Sam Edwards

Show Count: 219
Series Count: 13
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: May 26, 1915, Macon, Georgia, U.S.
Died: July 28, 2004 , Durango, Colorado, U.S.

Sam Edwards was born in 1915 to a family familiar with radio show business. His mother was stage actress Edna Parks.

In 1930 in the early days of his career Sam Edwards played the role of 14 year old Buddy along side his brother Jack who starred as Sonny in Adventures of Sonny and Buddy, one of the first syndicated radio shows. Radio must have been in his blood, because Sam Edwards went on to have a flourishing career in radio.

The Edwards Family, was based on the life and times of his actual family - his parents, Edna Parks and Jack Edwards Senior, sister Florida and his brother, Jack and himself all starring in the series.

After a brief hiatus that Sam spent in the Army during World War II, he went back into radio, immediately getting a starring role in Meet Corliss Archer, also starring Jane Waldo.

Other roles and appearances included Gunsmoke, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar and Father Knows Best. He played the role of Tracy Baker in One Man’s Family, one of the first soap operas that appeared on radio, again along side his brother Jack who played Wayne Grubb.

Guest roles for Sam Edwards were for some of the most popular series in the history of radio. They included Escape, Favorite Story, Screen Directors Playhouse, CBS Radio Workshop, Crime Classics, Tales of the Texas Ranger, Have Gun will Travel, Dragnet and Suspense.

These guest roles helped to catapult Sam Edwards into a period of great popularity and in the period between 1946 until 1962, he starred or appeared in over 8,000 radio episodes. Edwards was a master at changing his voice for certain radio roles and one role inparticular for Suspense, The Game, especially demonstrated this talent.

During his radio career, Edwards worked with such notables as Jack Webb in the Dragnet series, Burl Ives, John Wayne and Gregory Peck and was also a voice in animated movies such as Bambi (Sam was the voice of Thumper), The Cowardly Lion and The Tin Woodman in the Disney Oz series records.

Edwards was also prominent in many film and television shows including Little House on the Prairie, Dragnet and Gunsmoke. The first time Edwards appeared in a movie role was as Chuck Ramsey for the series, Captain Midnight in 1942.

Sam Edwards was born on May 26, 1915 and passed away on July 28, 2004 from heart problems at the ripe old age of 89 in Durango, Colorado where he lived with his wife of 35 years, Beverly.

Adventures of Sonny and BuddyAdventures of Sonny and Buddy
Show Count: 46
Broadcast History: 1933-1934 and 1935-1936 100 episodes
Cast: Jack Edwards, Sam Edwards, Jack Edwards Sr
Sam Edwards played the role of 14 year old Buddy along side his brother Jack who starred as Sonny in Adventures of Sonny and Buddy, one of the first syndicated radio shows.
CBS Radio WorkshopCBS Radio Workshop
Show Count: 78
Broadcast History: 27 January 1956 to 22 September 1957
Cast: Various, Aldus Huxley, William Conrad, Parley Baer, Lurene Tuttle, Jack Kruschen, Joseph Kearns, Vic Perrin, Sam Edwards, Gloria Henry, Charlotte Lawrence
Director: Jack Johnstone, William N Robson, Dee Engelbach, Elliott Lewis, Antony Ellis
Producer: William Froug
The CBS Radio Workshop was an experimental dramatic radio anthology series that aired on CBS from January 27, 1956, until September 22, 1957. Subtitled “radio’s distinguished series to man’s imagination,” it was a revival of the earlier Columbia Experimental Laboratory (1931), Columbia Experimental Dramatic Laboratory (1932) and Columbia Workshop broadcasts by CBS from 1936 to 1943, and used some of the same writers and directors employed on the earlier series'.
Crime ClassicsCrime Classics
Show Count: 51
Broadcast History: June 1953 to June 1954
Cast: Lou Merrill, Ben Wright, Barney Phillips, Mary Jane Croft, Bill Johnstone, Paula Winslowe, Jeanette Nolan, Herb Butterfield, Betty Harford, Jack Kruschen, Irene Tedrow, John Dehner, Sam Edwards, Lillian Buyeff, Norma LeMond, Roy Rowan
Director: Elliott Lewis
Producer: Elliott Lewis
Crime Classics was a United States radio docudrama which aired as a sustaining series over CBS from June 15, 1953, to June 30, 1954.
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.
Father Knows BestFather Knows Best
Show Count: 112
Broadcast History: 25 August 1949 to 19 November 1953
Sponsor: General Foods
Cast: Robert Young, Sam Edwards, Norma Jean Nilsson, Herb Vigran, June Whitley, Eleanor Audley, Ted Donaldson, Rhoda Williams, Jean Vander Pyl
Director: Fran Van Hartesveldt, Ken Burton, Murray Bolen
Producer: Fran Van Hartesveldt, Ken Burton, Murray Bolen
An American radio and television comedy series which portrayed a middle class family life in the Midwest. It was created by writer Ed James in the 1940s, and ran on radio from 1949 to 1954 and on television from 1954 to 1960.
Heartbeat TheaterHeartbeat Theater
Show Count: 3
Broadcast History: March 1956 to 1985
Sponsor: The Salvation Army
Cast: Raymond Burr, Greer Garson, Sam Edwards
Producer: Raymond Burr, C. P. MacGregor, Greer Garson, Sam Edwards
Meet Corliss ArcherMeet Corliss Archer
Show Count: 8
Broadcast History: 7 January 1943 to 30 September 1956
Cast: Priscilla Lyon, Irvin Lee, Dexter Franklin, Bill Christy, David Hughes, Burt Boyar, Frank Martin, Gloria Holden, Irene Tedrow, Norman Field, Mary Wickes, Janet Waldo, Lugene Sandars, Sam Edwards, Fred Shields, Tommy Bernard, Kenny Godkin, Bebe Young, Barbara Whiting, Dolores Crane
Director: Bert Prager, Helen Mack
Although Meet Corliss Archer was CBS's answer to NBC's popular A Date with Judy, it was also broadcast by NBC in 1948 as a summer replacement for The Bob Hope Show. From October 3, 1952 to June 26, 1953, it aired on ABC, finally returning to CBS. Despite the program's long run, less than 24 episodes are known to exist.
Six Shooter, TheSix Shooter, The
Show Count: 40
Broadcast History: 20 September 1953 to 24 June 1954
Cast: James Stewart, Harry Bartell, Virginia Gregg, Parley Baer, Lou Merrill, Sam Edwards, Jess Kirkpatrick, Frank Gerstle, Elvia Allman, Bert Holland, B J Thompson, Shep Menken, Howard McNear
Director: Jack Johnstone
"The man in the saddle is angular and long-legged, his skin is sun-dyed brown. The gun in his holster is gray steel and rainbow mother-of-pearl, its handle unmarked. People call them both "the Six Shooter."
Speed GibsonSpeed Gibson
Show Count: 178
Broadcast History: 1937 to 1938
Cast: Elliott Lewis, Hanley Stafford, Howard McNear, Sam Edwards, John Gibson
Broadcast: 29th January 1956
Added: Dec 01 2009
Broadcast: 19th February 1956
Added: Jan 31 2010
Broadcast: 24th February 1952
Added: Apr 03 2010
Broadcast: 5th July 1959
Added: Apr 22 2008
Broadcast: 3rd February 1950
Added: Aug 11 2011
Broadcast: February 13, 1954
Added: Feb 20 2015
Broadcast: 5th July 1953
Added: Sep 13 2012
Broadcast: 21st September 1953
Added: Nov 20 2009
Broadcast: 11th January 1951
Added: Dec 28 2009
Broadcast: 1st May 1960
Added: Apr 03 2012
Broadcast: 15th March 1955
Added: Mar 20 2010
Broadcast: 11th February 1951
Added: Feb 20 2010
Broadcast: 29th August 1956
Added: Aug 29 2008
Broadcast: 29th May 1952
Added: Feb 25 2013
Broadcast: 27th May 1951
Added: Aug 27 2009
Broadcast: October 20, 1949
Added: Sep 26 2016
Broadcast: 17th January 1948
Added: Jan 17 2010
Broadcast: 29th December 1952
Added: Dec 27 2008
Broadcast: 6th March 1960
Added: Mar 06 2012
Broadcast: 24th January 1960
Added: Jun 18 2012
Broadcast: 27th January 1955
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Broadcast: 16th December 1954
Added: Jan 28 2010
Broadcast: 2nd September 1956
Added: Sep 26 2006
Broadcast: 25th November 1954
Added: Nov 26 2009
Broadcast: 6th January 1954
Added: Jan 09 2011
Broadcast: 13th October 1957
Added: Oct 15 2010
Broadcast: 26th January 1953
Added: Aug 01 2009
Broadcast: 29th November 1955
Added: Aug 27 2010
Broadcast: 9th January 1953
Added: Aug 11 2011
Broadcast: 7th February 1956
Added: Mar 29 2010
Broadcast: 18th November 1951
Added: Jan 05 2012
Broadcast: 29th November 1959
Added: Nov 15 2011