Eddie Acuff

Edward DeKalb Acuff (June 3, 1903 – December 17, 1956) was an American stage and film actor. He frequently was cast as a droll comic relief, in the support of the star. His best-known recurring role is that of Mr. Beasley, the postman, in the Blondie movie series that starred Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake.[1]

Eddie Acuff
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Born
Edward DeKalb Acuff

(1903-06-03)June 3, 1903
DiedDecember 17, 1956(1956-12-17) (aged 53)
OccupationActor
Years active1932–1952

Early yearsEdit

Acuff was born in Caruthersville, Missouri.[2] He was the son of DeKalb Acuff (1880-1916)[3] and his wife Grace (later known as Mrs. H. N. Arnold),[4].

CareerEdit

Before beginning his Hollywood film career in 1934, Acuff performed in Broadway theatre in the early-1930s. His Broadway credits include Jayhawker (1934), Yellow Jack (1934), John Brown (1934), Growing Pains (1933), Heat Lightning (1933), and The Dark Hours (1932).[5]

In 1935, Warner Bros. signed Acuff to a long-term contract and scheduled him to debut on film in Anchors Aweigh.[6] He had a recurring role as the postman in the Blondie film series.[7] Acuff was seen in three film serials — as Curly in Jungle Girl, as Red Kelly, in Daredevils of the West, and as Spud Warner in Chick Carter Detective.[8]

DeathEdit

On December 17, 1956, Acuff died of a heart attack[2] in Hollywood, California. He is buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery.[9]

Partial filmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Day's Best Hollywood Story". Toledo Blade. January 12, 1948. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b Mayer, Geoff (2017). Encyclopedia of American Film Serials. McFarland. p. 26. ISBN 9780786477623. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  3. ^ Obituary: DeKalb Acuff, The Pemiscot Argus, Caruthersville, MO., p. 6, 24 Feb. 1916
  4. ^ "Eddie Acuff in picture Sun.-Mon". Caruthersville Journal. Missouri, Caruthersville. July 1, 1937. p. 4. Retrieved January 2, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Eddie Acuff". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 26 December 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  6. ^ Percy, Eileen (June 4, 1935). "Warners Sign Stage Comic". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. p. 8. Retrieved January 2, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Eddie Acuff Returns As Postman in 'Blondie' Series". The Owensboro Messenger. Kentucky, Owensboro. August 22, 1948. p. 15. Retrieved January 2, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Cline, William C. (1997). In the Nick of Time: Motion Picture Sound Serials. McFarland. p. 100. ISBN 9780786404711. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  9. ^ Resting Places: The Burial Places of 14,000 Famous Persons, by Scott Wilson

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