Edward Arnold (I) (1890–1956)

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Edward Arnold was born as Gunther Edward Arnold Schneider in 1890, on the Lower East Side of New York City, the son of German immigrants, Elizabeth (Ohse) and Carl Schneider. Arnold began his acting career on the New York stage and became a film actor in 1916. A burly man with a commanding style and superb baritone voice, he was a popular screen ... See full bio »

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You Can't Take It with You Anthony P. Kirby
All That Money Can Buy Daniel Webster
Meet John Doe D.B. Norton


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 1956 Strange Stories (TV Series)
Host (1956)
 1956 Ethel Barrymore Theater (TV Series)
- The Victim (1956)
 1956 Miami Exposé
Oliver Tubbs
 1956 The Ambassador's Daughter
Ambassador William Fisk
 1956 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
Congressman Holman
- Faith (1956) ... Congressman Holman
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Ben Harvey
- The Last Showdown (1956) ... Ben Harvey
 1956 The Houston Story
Paul Atlas
 1952-1955 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Warden Delaney / Mr. Carr / Mr. Evans
- Twelve to Eternity (1955) ... Warden Delaney
- The Tryst (1954) ... Mr. Carr
- Ever Since the Day (1953) ... Mr. Evans
- Junior (1952)
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
Lieutenant Shipley / Jock Fathian
- Deal a Blow (1955) ... Lieutenant Shipley
- South of the Sun (1955) ... Jock Fathian
 1954 You Are There (TV Series)
John Sutter
- Sutter Discovers Gold (1954) ... John Sutter
 1954 Studio One (TV Series)
Juror #10
- Twelve Angry Men (1954) ... Juror #10
 1954 Living It Up
The Mayor
 1953-1954 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
John Prescott / Mayor Underwood
- Walking John Stopped Here (1954) ... John Prescott / Mayor Underwood
 1953 Man of Conflict
J.R. Compton
 1953 City That Never Sleeps
Penrod Biddel
 1952 Ellis in Freedomland
The Range (voice)
 1952 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
- Thirty Days (1952)
 1952 Belles on Their Toes
Sam Harper
 1951 Dear Brat
Senator Wilkins
 1950 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
Stage Manager
- Our Town (1950) ... Stage Manager
 1950 The Skipper Surprised His Wife
Adm. Homer Thorndyke
 1950 Annie Get Your Gun
Pawnee Bill
 1950 The Yellow Cab Man
Martin Creavy
 1949 Dear Wife
Judge Harry Wilkins
 1949 Big Jack
Mayor Mahoney
 1949 Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Joe Lorgan
 1949 John Loves Mary
Sen. James McKinley
 1948 Command Decision
Congressman Arthur Malcolm
 1948 Wallflower
Andrew J. Linnett
 1948 Big City
Judge Martin O. Abercrombie
 1948 Three Daring Daughters
Robert Nelson
 1947 The Hucksters
Dave Lash
 1947 Dear Ruth
Judge Harry Wilkins
 1947 My Brother Talks to Horses
Mr. Bledsoe
 1947 The Mighty McGurk
Mike Glenson
 1946 No Leave, No Love
Hobart Canford Stiles
 1946 Three Wise Fools
Theodore Findley
 1946 Janie Gets Married
Charles Conway
 1945 Week-End at the Waldorf
Martin X. Edley
 1945 The Hidden Eye
Capt. Duncan Maclain
 1945 Ziegfeld Follies
Lawyer ('Pay the Two Dollars')
 1945 Main Street After Dark
Lt. Lorrgan
 1944 Mrs. Parkington
Amory Stilham
 1944 Kismet
The Grand Vizier
 1944 Janie
Charles Conway
 1944 Standing Room Only
T. J. Todd
 1943 Inflation (Short)
The Devil
 1943 The Youngest Profession
Burton V. Lyons
 1942 Eyes in the Night
Duncan 'Mac' Maclain
 1942 The War Against Mrs. Hadley
Elliott Fulton
 1941 Design for Scandal
Judson M. Blair
 1941 Johnny Eager
John Benson Farrell
 1941 Unholy Partners
Merrill Lambert
 1941 All That Money Can Buy
Daniel Webster
 1941 Nothing But the Truth
T.T. Ralston
 1941 The Lady from Cheyenne
James 'Jim' Cork
 1941 The Penalty
Martin 'Stuff' Nelson
 1941 Meet John Doe
D.B. Norton
 1940 Lillian Russell
Diamond Jim Brady
 1940 Johnny Apollo
Robert Cain Sr.
 1940 The Earl of Chicago
'Doc' Ramsey
 1939 Slightly Honorable
Vincent Cushing
 1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Jim Taylor
 1939 Man About Town
Sir John Arlington
 1939 Let Freedom Ring
Jim Knox
 1939 Idiot's Delight
Achille Weber
 1938 You Can't Take It with You
Anthony P. Kirby
 1938 The Crowd Roars
Jim Cain
 1937 Blossoms on Broadway
Ira Collins
 1937 The Toast of New York
Jim Fisk
 1937 Easy Living
J.B. Ball
 1937 John Meade's Woman
John Meade
 1936 Come and Get It
Barney Glasgow
 1936 Meet Nero Wolfe
Nero Wolfe
 1936 Sutter's Gold
Johan (John) Sutter
 1935 Crime and Punishment
Insp. Porfiry
 1935 Remember Last Night?
Danny Harrison
 1935 Diamond Jim
Diamond Jim Brady
 1935 The Glass Key
Paul Madvig
 1935 Cardinal Richelieu
Louis XIII
 1935 Biography of a Bachelor Girl
Mr. 'Feydie' Feydak
 1934 The President Vanishes
Secretary of War Lewis Wardell
 1934 Wednesday's Child
Ray Phillips
 1934 Million Dollar Ransom
Vincent Shelton
 1934 Hide-Out
Det. Lt. 'Mac' MacCarthy
 1934 Thirty Day Princess
Richard M. Gresham
 1934 Sadie McKee
 1934 Unknown Blonde
Frank Rodie
 1934 Madame Spy
 1933 Roman Scandals
Emperor Valerius
 1933 I'm No Angel
Big Bill Barton
 1933 Her Bodyguard
Orson Bitzer
 1933 Secret of the Blue Room
Commissioner Forster
 1933 Jennie Gerhardt
Sen. Brander
 1933 The Life of Jimmy Dolan
Police Inspector Ennis (uncredited)
 1933 The Barbarian
Pasha Achmed
 1933 The White Sister
Father Saracinesca
 1933 Whistling in the Dark
Jake Dillon
 1932 Free to Talk
 1932 Rasputin and the Empress
Doctor Remezov
 1932 Afraid to Talk
Jig Skelli
 1932 Three on a Match
 1932 Okay America!
Duke Morgan
 1932 Murder in the Pullman (Short)
Nick Valentine
 1920 The Cost
Hampden Scarborough (as Ed Arnold)
 1919 A Broadway Saint
Mr. Frewen
 1919 Phil-for-Short
Tom Wentworth
 1917 The Slacker's Heart
Frank Allen
 1917 Be My Best Man (Short)
Grant Carver
 1917 Pass the Hash, Ann (Short)
Jack Channon
 1917 Meddling with Marriage (Short)
Fred Ransom
 1917 The Wifeless Husband (Short)
Milton Booth
 1917 The Pallid Dawn (Short)
Ralph Goodwin
 1917 The Pulse of Madness (Short)
Wesley Westbrook
 1917 The Vanishing Woman (Short)
Conrad Carson
 1917 The Extravagant Bride (Short)
John Allison
 1917 Ashes on the Hearthstone (Short)
Carl Dixon
 1917 The Lighted Lamp (Short)
Sam Leiter
 1917 Desertion and Non-Support (Short)
Charles Hayward
 1917 Shifting Shadows (Short)
John Sanderson
 1917 The Magic Mirror (Short)
James Delmore
 1917 The Sinful Marriage (Short)
Dr. Roderick Tredmore
 1917 The Wide, Wrong Way (Short)
Hugh Chilvers
 1917 When the Man Speaks (Short)
James Gordon
 1916 Wife in Sunshine (Short)
Edward Morrison
 1916 Dancing with Folly (Short)
Enoch Drummond
 1916 The Burning Band (Short)
William Conklin
 1916 The Border Line (Short)
Dick Grant
 1916 His Moral Code (Short)
Dr. Armstrong
 1916 The Heart of Virginia Keep (Short)
Arnold Dempster Trude
 1916 Marooned (Short)
John Prentiss
 1916 The Return of Eve
Seymour Purchwell
 1916 The Greater Obligation (Short)
Roger Willard
 1916 The Higher Destiny (Short)
John Standing
 1916 A Traitor to Art (Short)
Arthur Synott
 1916 Sherlock Holmes
Moriarty Henchman In Striped Cap (uncredited)
 1916 A Return to Youth and Trouble (Short)
Mr. Wyck
 1916 The Danger Line (Short)
John Herriman
 1916 The Last Adventure (Short)
Arnold Burton
 1916 I Will Repay (Short)
John Shandon - Virginia's Admirer
 1916 The Despoiler (Short)
Richard Warner
 1916 Vultures of Society
Joseph Gripp
 1916 The Primitive Strain (Short)
John Harris - a Minister
 1916 The Strange Case of Mary Page
Dr. Foster [Ch. 5]
 1916 The White Alley (Short)
Campbell Crosby - Arnold's Cousin and Attorney
 1916 The Misleading Lady
Sidney Parker
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Stage: Appeared (as "Cesare Borgia") in "The Grey Fox" on Broadway. Written by Lemist Esler. Directed by Esler and William A. Brady. Playhouse Theatre: 22 Oct 1928-Jan 1929 (closing date unknown/88 performances). Cast: Martin Berkeley (as "Ottaviano"), Robert Buckner (as "Arturo"; Broadway debut), J.M. Kerrigan (as "Francesco Vettori"... See more »

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Ed Arnold


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Edward Arnold Jr.


Carl Schneider | Elizabeth Ohse

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The son of German immigrants, he worked as a butcher's assistant, bellhop and stoker before first acting on stage in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the age of seventeen. He appeared in films with Essanay Studios from 1915. Arnold was a star character actor during the 1930s and '40s, with MGM (1933-34, 1941-50), Paramount (1937) and Universal (1939-41), specializing in roles as corrupt politicians... See more »

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