Eddie Acuff

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Eddie Acuff
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Acuff in What Price Vengeance (1937)
Edward DeKalb Acuff

(1903-06-03)June 3, 1903
DiedDecember 17, 1956(1956-12-17) (aged 53)
Resting place Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery
Years active19321952

Edward DeKalb Acuff (June 3, 1903 December 17, 1956) was an American stage and film actor. He frequently was cast as a droll comic relief, in the support of the star. His best-known recurring role is that of Mr. Beasley, the postman, in the Blondie movie series that starred Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake. [1]


Early years

Acuff was born in Caruthersville, Missouri. [2] He was the son of DeKalb Acuff (1880-1916) [3] and his wife Grace (later known as Mrs. H. N. Arnold),. [4]


Before beginning his Hollywood film career in 1934, Acuff performed in Broadway theatre in the early-1930s. His Broadway credits include Jayhawker (1934), Yellow Jack (1934), John Brown (1934), Growing Pains (1933), Heat Lightning (1933), and The Dark Hours (1932). [5]

In 1935, Warner Bros. signed Acuff to a long-term contract and scheduled him to debut on film in Anchors Aweigh. [6] He had a recurring role as the postman in the Blondie film series. [7] Acuff was seen in three film serials — as Curly in Jungle Girl, as Red Kelly in Daredevils of the West, and as Spud Warner in Chick Carter Detective. [8]


On December 17, 1956, Acuff died of a heart attack [2] in Hollywood, California. He is buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery. [9]



1934 Here Comes the Navy Marine OrderlyUncredited
1935Mr. WidgetShort Film; uncredited
Shipmates Forever Lincoln 'Cowboy'
I Found Stella Parish Dimmie
Miss Pacific Fleet Clarence 'Dutch'
1936 The Petrified Forest Lineman
The Walking Dead Betcha
Boulder Dam Ed Harper
Colleen Uncredited
The Law in Her Hands Eddie O'Malley
The Golden Arrow Davis
Crash Donovan Alabam
Jailbreak Sig Patton
The Case of the Velvet Claws Spudsy Drake
Yellowstone Desk ClerkUncredited
Laughing at Trouble Jamie BradfordCredited as Edward Acuff
Let's Make a Million Uncredited
1937 Guns of the Pecos Ranger Jeff Carter
Black Legion Metcalf
The Outer Gate Todd ShannonCredited as Edward Acuff
The Go Getter Bob Blair
What Price Vengeance Tex McGirk
The Singing Marine Sam
They Won't Forget Drugstore Clerk
Talent Scout Musselman - WriterUncredited
Back in Circulation Murphy
Love Is on the Air 'Dunk' Glover
Missing Witnesses Detective PeteUncredited
She Loved a Fireman Skillet Michaels
Hollywood Hotel Cameraman
1938 The Invisible Menace Corporal Sanger
Law of the Underworld Bill
Gangs of New York MotoristUncredited
Ladies in Distress Horace - First Thug
Young Fugitives LoaferUncredited
The Chaser PhotographerUncredited
Smashing the Rackets Joe - HoodlumCredited as Edward Acuff
Four Daughters Sam
Youth Takes a Fling Bum
King of Alcatraz StewardUncredited
How to Watch FootballYelling Fan Next to BenchleyShort Film; uncredited
Rhythm of the Saddle Dixie Erwin
The Cowboy and the Lady Bus DriverUncredited
His Exciting Night ReporterUncredited
Next Time I Marry Gas Station AttendantUncredited
Road Demon SmittyUncredited
Ride a Crooked Mile Airplane PilotUncredited
1939 Fighting Thoroughbreds Uncredited
The Phantom Creeps Mac - AMI Agent
The Mysterious Miss X Pete - Policeman
Ambush Bus ConductorUncredited
Wings of the Navy ReporterUncredited
Persons in Hiding CollinsUncredited
High PerilShort Film
Society Smugglers Radio Technician
Blondie Meets the Boss Pots and Pans PeddlerUncredited
Rough Riders' Round-up Tommy Ward
Winner Take All SecondUncredited
Blind Alley State Trooper Stopping FredUncredited
Help WantedWorkmanShort Film; uncredited
The Cowboy Quarterback Airplane Pilot
Miracles for Sale Second Taxi DriverUncredited
When Tomorrow Comes Second Bus DriverUncredited
Flight at Midnight Stubby - Passenger Plane PilotUncredited
Two Bright Boys Washburn
Espionage Agent Uncredited
Hero for a Day Eddie GibbonsUncredited
On Dress Parade Fort Lewis SergeantUncredited
The Roaring Twenties CabbieUncredited
Too Busy to Work Stage Manager
Meet Dr. Christian Benson
Days of Jesse James Train ConductorUncredited
Lawyer Woman
1940 Oh, Johnny, How You Can Love! Motorcycle CopUncredited
Cafe Hostess Scotty
Honeymoon Deferred Cab DriverUncredited
Castle on the Hudson BillUncredited
Charlie Chan in Panama SailorUncredited
Ma! He's Making Eyes at Me Counter ManUncredited
It's a Date Ship's StewardUncredited
Star Dust Mike, Dallas StagehandUncredited
Shooting High Andy Carson
Enemy Agent Federal Agent Posing as DrunkUncredited
Buck Benny Rides Again Truck DriverUncredited
Flight Angels Mechanic with AppleUncredited
Sailor's Lady Guide
Manhattan Heartbeat First MechanicUncredited
Girls of the Road Bartley - Bus DriverUncredited
They Drive by Night Driver in CaféUncredited
The Boys from Syracuse Taxi Cab Driver
The Secret Seven DriverUncredited
Money and the Woman Mr. JonesUncredited
Flowing Gold Shorty SmithUncredited
Dr. Kildare Goes Home Clifford Genet - OrderlyUncredited
Spring Parade EarlUncredited
So You Won't Talk LoungerUncredited
The Villain Still Pursued Her JoeUncredited
Slightly Tempted Hartman - PolicemanUncredited
One Night in the Tropics First S.S. Atlantica StewardUncredited
Gallant Sons Taxi DriverScenes deleted
The Bank Dick ReporterUncredited
Dr. Kildare's Crisis Clifford Genet - Window CleanerUncredited
The Border Legion Ticket AgentUncredited
Texas Rangers Ride Again Bud - Ranger StenographerUncredited
The Green Hornet Strikes Again! Lowery - a Reporter
1941 Robin Hood of the Pecos Sam Starr
Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga Steward
High Sierra Bus DriverUncredited
Arkansas Judge TownsmanUncredited
Back Street AndyUncredited
Ride, Kelly, Ride Roy WallUncredited
Blondie Goes Latin Cab DriverUncredited
The Great Train Robbery TelegrapherUncredited
Here Comes Happiness Bill
Dutiful But Dumb Headquarters Guard - Right of DoorShort film; uncredited
Mr. District Attorney CabbieUncredited
Model Wife Undetermined RoleUncredited
The Wagons Roll at Night Pickpocket VictimUncredited
The People vs. Dr. Kildare Clifford Genet
The Great American Broadcast Jimmy
Broadway Limited Engineer's AssistantUncredited
Jungle Girl Curly Rogers
A Very Young Lady Sheriff Bill StoneUncredited
Bad Men of Missouri Peg LegUncredited
Rags to Riches Ace
Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day Clifford Genet - OrderlyUncredited
Bad Man of Deadwood Reporter of Burns' DeathUncredited
They Died with Their Boots On Cpl. SmithUncredited
Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case Hypo
Hellzapoppin' Drafted DevilUncredited
1942 Fly-by-Night Garage AttendantUncredited
Dr. Kildare's Victory Clifford Genet
The Lady Is Willing Patrolman MurphyUncredited
What's Cookin' DoormanUncredited
Sleepytime Gal First MugUncredited
Sing Your Worries Away Tour Map SellerUncredited
True to the Army Sgt. Riggs
Who Is Hope Schuyler? Arthur GuerneyUncredited
Mississippi Gambler Everett - Desk Clerk
Take a Letter, Darling Man Who Picks TeethUncredited
In This Our Life WorkerUncredited
She's in the Army Pete
Private Buckaroo Waiter CaptainUncredited
Yankee Doodle Dandy ReporterUncredited
The Postman Didn't Ring PhotographerUncredited
Calling Dr. Gillespie Clifford Genet
Timber! ManUncredited
Blondie for Victory Husband Whose Wife Knits SocksUncredited
Pardon My Sarong Wise Guy at Gas StationUncredited
The Old Homestead PolicemanUncredited
Bells of Capistrano Mug / Sign-Poster #1Uncredited
The War Against Mrs. Hadley Soldier in CanteenUncredited
Girl Trouble Taxi DriverUncredited
Youth on Parade CopUncredited
Army Surgeon SergeantUncredited
Fall In Sgt. ToppsUncredited
Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant Clifford Genet
The Traitor Within Tommy
1943 Slightly Dangerous Soda JerkUncredited
He Hired the Boss DriverUncredited
Good Morning, Judge Cab DriverUncredited
Daredevils of the West Red Kelly
Pilot #5 Newsreel CameramanUncredited
Hers to Hold ReporterUncredited
Headin' for God's Country Hugo Higgins
Guadalcanal Diary Pvt. Tex McIlvoyUncredited
Flesh and Fantasy CopUncredited
Swingtime Johnny WorkerUncredited
Lost Angel PolicemanUncredited
1944 Week-End Pass Waikowsky
Hat Check Honey CameramanUncredited
Four Jills in a Jeep SentryScenes deleted
It Happened Tomorrow Jim
Hey, Rookie JokesterUncredited
Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble Taxi Driver #1Uncredited
Once Upon a Time Shipyard WorkerUncredited
Silent Partner Taxicab DriverUncredited
South of Dixie Jay Hatcher
Christmas Holiday SteveUncredited
Bride by Mistake PhotographerUncredited
Wing and a Prayer Pharmacist's MateUncredited
I Love a Soldier PrivateUncredited
Rainbow Island SailorUncredited
In the Meantime, Darling MilkmanUncredited
Irish Eyes Are Smiling HarryUncredited
Something for the Boys Blue Army Radio OperatorUncredited
Sergeant Mike MonohanUncredited
Carolina Blues EddieUncredited
Can't Help Singing Cavalry OfficerUncredited
Belle of the Yukon MinerUncredited
1945 She Gets Her Man Boze - Photographer
Roughly Speaking Billiards PlayerUncredited
Her Lucky Night Chauffeur
Leave It to Blondie MailmanUncredited
Without Love Taxi DriverUncredited
The Clock First Subway OfficialUncredited
Between Two Women Orderly
Brewster's Millions Cab DriverUncredited
Diamond Horseshoe Clarinet PlayerUncredited
Honeymoon Ahead Connors
Wonder Man Pelican Club DoormanUncredited
Flame of Barbary Coast FiremanUncredited
The Frozen Ghost Reporter in HallwayUncredited
Don Juan Quilligan Customer at Mossrock'sUncredited
The Jungle Captive Bill
On Stage Everybody GeorgeUncredited
The Hidden Eye Whitey
Shadow of Terror Joe Walters
Life with Blondie MailmanUncredited
San Antonio Gawking TownsmanUncredited
1946 Meet Me on Broadway WaiterUncredited
The Notorious Lone Wolf Detective JonesUncredited
The Flying Serpent Jerry 'Jonsey' Jones
Cinderella Jones Truck DriverUncredited
Renegades Stagecoach DriverUncredited
Blonde Alibi Ambulance AttendantUncredited
Bad Bascomb Corporal FinchUncredited
Inside Job JerryUncredited
Chick Carter, Detective Spud Warner
Danger Woman ReporterUncredited
The Bamboo Blonde M.P. SergeantUncredited
Three Little Girls in Blue JoshUncredited
Wake Up and Dream Bus DriverUncredited
Gallant Bess Chief Petty OfficerUncredited
Heldorado Carnival Shooting Gallery Attendant
Lady in the Lake Ed - CoronerUncredited
1947 Blondie's Big Moment MailmanUncredited
The Sea of Grass CattlemanUncredited
Suddenly, It's Spring Man Retrieving PajamasUncredited
Buck Privates Come Home SoldierUncredited
Blondie's Holiday Postman
Bells of San Angelo Bus Driver
Swing the Western Way Mr. Spraggs
Wyoming NesterUncredited
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Wells Fargo CowboyUncredited
Down to Earth Stage HandUncredited
Exposed Policeman at Bentry Mansion DoorUncredited
Black Gold Colonel Caldwell's Ranch ForemanUncredited
Blondie in the Dough Postman
The Fabulous Texan TelegrapherUncredited
Roses Are Red ReporterUncredited
Bandits of Dark Canyon Stage Passenger Faraday
Blondie's Anniversary MailmanUncredited
1948 Slippy McGee Charlie
G-Men Never Forget 'Fiddler' - Used Car Salesman
Black Bart ElkinsUncredited
Song of Idaho Hash Brown
Blondie's Reward Mr. Johnson
The Timber Trail Telegraph Operator
Coroner Creek BitUncredited
Northwest Stampede Hamburger VendorUncredited
The Return of October Stable BoyUncredited
Leather Gloves Duke
Bungalow 13 José Fernando
Smoky Mountain Melody Jenkins
Blondie's Secret Mr. Beasley
1949 Blondie's Big Deal Mr. Beasley
Home in San Antone PostmanUncredited
Johnny Allegro SamUncredited
Miss Grant Takes Richmond Bus DriverUncredited
1950 The Milkman Herman SchultzUncredited
1951 Painting the Clouds with Sunshine Golden Egg DoormanUncredited
1952 Stop, You're Killing Me Cab DriverUncredited; final role


1950 The Lone Ranger SheriffEpisode: "Sheep Thieves"

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