Ed Begley

Ed Begley

Show Count: 161
Series Count: 17
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: March 25, 1901
Old Time Radio, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Died: April 28, 1970, Hollywood, California, USA
<ptext-align:>Edward James "Ed" Begley, Sr. (March 25, 1901 – April 28, 1970) was an Academy Award-winning American actor of theatre, radio, film, and television.


<h2text-align:>Life and career  <ptext-align:>Begley was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Hannah (née Clifford) and Michael Joseph Begley, Irish immigrants. Begley began his career as a Broadway and radio actor while in his teens. He appeared in the hit musical Going Up on Broadway in 1917 and in London the next year. He later acted in roles as Sgt. O'Hara in the radio show The Fat Man. His radio work included a period as Charlie Chan and Stroke of Fate amongst other roles. He also starred in the 1950s radio program Richard Diamond, Private Detective, playing Lieutenant Walter Levinson, head of homicide at the 5th Precinct, Manhattan. In the late 1940s, he began appearing regularly in supporting film roles. Elected a member of The Lambs ( in 1943.


<ptext-align:>In the 1952-1953 television season, Begley co-starred with Eddie Albert in the CBS sitcom Leave It to Larry. Begley, though only five years older than Albert, played the father-in-law and employer of Albert's character, Larry Tucker, a shoe salesman, who with his young family lives with Begley.


<ptext-align:>He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Sweet Bird of Youth (1962). Some of his other notable films include 12 Angry Men (1957), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) and Wild in the Streets (1968). One notable role Begley played both on television (twice in 1955) and in the theatrical film (1956) is Andy Sloane, one of the three primary characters in Rod Serling's Patterns.


<ptext-align:>His other television work included appearances on JusticeEmpireThe VirginianBonanzaThe FugitiveTarget: The CorruptorsThe Wild Wild West, and Going My Way, with Gene Kelly.


<ptext-align:>Begley married three times. He is the father of the actor and environmental advocate Ed Begley, Jr.


<ptext-align:>Among his many Broadway credits were All My Sons and Inherit the Wind.


<ptext-align:>Begley died of a heart attack in Hollywood, California. He is buried at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, California.


Source: Wikipedia

Alan Young Show, TheAlan Young Show, The
Show Count: 57
Broadcast History: 28 June 1944 to 20 September 1944, 3 October 1944 to 28 June 1946, 20 September 1946 to 30 May 1947, and 11 January 1949 to 5 July 1949
Cast: Alan Young, Jean Gillespie, Doris Singleton, Ed Begley, Louise Erickson, Jim Backus, Nicodemus Stewart, Hal March, Ken Christy
Director: Helen Mack
Producer: Helen Mack
The series began on NBC Radio as a summer replacement situation comedy in 1944, featuring vocalist Bea Wain. It then moved to ABC Radio with Jean Gillespie portraying Young's girlfriend Betty. The program was next broadcast by NBC for a 1946-47 run and was off in 1948. When it returned to NBC in 1949, Louise Erickson played Betty and Jim Backus was heard as snobbish playboy Hubert Updike III.
Charlie ChanCharlie Chan
Show Count: 17
Broadcast History: 2 December 1932 to 21 June 1948 (Off the air 1933-1937 and 1939-1944)
Cast: Walter Connolly, Ed Begley, Leon Janney, Santos Ortega
Director: John Cole
Charlie Chan is a fictional Chinese-American detective created by Earl Derr Biggers. Loosely basing his character on Honolulu detective Chang Apana, Biggers conceived of the benevolent and heroic Chan as an alternative to Yellow Peril stereotypes, such as villains like Fu Manchu. Chan is a detective for the Honolulu police, though many stories feature Chan traveling the world as he investigates mysteries and solves crimes.
Creeps By NightCreeps By Night
Show Count: 5
Broadcast History: 15 February 1944 to 15 August 1944
Cast: Edmund Gwenn, Abby Lewis, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Everett Sloane, Jackson Beck, Ed Begley, Mary Patton, Juano Hernandez
Director: Dave Drummond
Producer: Robert Maxwell
Crime Does Not PayCrime Does Not Pay
Show Count: 58
Broadcast History: 10 October 1949 to 10 October 1951, and 7 January 1952 to 22 December 1952
Cast: Everett Sloane, Betty Furness, Jean Muir, John Beal, Richard Duerr, John Loder, Ed Begley, Donald Buka, Joan Lorring, Lionel Stander, Bela Lugosi
Director: Marx B Loeb
The radio show Crime Does Not Pay is a perfect example of how radio shows often mirrored major studio productions. This radio show was based on the film series Crime Does Not Pay produced by Metro Goldwyn Mayer. The films began in 1935 yet weren’t mirrored by the radio show until 14 years later. During the same general time period, a comic book by the same name was popular with readers. During the late 40s and early 50s crime dramas were very popular – much like they are today.
Damon Runyon Theater, TheDamon Runyon Theater, The
Show Count: 52
Broadcast History: 1948 to the mid 1950s
Cast: John Brown, Anne Whitfield, Gerald Mohr, William Conrad, Alan Reed, Herb Vigran, Frank Lovejoy, Sheldon Leonard, Eddie Marr, Luis Van Rooten, Joe DuVal, Willard Waterman, Ed Begley, Jeff Chandler, Sam Edwards, Hans Conried, Parley Baer
Director: Richard Sanville
Producer: Vern Carstensen
Starring John Brown as Broadway, the narrator of Damon Runyon’s dramatic stories of old Manhattan New York and the gangster life in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The stories could be tragic, and often quite sad as you become moved by the strength of the characters.
Fat Man, TheFat Man, The
Show Count: 47
Broadcast History: 21 January 1946 to 26 September 1951
Cast: Ed Begley, Jack Scott Smart, Amzie Strickland, Mary Patton, Betty Garde, Linda Watkins, Paul Stewart, Alice Frost, Robert Dryden, Jimmy McCallion, Sarah Burton, Vicki Vola
Director: Charles Powers, Clark Andrews, Robert Sloane
The Fat Man was a 1945 – 50 ABC Radio series starring the rich voice of J. Scott Smart as Brad Runyon the overweight detective also known as The Fat Man.
Milton Berle ShowMilton Berle Show
Show Count: 2
Broadcast History: 3 March 1943 to 15 June 1949
Cast: Arthur Q. Bryan, Milton Berle, Charles Irving, Ed Begley, Mary Shipp, Arnold Stang, Pert Kelton, Jack Albertson, Kay Armen, Al Kelly
Director: Cy Howard
Producer: Cy Howard
Philip Morris PlayhousePhilip Morris Playhouse
Show Count: 9
Broadcast History: 1939 to 1949, November 1948 to July 1949, and March 1951 to September 1953
Sponsor: Philip Morris Cigarettes
Cast: Vincent Price, Dan Dailey, Cathy Lewis, Marlene Dietrich, Elliott Lewis, Howard Duff, Joseph Kearns, Sidney Miller, Jerry Hausner, James Mathews, William Conrad, Vanessa Brown, Lew Ayres, June Allyson, Robert Culp, Mandel Kramer, Peter Lorre, Everett Sloane, Ed Begley
Director: William Spier, Charles Martin
Producer: William Spier, Charles Martin
On Friday evenings at 8:30 pm, from 1939 until 1944, everyone who had a radio gathered round it to listed to the music, variety and drama offerings of Philip Morris Playhouse. It continued again in 1948 until 1951.
Broadcast: September 29, 1949
Added: Aug 30 2020
Broadcast: December 30, 1952
Added: Dec 31 2019
Broadcast: June 12, 1945
Added: Jun 02 2015
Broadcast: October 17, 1949
Added: Aug 29 2022
Broadcast: 15th February 1951
Added: Nov 13 2009
Broadcast: 13th July 1950
Added: Oct 05 2009
Broadcast: 15th May 1952
Added: May 11 2012
Broadcast: April 7, 1951
Added: Jul 23 2019
Broadcast: 30th December 1951
Added: Dec 28 2009
Broadcast: 17th December 1950
Added: Dec 17 2006
Broadcast: 19th September 1950
Added: Nov 18 2010
Broadcast: 24th May 1946
Added: Jun 29 2007
Broadcast: 24th July 1949
Starring: Ed Begley, Betty Moran
Added: Jul 24 2010
Broadcast: 16th September 1948
Added: Jun 02 2012
Broadcast: July 22, 1947
Added: Aug 24 2021
Broadcast: 21st December 1950
Added: Jan 11 2013
Broadcast: 19th February 1951
Added: Apr 27 2010
Broadcast: June 26, 1945
Starring: Ed Begley
Added: Jun 27 2006
Broadcast: 31st October 1948
Starring: Tom Collins, Ed Begley
Added: Nov 01 2010
Broadcast: 8th January 1951
Added: Jan 28 2008
Broadcast: 26th September 1949
Added: Sep 26 2008
Broadcast: 24th February 1952
Added: Feb 27 2011
Broadcast: April 14, 1951
Added: Aug 27 2019
Broadcast: 14th March 1949
Added: Mar 14 2008
Broadcast: 3rd July 1952
Added: Jul 05 2011
Broadcast: 6th February 1950
Added: Feb 06 2007
Broadcast: 8th October 1949
Added: Nov 26 2005
Broadcast: 12th December 1949
Added: Dec 17 2007
Broadcast: 18th September 1949
Added: Sep 20 2009
Broadcast: 27th July 1949
Added: Jul 27 2008
Broadcast: 24th October 1949
Added: Oct 24 2008
Broadcast: 23rd March 1952
Added: Feb 19 2012
Broadcast: June 22, 1951
Added: Jun 18 2021
Broadcast: 25th April 1951
Added: Apr 16 2010