Ed Gardner

Born Jun 29, 1901

Edward Francis 'Ed' Gardner was an American comic actor, writer and director, best remembered as the creator and star of the radio's popular Duffy's Tavern comedy series. Born in Astoria, New York, Gardner was a representative for the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency before going into show business. He began producing for the stage in the early 1930s.… Read More

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1901 Birth Born in 1901.


1942 41 Years Old The daughter was played by several actresses but began with Shirley Booth, Gardner's first wife, with whom he remained friends even after their 1942 divorce. … Read More
1943 42 Years Old Gardner's second marriage, to Simone Hegemann in 1943, endured until his death and produced two sons, Edward, Jr. (b. 1944) and Stephen (b. 1948).
1949 48 Years Old In 1949, hoping to be able to take advantage of Puerto Rico's income-tax free status for future media ventures, Gardner moved his radio show there. … Read More


1954 53 Years Old He also tried bringing Duffy's Tavern to television in 1954, but this, too, proved a failure. … Read More
1958 57 Years Old By 1958, the tall, gangling comedian was semi-retired, living with his wife and sons in Beverly Hills and making only occasional guest appearances, such as a few turns on Alfred Hitchcock Presents in 1961 and 1962. … Read More


1963 62 Years Old Died in 1963.
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