Edward Begley Sr

Edward James Begley Sr (1901 - 1970)

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Edward James Begley Sr
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, United Statesmap
Husband of — married about (to about ) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Husband of — married (to about ) in Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
Husband of — married (to ) in Clark, Nevada, United Statesmap
Died in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Oct 2018 | Last significant change: 23 Nov 2018
14:10: Gil Davis edited the Biography for Edward Begley Sr. (added cemetery) [Thank Gil for this]
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Categories: Famous Actors of the 20th Century | Academy Award Winners of the 20th Century | Tony Award Winners of the 20th Century | United States Navy | San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, California | American Notables.

Biography

Edward Begley Sr is Notable.

Son of Michael Joseph Begley and Hannah Clifford

He grew up with his family who ran a boarding house in Hartford, Connecticut. His father was a laborer who was apparently able to mimic accents of many different types and amused his children to no end with his stories. Ed claimed his parents were wonderful people, but he felt such a sense of adventure that he repeatedly ran away. He would be caught and sent back many times until around the time when he was in the fifth grade (around the age of 13 - about 1914/1915), and he never went back to live there. It's difficult to say which came first, his running away for the last time or his mother's passing, but they were fairly close together in time. Initially he worked for carnivals, fairs, and the circus to make enough to live on. Later, he did small acting roles, sold brushes, delivered milk, was and an elevator operator. Reportedly, he did come back home from time to time, and was generous with money with members of his family.

By his teens, he had already landed roles on the stage and on radio. He appeared on Broadway in 1917 at the age of 16. He was the first voice of Charlie Chan on the radio. While it appears he was too young to join the military during World War I, he did join the Navy and serve for a time. It is possible that he met his first wife during this time. Amanda (or possibly just Manda) Huff was born in Union County, Pennsylvania, and around 1 April 1922 Ed and Amanda were married in Philadelphia. They had a son together - Thomas Martin Begley - who was born 17 July 1923 in Connecticut. It does not appear that they had any other children together.

On a side note, Ed was never known for his beauty. He was rough around the edges, seemed attracted to roles that involved broken people or just plain rough-houser's who didn't seem to give a darn. But those around him reported a different man - one who was warm and generous with his money and time. And while he never won any beauty contests, his victories in his acting career stood out for all to see.

Ed continued to work in theater, finding roles where he could. It appears that most of his roles (at least the ones that could be found) show between 1906 and 1921. By 1930 on the Census he was recorded as doing "factory work" at a wine mold. By 1940 on the Census, he was listed as a Radio Actor. By this time he was in his 40's, and it appears his career in acting began to improve dramatically. He worked consistently in radio throughout the 40's and into the 50's, and by the late 40's began to appear in supporting film roles. At this same time, he had an affair with Allene Jeanne Sanders, who gave birth to a son in 1949. It appears that Ed and Amanda agreed to raise him as one of their own, and they did not tell him of his birth mother until many years later.

Amanda passed away in Hempstead, New York in July 1957, but Ed's career continued to soar. In 1956 he won the Tony Award for his performance on Inherit the Wind, and he had memorable performances in both television and film. By the end of the 50's, he had relocated to Los Angeles, and on 7 June 1961 he married Dorothy F Reeves (maiden name Bates). This marriage was short lived, as they divorced by 1963, and he married once again to Helen Denver (her name was Helen Jordan - this was believed to be her second marriage) on 12 December 1963 in Nevada. It was in the period of changing relationships that he won his Academy Award in 1962 for his performance in Sweet Bird of Youth.

He continued to act throughout the 1960's and starred in at least 3 films that were released in 1970. He was in Hollywood when he suffered a myocardial infarction (heart attack) and died on 28 April 1970. He was buried in the Mission Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Sources

  • "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Marriage Indexes, 1885-1951," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JVH8-CXH : 21 September 2017), Edward J Begley and Huff, 1922; citing license number 458422, Clerk of the Orphan's Court. City Hall.
  • "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Marriage Indexes, 1885-1951," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJBX-8JN : 25 September 2017), Begley and Amanda E Huff, 1922; citing license number 458422, Clerk of the Orphan's Court. City Hall.
  • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XMPV-F9D : accessed 18 October 2018), Edward Begley, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 53, sheet 13B, line 94, family 315, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 264; FHL microfilm 2,339,999.
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KWMT-W5G : 16 March 2018), Edward Begley, Ward 14, Hartford, Hartford Town, Hartford, Connecticut, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 10-157, sheet 19B, line 54, family 458, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 538.
  • "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZFC-BMZ : 13 March 2018), Edward James Begley, 1917-1918; citing Hartford City no 3, Connecticut, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,561,897.
  • "California Marriage Index, 1960-1985," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V62B-LLZ : 27 November 2014), Edward J Begley and Dorothy F Reeves, 07 Jun 1961; from "California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2007); citing Los Angeles, California, Center of Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento.
  • "Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VVKB-T66 : 9 December 2014), Edward J Begley and Helen Jordan, 12 Dec 1963; from "Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-2005," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2007); citing , Nevada, United States, County Book , p. I02, archive film number , Nevada State Health Division, Carson City, and Clark County Marriage Bureau, Las Vegas.
  • "Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VVJY-45S : 9 December 2014), Helen Joan and Edward J Begley, 12 Dec 1963; from "Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-2005," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2007); citing , Nevada, United States, County Book , p. H01, archive film number , Nevada State Health Division, Carson City, and Clark County Marriage Bureau, Las Vegas.
  • "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JPQ3-H68 : 20 May 2014), Edward Begley, Apr 1970; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  • "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKL8-CJZY : accessed 19 October 2018), Ed Begley in entry for Maureen Kathleen Begley, Springfield, Massachusetts, United States, 22 Nov 2009; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing Sunday Republican, born-digital text.
  • "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKL5-SNS1 : accessed 19 October 2018), Ed Begley in entry for Maureen Kathleen Begley, Springfield, Massachusetts, United States, 23 Nov 2009; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing Republican, The, born-digital text.


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