Stars of Vaudeville #309: Edward Everett Horton
This won’t shock ya — beloved character Edward Everett Horton, foil of Fred and Ginger, (and player in dozens more Hollywood movies), narrator of Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons, and even a comical Indian on F Troop and Batman, spent his formative years (1906-1919) on the vaudeville stage. In the 20s he moved to Hollywood and began and acting in silent films, but his career really took off when sound came in and we could finally hear that very unique voice — just made to play countless hand-wringing butlers. He was born this day in 1886; he passed away in 1970.
To learn more about the roots of variety entertainment, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.