Edward Arnold

Edward Arnold

Show Count: 95
Series Count: 2
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: February 18, 1890
Old Time Radio, New York City, U.S
Died: April 26, 1956, Encino, California, U.S
<ptext-align:>Edward Arnold (February 18, 1890 – April 26, 1956) was an American actor. He was born on the Lower East Side of New York City as Gunther Edward Arnold Schneider, the son of German immigrants Carl Schneider and Elizabeth Ohse.


<h2text-align:>Acting career  <ptext-align:>Interested in acting since his youth (he made his first stage appearance at the age of 12 as Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice), Arnold made his professional stage debut in 1907. He found work as an extra for Essanay Studios and World Studios, before landing his first significant role in 1916'sThe Misleading Lady. In 1919, he left film for a return to the stage, and did not appear again in movies until he made his talkie debut in Okay America!(1932). He recreated one of his stage roles in one of his early films, Whistling in the Dark (1933). His role in the 1935 film Diamond Jim boosted him to stardom. He reprised the role of Diamond Jim Brady in the 1940 film Lillian Russell. He also played a similar role in The Toast of New York (1937), another fictionalized version of real-life business chicanery, for which he was billed above Cary Grant in the posters with his name in much larger letters.


<ptext-align:>Arnold appeared in over 150 movies. Although he was labeled "box office poison" in 1938 by an exhibitor publication (he shared this dubious distinction with Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, Fred Astaire and Katharine Hepburn), he never lacked for work. Rather than continue in leading man roles, he gave up losing weight and went after character parts instead. Arnold was quoted as saying, "The bigger I got, the better character roles I received." He was such a sought-after actor, he often worked on two pictures at the same time.


<ptext-align:>Arnold was an expert at playing rogues and authority figures, and superb at combining the two as powerful villains quietly pulling strings. He was best known for his roles in Come and Get It (1936), Sutter's Gold (1936), the aforementioned The Toast of New York (1937), You Can't Take It with You(1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941). He was the first actor to portray Rex Stout's famous detectiveNero Wolfe, starring in Meet Nero Wolfe (1936), the film based on the first novel in the series.


<ptext-align:>He played blind detective Duncan Maclain in two movies based on the novels by Baynard Kendrick, Eyes in the Night (1942) and The Hidden Eye(1945). From 1947 to 1953, Arnold starred in the ABC radio program called Mr. President.


  • Arnold was president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1940–42.
  • In 1940, his autobiography, Lorenzo Goes to Hollywood, was published.
  • He was also the co-founder of the I Am An American Foundation.[clarification needed]
<h2text-align:>Politics  <ptext-align:>Starting in the 1940s, Arnold became involved in Republican politics and was mentioned as a possible G.O.P. candidate for the United States Senate. He lost a closely contested election for Los Angeles County Supervisor and said at the time that perhaps actors were not suited to run for political office.


<h2text-align:>Personal life  <ptext-align:>Arnold was married three times: Harriet Marshall (1917–1927), with whom he had three children: Elizabeth, Jane and William (who had a short movie career as Edward Arnold, Jr.); Olive Emerson (1929–1948) and Cleo McLain (1951 until his death).


<h2text-align:>Death  <ptext-align:>He died at his home in Encino, California from a cerebral hemorrhage associated with atrial fibrillation, aged 66. He was interred in the San Fernando Mission Cemetery.


<ptext-align:>Arnold has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6225 Hollywood Blvd.


Source: Wikipedia

Mr. PresidentMr. President
Show Count: 50
Broadcast History: 26 June 1947 to 1953
Cast: Betty Lou Gerson, Edward Arnold
Director: Dick Woolen
Producer: Dick Woolen
Broadcast: 13th October 1949
Starring: Edward Arnold
Added: Feb 27 2009
Broadcast: February 23, 1950
Added: Aug 15 2017
Broadcast: 14th March 1938
Added: Mar 15 2010
Broadcast: 15th November 1937
Added: Nov 17 2007
Broadcast: 11th November 1946
Starring: Edward Arnold
Added: Feb 28 2008
Broadcast: February 9, 1951
Added: Jun 20 2020
Broadcast: January 18, 1948
Added: Sep 04 2020
Broadcast: April 17, 1949
Added: Apr 22 2017
Broadcast: 14th July 1942
Added: Jul 31 2011
Broadcast: June 20, 1950
Starring: Edward Arnold
Added: Jun 25 2019
Broadcast: 10th May 1943
Starring: Edward Arnold
Added: Jan 24 2008
Broadcast: 30th November 1939
Added: Dec 24 2009
Broadcast: 5th November 1939
Added: Feb 06 2010
Broadcast: 14th December 1939
Added: Dec 22 2008
Broadcast: December 21, 1939
Added: Dec 21 2008
Broadcast: 16th June 1941
Added: Jun 01 2008
Broadcast: December 25, 1945
Starring: Edward Arnold
Added: Dec 25 2006
Broadcast: September 18, 1944
Added: May 06 2019
Broadcast: 13th February 1939
Added: Feb 14 2005
Broadcast: 3rd April 1939
Added: Apr 05 2008
Broadcast: 1st September 1947
Added: Sep 27 2010
Broadcast: 15th November 1943
Starring: Edward Arnold
Added: Dec 01 2006
Broadcast: 20th October 1940
Added: Sep 10 2010
Broadcast: 7th December 1942
Added: Nov 11 2007
Broadcast: 18th January 1940
Added: Jan 18 2009
Broadcast: October 2, 1939
Added: Oct 06 2007
Broadcast: December 20, 1943
Added: Dec 22 2017