Eddie Quillan
Eddie Quillan
Edward "Eddie" Quillan was an American film actor whose career began as a child on the vaudeville stages and silent film and continued through the age of television in the 1980s.
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  • 1990
    Age 82
    Eddie Quillan died of cancer in Burbank, California, in 1990 and was interred at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, California.
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  • 1987
    Age 79
    Eddie Quillan made his last television appearance in a 1987 episode of the television crime-mystery series Matlock.
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  • 1969
    Age 61
    Quillan also appeared in the uncredited role of 'Mr.Cassidy' in the 1969 Gene Kelly film adaptation of Hello, Dolly!, starring Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau and featuring Louis Armstrong.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1970s, Quillan made guest appearances on such television series as Mannix, Chico and the Man and Baretta. After meeting and befriending actor and director Michael Landon, he played numerous bit roles in the popular television series Little House on the Prairie. Quillan also performed in the Landon directed series Highway to Heaven and Father Murphy during the 1980s.
  • 1954
    Age 46
    One notable appearance of the era was his role of 'Sandy' in the 1954 Vincente Minnelli directed musical Brigadoon, starring Gene Kelly, Van Johnson and Cyd Charisse.
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  • 1948
    Age 40
    In 1948 Columbia Pictures producer Jules White teamed Eddie Quillan with veteran movie comic Wally Vernon for a series of comedy short subjects.
    More Details Hide Details White emphasized extreme physical comedy in these films, and Vernon and Quillan made a good team, enthusiastically engaging in pratfalling, kick-in-the-pants slapstick. The series ran through 1956. Beginning in the late 1950s, Eddie Quillan began to make the transition to the medium of television and by the 1960s could be seen frequently appearing as a guest actor in such series as The Andy Griffith Show, Petticoat Junction, Perry Mason, and approximately five appearances on the camp-horror comedy series The Addams Family. He was a regular on the Anthony Franciosa sitcom Valentine's Day from 1964–65, and from 1968 through 1971 he appeared as "Eddie Edson" on the television drama Julia opposite actress Diahann Carroll. Through the 1950s and 1960s, Quillan continued to appear in motion pictures, but in increasingly smaller roles and often in bit parts.
  • 1935
    Age 27
    Eddie Quillan would remain a popular leading and secondary actor throughout the sound film era and would appear in such notable fims as 1935's Mutiny on the Bounty with Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, and Franchot Tone, 1939's Young Mr. Lincoln opposite Henry Fonda and Alice Brady, and as 'Connie Rivers' in John Ford's 1940 film adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath opposite Henry Fonda and 1943's Alaska Highway and It Ain't Hay opposite the comedic duo Abbott and Costello.
    More Details Hide Details Quillan's breezy screen personality was seen in "B" musicals, comedies, and even serials during the 1940s.
  • 1929
    Age 21
    Quillan's breakout role (and first dramatic film role) was in the 1929 Cecil B. DeMille directed The Godless Girl.
    More Details Hide Details The film paired Quillan once again with Basquette and starred Marie Prevost and Noah Beery, Sr. His subsequent exposure from the film landed him a contract with Pathé studios.
  • 1928
    Age 20
    Quillan's first feature-length film was the 1928 comedy-drama Show Folks opposite actress Lina Basquette, in which Quillan appropriately plays a vaudeville dancer.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a modest success and also featured actress Carole Lombard.
    In 1928, Quillan starred in the comedy A Little Bit of Everything, notable because it featured his siblings Marie, Joseph and John in starring roles.
    More Details Hide Details Marie Quillan would eventually embark on a film career of her own and appear opposite her brother once more, in the 1929 comedy Nosy Neighbors.
  • 1926
    Age 18
    His next performance was in the 1926 comedy short The Love Sundae opposite actress Alice Day.
    More Details Hide Details His next ten film appearances (all released in 1926) were all comedy shorts that were vehicles for Day. He would spend most of the remaining years of the 1920s in comedy shorts featuring actresses Ruth Taylor and Madeline Hurlock.
  • 1922
    Age 14
    Quillan's very first film appearance was in the 1922 comedy short Up and at 'Em.
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    Sennett signed Quillan to a contract in 1922.
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  • 1907
    Born on March 31, 1907.
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