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Edgar John Bergen

Birthplace: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
Death: September 30, 1978 (75)
Paradise, Clark, Nevada, United States (kidney disease)
Place of Burial: Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Johan Henriksson Berggren and Nilla Svensdotter Osberg
Husband of Frances Leo Bergen
Father of Candice Bergen and Private

Occupation: Comedian, Ventriloquist
Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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About Edgar Bergen

Comedian. A ventriloquist and one of the last of the great Vaudeville-style actors, he is best remembered for his creation of the puppet characters ‘Charlie McCarthy' and ‘Mortimer Snerd' Born in Chicago, Illinois, he attended Northwestern University, where he developed his acting ability and practiced ventriloquism. His early movie roles were so popular that in 1937, he starred in his own radio show, "The Edgar Bergen / Charlie McCarthy Show" which ran until 1956, when the growing popularity of television took away his radio audience. From 1937 until 1959, and again in the early 1980s, he played in many films, including such hits as "Hollywood Handicap" (1938), "The Goldwyn Follies" (1938), "Stage Door Canteen" (1943), "Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd in Sweden" (1950), and "The Muppet Movie" (1979; which came out after his death, and is dedicated to him). In most films, he plays himself. After 1956, he made guest appearances on such television shows as the Jack Benny Show, the (Johnny Carson's) Tonight Show, the Ed Sullivan Show, and numerous cameo roles (usually without Charlie McCarthy). He was married to the former Frances Westerman, and they had two children who followed in his footsteps: Kris Bergen (a film and TV editor), and actress Candice Bergen. In 1991, the United States Postal Service honored him with a 29 cent commemorative stamp in his honor. He died of kidney disease in Las Vegas, Nevada. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson)

Family links:

 Nella Osberg Bergren (1867 - 1943)

 Frances Westerman Bergen (1922 - 2006)

Burial: Inglewood Park Cemetery Inglewood Los Angeles County California, USA Plot: Miramar Plot, Lot 131, Grave 2 GPS (lat/lon): 33.96973, -118.33842

Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Jan 01, 2001 Find A Grave Memorial# 84

Edgar John Bergen (February 16, 1903 – September 30, 1978) was an American actor and radio performer, best known as a ventriloquist.

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Edgar Bergen's Timeline

February 16, 1903
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
May 9, 1946
Age 43
Beverly Hills, CA, United States
September 30, 1978
Age 75
Paradise, Clark, Nevada, United States
Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States