Ed Wynn as the Perfect Fool

biography of Ed Wynn

Biography of Ed Wynn (Isaiah Edwin Leopold) (November 9, 1886 – June 19, 1966)

IEd Wynn as the Perfect Foolsaiah Edwin Leopold, known around the world as Ed Wynn, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on November 9, 1886.   As a teenager, he ran away from home and used his middle name, Edwin, as his stage name – Ed Wynn.   Although he eventually became a headliner in vaudeville, his early years were less successful.   At one point, he worked as an on-stage assistant to (then) comedy juggler W. C. Fields. The curmudgeonly Fields caught him ‘mugging’for the audience during Fields’ “Pool Room” routine and knocked him unconscious with his pool cue. Ed Wynn went on to become a headliner in vaudeville in the early-1910s and was a star of the Ziegfeld Follies starting in 1914.   In the same year, he married his first wife, Hilda Keenan. (more…)

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