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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Encino, California, USA  (cerebral hemorrhage)
Birth NameGuenther Emil Schneider
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 personality for decades, and was the star of such film classics as Diamond Jim (1935) (a role he reprised in Lillian Russell (1940)) Arnold appeared in over 150 films and was President of The Screen Actors Guild shortly before his death in 1956.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom McDonough <com221@webtv.net>

Family (3)

Spouse Cleo Arnold (7 October 1951 - 26 April 1956)  (his death)
Olive Grace Emerson (15 January 1929 - 21 March 1949)  (divorced)
Harriett Emma Marshall (20 April 1916 - 1927)  (divorced)  (3 children)
Children Edward Arnold Jr.
Parents Carl Schneider
Elizabeth Ohse

Trivia (17)

Screen, stage, and television actor.
Father of actor Edward Arnold Jr.
Entered films in 1915 with Essanay Studios.
Interred at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, California, USA, Section D, Lot 132, Grave 9.
(1940-1942) President of Screen Actors Guild (SAG).
Was an MC on the radio program called "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" starring Nelson Eddy, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, in 1938.
One of the first actors to seriously consider running for public office, Arnold ran for Los Angeles City Alderman in the mid-1940s. He lost, in a close election, and expressed his views afterward that entertainment and politics were incompatible. Of course, he has been proven wrong numerous times since then.
Arnold actually played both the Devil and Daniel Webster in succeeding years, playing Webster in All That Money Can Buy (1941) and the Devil in the WWII propaganda short Inflation (1943) the following year. The latter film, incidentally, also marked the film debut of Esther Williams.
Portrayed a different president each week on ABC Radio's "Mr. President" (1947-1953).
A lifelong conservative Republican and staunch anti-Communist, he was nonetheless an early and ardent opponent of the studio blacklisting of suspected Communists.
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 and blustering tycoons.
In 1916 after a year with Essanay Studios, "Moving Picture World" hailed him as promising "to be one of the most popular leading men on the screen.".
He played Diamond Jim Brady in both Diamond Jim (1935) and Lillian Russell (1940).
Children with Harriett Marshall: Elizabeth, Jane, William.
Father: Charles Schneider; Mother: Elizabeth Ohse.
Arnold died of a cerebral hemorrhage on April 26, 1956 - three months before his last film was released - "The Ambassador's Daughter" in June 1956.
Edward Arnold and Adolphe Menjou were born on the same exact date - February 18, 1890. Arnold was born in New York City and Menjou in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Salary (3)

Okay America! (1932) $900
Sutter's Gold (1936) $90,000
The Toast of New York (1937) $10,000 /week

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