Stuart Erwin

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Stuart Erwin
Stuart Erwin.jpg
Born (1903-02-14)February 14, 1903
Squaw Valley, Fresno County
California, U.S.
Died December 21, 1967(1967-12-21) (aged 64)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Heart attack
Resting place
Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 192-1968
Spouse(s) June Collyer (1931-1967) (his death) 2 children
Erwin, far right, with Pat O'Brien and James Cagney in Ceiling Zero (1936)

Stuart Erwin (February 14, 1903, Squaw Valley, California — December 21, 1967, Beverly Hills, California) was an American actor of stage, film, and television.

Erwin began acting in college in the 1920s, having first appeared on stage. He broke into films in 1928 in Mother Knows Best. In 1934, he was cast as Joe Palooka in the film Palooka. In 1936, he was cast in Pigskin Parade, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 1940, he played Howie Newsome, the dairy delivery vendor, in the film adaptation Our Town, based on the Thornton Wilder play.

In Walt Disney's Bambi, Erwin performed the voice of a tree squirrel.

In 1950, Erwin made the transition to television, in which he starred in Trouble with Father, which was retitled The Stu Erwin Show, with his co-star and real-life wife, actress June Collyer. He guest starred on the religion anthology series Crossroads. He guest starred on the short-lived CBS sitcom Angel, starring Annie Fargé, and on ABC's The Donna Reed Show, Our Man Higgins, with Stanley Holloway, and The Greatest Show on Earth, with Jack Palance. Later, Erwin appeared in the Disney films Son of Flubber and The Misadventures of Merlin Jones.

Erwin made four guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason, including the role of murderer Clem P. "Sandy" Sandover in the 1962 episode "The Case of the Double-Entry Mind", and murderer Edward Stanton in the 1964 episode, "The Case of the Scandalous Sculptor."

Erwin has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6240 Hollywood Blvd. He is interred at the Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles.

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