Ed Wynn was born November 9, 1886 – died June 19, 1966.  Wynn was a popular American comedian and actor. The distinctive giggly wavering voice which Wynn created for his “Perfect Fool” character remains much imitated, especially by voice actors of animated cartoons. Hanna-Barbera’s Wally Gator’s voice is probably the nearest to an exact impersonation of the Perfect Fool. Born Isaiah Edwin Leopold in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he ran away from home in his teens and eventually adapted his middle name “Edwin” into his new stage name, “Ed Wynn”, to save his family the embarrassment of having a low comedian as a relative. In his youth, Wynn worked as an onstage assistant to W. C. Fields. Fields caught him “mugging” for the audience during his “Pool Room” routine and knocked him unconscious with his cue. Wynn became a headliner in vaudeville in the early-1910s, and was a star of the Ziegfeld Follies starting in 1914. He was best known as a comedian, billed as The Perfect Fool (and starring in a musical revue of that name on Broadway in 1921).  Wynn also wrote, directed, and produced many shows.  In the late-1940s and early-1950s, he hosted a television show, and won an Emmy Award in 1949. After the end of his television show, Wynn reluctantly began a career as a dramatic actor in television and movies.  Requiem established Wynn as serious dramatic actor who could easily hold his own with the best. His role in The Diary of Anne Frank won him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor in 1959. Also in 1959, Wynn appeared on Serling’s TV series The Twilight Zone in “One for the Angels”. Serling, a longtime admirer, had written that and another episode especially for him, and Wynn later starred in the episode “Ninety Years Without Slumbering”. 

For the rest of his life, Ed skillfully moved between comic and dramatic roles. He appeared in feature films and anthology television, endearing himself to new generations of fans. Wynn provided the voice of the Mad Hatter in Walt Disney’s film, Alice in Wonderland and appeared as the Fairy Godfather in Jerry Lewis’ Cinderfella. In the movie, That Darn Cat!(1965) Ed played Mr. Hofstedder, the watch jeweler. One of his best-known performances during later years was as “Uncle Albert” in Mary Poppins. In addition to Disney films, Wynn was a popular character in the Disneyland production The Golden Horseshoe Review. The last movie that he appeared in was The Gnome-Mobile (1967) in which he plays the character Rufus. Ed Wynn died June 19, 1966 in Beverly Hills, California of throat cancer, aged 79.


Original Ed Wynn Autographed Photo, Signed Sincerly Ed Wynn 1931. Size 8 x 10 Black and White Photo. Also included is a cigar band(my father regularly asked for a cigar band along with an autograph – this is a cigar band from one of Ed Wynn’s Cigars). Regular Price – $ 1195.00 / Sale Price – $ 495.00.

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