Edgar Bergen

Comedian + Ventriloquist
Born Feb 16, 1903

Edgar John Bergen was an American actor and radio performer, best known as a ventriloquist.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Edgar Bergen.


1903 Birth Born on February 16, 1903.


1919 16 Years Old In the fall of 1919, Edgar paid Chicago woodcarver Theodore Mack $36 to sculpt a likeness of a rascally red-headed Irish newspaperboy he knew. … Read More
1922 19 Years Old Between June 1922 and August 1925, he performed every summer on the professional Chautauqua circuit and at the Lyceum theater in Chicago. … Read More


1937 34 Years Old …  At the height of their popularity in 1937, Bergen was presented an Honorary Oscar (in the form of a wooden Oscar statuette) for his creation of Charlie McCarthy. … Read More
1938 35 Years Old Bergen and McCarthy are sometimes credited with "saving the world" because, on the night of October 30, 1938, when Orson Welles performed his War of the Worlds radio play hoax that panicked many listeners, most of the American public had instead tuned to Bergen and McCarthy on another station and never heard Welles' play. … Read More


1945 - 1946 2 More Events
1948 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In December 1948, Edgar announced he was temporarily "retiring" from radio, admitting that Stop the Music was too popular to compete with.
1949 46 Years Old In October 1949, Bergen went to CBS, with a new weekly program, The Charlie McCarthy Show, sponsored by Coca-Cola.
1950 47 Years Old Although his regular series never made the transition to television, Bergen made numerous appearances on the medium during his career. In a filmed Thanksgiving special, billed as his TV debut, sponsored by Coca-Cola on CBS in 1950, the new character Podine Puffington was introduced. … Read More


1954 51 Years Old On 26 December 1954, Bergen appeared on What's My Line as a mystery guest.
1956 53 Years Old Bergen also hosted the television game show Do You Trust Your Wife? in 1956–57, later succeeded, in a daytime edition, by Johnny Carson.
1957 54 Years Old He appeared in the Christmas 1957 episode of NBC's The Gisele MacKenzie Show.
1958 55 Years Old In 1958 Bergen appeared with his 12-year-old daughter Candice on an episode of You Bet Your Life starring Groucho Marx.
1959 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1959, he appeared in the second episode entitled "Dossier" of the NBC espionage series Five Fingers starring David Hedison.
1960 57 Years Old He guest-starred as Charlie in the 1960 episode "Moment of Fear" of CBS's The DuPont Show with June Allyson.


1978 75 Years Old 1 More Event
It was in mid-September 1978 that he announced that he was retiring after 48 years in show business and sending his monocled, top-hatted partner to the Smithsonian Institution. … Read More
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