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Ed Wynn
Background information
Born: Isaiah Edwin Leopold
November 9, 1886
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 19, 1966 (aged 79)
Beverly Hills, California, United States
Cause of death: Throat Cancer
Alternate names: Isaiah Edwin Leopold
Occupation(s): Actor, comedian
Years active: 1903-1966
Spouse(s): Hilda Keenan (1914-1937)
Frieda Mierse (1937-1939)
Dorothy Elizabeth Nesbitt (1946-1955)
Children: Keenan Wynn

Ed Wynn was an American populare actor and comedian. He was known for the giggly, wavering voice he developed for the 1921 musical review The Perfect Fool. Wynn was posthumously named a Disney Legend on August 10, 2013.

His stage name is a pun of his middle name "Edwin".


Before Disney[]

He was one of the actors approached to play The Wizard in the 1939 classic film The Wizard Of Oz, however, the role was too small for him.

Disney filmography[]

For Disney, he voiced the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland (1951) and portrayed Uncle Albert in Mary Poppins (1964). He also played as Mr. Toymaker in Babes in Toyland, Fire chief in The Absent-Minded Professor, A. J. Allen in Son of Flubber, Mr. Hofstedder the Jeweler in That Darn Cat!, and (his final role) Rufus the Gnome King in The Gnome-Mobile. In 1933, he was caricatured by Joe Grant in the Mickey Mouse short Mickey's Gala Premiere.

His performance as the Mad Hatter served as inspiration and reference for the character King Candy in the 2012 Disney animated feature film Wreck-It Ralph.

Disney parks[]

In addition to Disney films, Wynn was also a popular character in the Disneyland production The Golden Horseshoe Revue.


Wynn died June 19, 1966 in Beverly Hills, California of throat cancer, aged 79. He was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, and his gravestone reads "Dear God, Thanks... Ed Wynn".

His granddaughter stated in her speech when accepting his Disney Legends award on his behalf that Walt Disney was a pallbearer at his funeral.

Reference in Mighty Ducks[]

Chameleon was seen transforming into Ed Wynn in the Mighty Ducks episode; "Beak to the Future".

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