Stuart Erwin

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Stuart Erwin
Stuart Erwin.jpg
Born(1903-02-14)February 14, 1903
DiedDecember 21, 1967(1967-12-21) (aged 64)
Years active1922–1967
(m. 1931)
Erwin, far right, with Pat O'Brien, Martha Tibbetts, James Cagney, and June Travis in Ceiling Zero (1936) Ceiling Zero (1936) 1.jpg
Erwin, far right, with Pat O'Brien, Martha Tibbetts, James Cagney, and June Travis in Ceiling Zero (1936)

Stuart Erwin (February 14, 1903 – December 21, 1967) was an American actor of stage, film, and television.


Early years

Erwin was born in Squaw Valley, Fresno County, California. [1] He attended Porterville High School and the University of California. [2]


Erwin began acting in college in the 1920s, having first appeared on stage. From there, he acted in stock theater in Los Angeles. [2]

Film career

He broke into films in 1928 in Mother Knows Best. In 1934, he was cast as Joe Palooka in the film Palooka . In 1932, he co-starred with Bing Crosby in the comedy The Big Broadcast , where he played Texas oil tycoon Leslie McWhinney. In 1936, he was cast in Pigskin Parade , for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 1940, he played Howie Newsome, the dairy delivery vendor, in the film adaptation Our Town , based on the Thornton Wilder play.

In Walt Disney's Bambi , Erwin performed the voice of a tree squirrel.

Later, Erwin appeared in the Disney films Son of Flubber and The Misadventures of Merlin Jones .

Radio career

In 1946, Erwin starred in Phone Again Finnegan on CBS. He played an apartment house manager in the comedy-drama. [3]

He also played various roles on Theater Guild on the Air , Lux Radio Theatre , The Old Gold Radio Theatre and Cavalcade of America .

Television career

In 1950, Erwin made the transition to television, in which he starred in Trouble with Father, [4] :1109 which was retitled The Stu Erwin Show , with his co-star and real-life wife, actress June Collyer. In 1963–1964, he played Otto King on The Greatest Show on Earth . [4]

Erwin guest starred on the religion anthology series Crossroads , on the CBS sitcom Angel , starring Annie Fargé, on the NBC's western Bonanza , and on ABC's The Donna Reed Show , Straightaway , and Our Man Higgins , the latter with Stanley Holloway.

Erwin made four guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason , including the role of murderer Clem P. "Sandy" Sandover in the 1962 episode "The Case of the Double-Entry Mind", and murderer Everett Stanton in the 1964 episode, "The Case of the Scandalous Sculptor".

Erwin guest starred on The Andy Griffith Show , Season 1, Episode 8, portraying Tom Silby who was presumed dead, but returned to town after a two-year absence.

Personal life

Erwin married actress June Collyer on July 22, 1931, in Yuma, Arizona. [5]


Erwin died of a heart attack on December 21, 1967 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California at age 64 and was interred at the Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles. [6]


Erwin has a star at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard in the Television section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was dedicated February 8, 1960. [7]

Partial filmography

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