Eddie Quillan

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Date of Birth:
19 July 1907 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height:
5' 6" (1.68 m)
Born in Philadelphia in 1907, Eddie Quillan was seven years old and performing in vaudeville with his sister and three brothers in an act called "The Rising Generation." His parents, Joseph and Sarah Quillan, were well-known performers themselves and Joseph managed their act. Booked in such top places as the Orpheum Theatre, the kids eventually took a screen test but only Eddie was chosen...by Mack Sennett. Beginning with the short film A Love Sundae (1926), Eddie would make nearly 20 two-reelers with Sennett. Freelancing a couple of years later, he played the lead in The Godless Girl (1929) and The Sophomore (1929) but wasn't really leading man material with his rubbery face and short stature. Nevertheless, his high energy and sharp comedy instincts earned him many support roles with Big Money (1930), Girl Crazy (1932), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) and The Grapes of Wrath (1940) just a sampling of his more popular films. Discouraged at playing simple roles such as bellhops, soda jerks, et al., he continued on in "B" pictures until Sensation Hunters (1946), when his film career finally fell away. He owned and operated a bowling alley for a time but eventually came back again with middling results and infrequent movies such as Brigadoon (1954). Light-hearted fluff also came his way in the next decade with The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1965), Angel in My Pocket (1969) and How to Frame a Figg (1971) but his contributions were relatively minor. The 70s provided a minor resurge guesting on TV's "Mannix," "Lucas Tanner," "Police Story," "Baretta" and Little House on the Prairie." Eddie never married, dying of cancer in 1990.
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