Edward Ellis (actor)
|Born||Edward Mayne Ellis
November 12, 1870
Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||July 26, 1952
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Prostate Cancer|
|Occupation||Actor, producer, screenwriter|
|Years active||1879–1934 (stage)
|Spouse(s)||Josephine Stevens (1917–mid-1920s)|
|Parent(s)||Edward C. Ellis
Ruth M. Ellis
Ellis was born in Coldwater, Michigan, the second child of Edward C. Ellis, a playwright and actor and Ruth McCarthy Ellis, an actress. He was the older brother of stage actress and writer Edith Ellis.
He made his first stage appearance in 1879 in Chicago. He was an actor, playwright and producer on Broadway before going into films. His first adult performance was in Mary and John in 1905. He toured all over America and also played in England. Edward Ellis was a dramatic author and also wrote the playscript for the 1934 play Affair of a Gentleman.
In films, he played mostly supporting roles, his only leading roles being in Main Street Lawyer (1939) and in A Man to Remember (1938) and Three Sons (1939), a remake of Lionel Barrymore's Sweepings (1933). He starred in 37 films, but is probably best remembered for his roles as the resolute sheriff in Fury, as Shirley Temple's uncle in Little Miss Broadway and the leading role in A Man to Remember.
He is also well known as Clyde Wynant, the wealthy industrialist, whose disappearance private eye Nick Charles (played by William Powell) had been hired to investigate in the 1934 hit MGM film The Thin Man. The title does not refer to Powell's character, as is so widely assumed, but to Ellis' character in the film.
His last appearance was as Mr. Vane in The Omaha Trail (1942).
He was briefly married to silent film actress Josephine Stevens from 1917 to the mid 1920s. Their union produced one daughter, Roberta (Bobbie) Ellis born in 1918. Ellis died on July 26, 1952 at the age of 81 from heart failure due to prostate cancer.
- The Law That Failed (1917)
- The Great Bradley Mystery (1917)
- Out Yonder (1919)
- Frontier of the Stars (1921)
- I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
- Girl Missing (1933)
- Strictly Personal (1933)
- After Tonight (1933)
- From Headquarters (1933)
- Hi, Nellie! (1934)
- The Ninth Guest (1934)
- The Trumpet Blows (1934)
- The Last Gentleman (1934)
- The President Vanishes (1934)
- The Thin Man (1934)
- Transient Lady (1935)
- Village Tale (1935)
- Wanderer of the Wasteland (1935)
- The Return of Peter Grimm (1935)
- Chatterbox (1936)
- Winterset (1936)
- Fury (1936)
- The Texas Rangers (1936)
- The Lady Consents (1936)
- Maid of Salem (1937)
- Let Them Live (1937)
- The Man in Blue (1937)
- Midnight Madonna (1937)
- Little Miss Broadway (1938)
- A Man to Remember (1938)
- Man of Conquest (1939)
- Career (1939)
- Three Sons (1939)
- Main Street Lawyer (1939)
- A Man Betrayed (1941)
- The Omaha Trail (1942)
- "Coldwater, Michigan". City-Data.com. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
- Cliff Aliperti (November 13, 2012). "Edward Ellis – A Biography of The Thin Man, an Actor to Remember". Immortal Ephemera. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
- Robbin Coons (October 2, 1942). "Hollywood Sights and Sounds". Evening Courier. Prescott, Arizona. p. 7. Retrieved February 20, 2016.