Detective 1930-03-29
Movie When The Wind Blows The Policeman 1930-04-05
Movie Night Owls Officer Kennedy 1930-01-04
Movie The Head Guy Station Master Kennedy (uncredited) 1930-01-11
Movie The Real McCoy Cicero the Cop 1930-02-01
Movie Shivering Shakespeare Kennedy the Cop 1930-01-25
Movie Bigger and Better Uncle Ed Sutton 1930-10-24
Movie Looser Than Loose Night Club Patron 1930-11-15
Movie All Teed Up Thelma's Father 1930-04-18
Movie Dollar Dizzy Quimby the Lawyer (uncredited) 1930-10-03
Movie Ladies Last Man in Phone Booth 1930-12-06
Movie Fifty Million Husbands Officer Kennedy 1930-05-23
Movie Girl Shock Fiancee's Father 1930-08-23
Movie Doctor's Orders Mary's Father / Gertie's Uncle 1930-09-12
Movie Hurdy Gurdy Officer Ed Kennedy 1929-05-10
Movie Dad's Day Michael Kennedy 1929-07-06
Movie Madame Q Unknown 1929-06-08
Movie A Pair of Tights Marion's Boyfriend's Boss 1929-02-03
Movie Perfect Day Uncle Edgar 1929-08-10
Movie Going Ga-Ga Cop 1929-01-05
Movie Why Is a Plumber? Unknown 1929-03-30
Movie Unaccustomed as We Are Officer Kennedy 1929-05-04
Movie Moan and Groan Kennedy the Cop 1929-12-07
Movie Angora Love Landlord 1929-12-14
Movie Hotter Than Hot Unknown 1929-08-17
Movie Bacon Grabbers Collis P. Kennedy 1929-10-19
Movie Welcome Danger SFPD Desk Sergeant (uncredited) 1929-10-12
Movie Crazy Feet Policeman 1929-09-07
Movie They Had to See Paris Ed Eggers 1929-09-18
Movie The Finishing Touch Cop (as Ed Kennedy) 1928-02-25
Movie Leave 'Em Laughing Cop 1928-01-28
Movie Dumb Daddies The Cop 1928-02-03
Movie Limousine Love The Husband, Mr Glenders 1928-04-13
Movie Should Married Men Go Home? Golfer (uncredited) 1928-09-08
Movie The Boy Friend The Cop 1928-11-10
Movie Feed 'em and Weep Unknown 1928-12-08
Movie Two Tars Motorist 1928-11-03
Movie Finger Prints O.K. McDuff (as Ed Kennedy) 1927-01-08
Movie The Wrong Mr. Wright Trayguard 1927-02-27
Movie My Old Dutch Bill Sproat 1926-05-23
Movie Across the Pacific Cpl. Ryan 1926-10-02
Movie Going Crooked Detective 1926-12-12
Movie The Better 'Ole Corporal Austin 1926-10-23
Movie Paths to Paradise Detective (uncredited) 1925-06-28
Movie The Trouble With Wives Detective (as Edward Kennedy) 1925-09-28
Movie Wall Street Blues The Crook 1924-08-09
Movie The Guide An American Tourist 1921-05-11
Movie Four Times Foiled Unknown 1920-01-11
Movie The Adventures of Daredevil Jack Unknown 1920-06-30
Movie Yankee Doodle in Berlin German Prison Guard (uncredited) 1919-03-02
Movie Hearts and Flowers Pete 1919-06-22
Movie She Loved Him Plenty Unknown 1918-08-11
Movie His Bitter Pill Diamond Dan - Jim's Rival 1916-04-30
Movie Madcap Ambrose A City Chap 1916-07-16
Movie A Scoundrel's Toll Peter X. Bush - Streetcar Superintendent 1916-09-17
Movie Bombs! Tony Peanutty - Italian Ward Leader 1916-10-07
Movie That Little Band Of Gold Diner / Man in Audience (uncredited) 1915-03-14
Movie Fatty's New Role Handout-Giver (uncredited) 1915-02-01
Movie Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Exposition 1st Street Crowd Participant (uncredited) 1915-01-23
Movie Mabel and Fatty's Wash Day The cafe waiter (uncredited) 1915-01-14
Movie His Luckless Love The Maid's Boyfriend 1915-03-18
Movie Fatty’s Reckless Fling Neighbor 1915-03-04
Movie Fatty's Tintype Tangle Edgar 1915-07-26
Movie Wished on Mabel Cop 1915-04-19
Movie Fatty’s Plucky Pup Shell Game Operator 1915-06-27
Movie Miss Fatty's Seaside Lovers Suitor 1915-05-14
Movie Mabel’s Wilful Way Fatty's Pal 1915-05-01
Movie The Star Boarder Landlady's Husband 1914-04-04
Movie Cruel, Cruel Love Butler 1914-03-26
Movie Twenty Minutes of Love Lover 1914-04-20
Movie His Favorite Pastime Tough Guy in Bar 1914-03-16
Movie Mabel at the Wheel Spectator in Grandstand (uncredited) 1914-04-18
Movie A Bath House Beauty Jealous Boyfriend 1914-04-12
Movie Making a Living Wreck Bystander (uncredited) 1914-02-02
Movie In the Clutches of the Gang Cop 1914-01-17
Movie A Flirt's Mistake Rajah 1914-01-12
Movie Rebecca's Wedding Day The Groom 1914-01-24
Movie A Thief Catcher Crook (uncredited) 1914-02-19
Movie A Film Johnnie Director (uncredited) 1914-03-02
Movie Tango Tangles Dance Hall Manager (uncredited) 1914-03-09
Movie Caught in a Cabaret Cafe Proprietor (uncredited) 1914-04-27
Movie The Noise of Bombs Police Chief 1914-11-19
Movie Tillie's Punctured Romance Restaurant owner / Banks' butler (uncredited) 1914-11-14
Movie Leading Lizzie Astray The Slicker's Chauffeur 1914-11-30
Movie Ambrose's First Falsehood Café Proprietor 1914-12-12
Movie The Knockout Cyclone Flynn (uncredited) 1914-06-11
Movie An Incompetent Hero Fatty's Neighbor 1914-11-12
Movie Getting Acquainted Policeman 1914-12-05
Movie "Curses!" They Remarked Ethel's Former Boyfriend 1914-11-05
Movie Mabel's Busy Day Tough Hot Dog Customer (uncredited) 1914-06-13
Movie He Loved the Ladies Unknown 1914-09-21
Movie The Rounders (uncredited) 1914-09-07
Movie Gentlemen of Nerve Policeman 1914-10-29
Movie Dough and Dynamite Striking Baker 1914-10-26
Movie Rastus and the Game Cock Spectator 1913-07-03
Movie Peeping Pete The Cop 1913-06-22
Movie Safe in Jail 1st Crook 1913-07-07
Movie A Noise from the Deep Unknown 1913-07-17
Movie Love and Rubbish 1st Cop 1913-07-14
Movie Bangville Police 3rd Deputy 1913-04-24
Movie The Riot Cop 1913-08-07
Movie The Rural Third Degree Cop 1913-03-06
Movie Their First Execution Unknown 1913-05-14
Movie The Gangsters Henchman 1913-05-29
Movie Fatty Joins the Force Jealous Cop 1913-11-23
Movie A Muddy Romance Water Policeman 1913-11-19
Movie A Ride for a Bride Mustached Man 1913-12-08
Movie The Gusher Cop (uncredited) 1913-12-14
Movie Zuzu, the Band Leader Caesar - Zuzu's Rival 1913-12-24
Movie The Speed Kings Laughing Spectator 1913-10-30
Movie A Quiet Little Wedding Wedding Guest 1913-10-23
Movie Mabel's Dramatic Career Audience Member / Cop in Movie 1913-09-08
Movie Mother's Boy Mug 1913-09-25
Movie The Bowling Match Bowling Alley Operator 1913-09-29
Movie Mabel's New Hero Cop 1913-08-27