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.
Edward DeKalb Acuff
June 3, 1903
Caruthersville, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||December 17, 1956 (aged 53)|
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).
In 1935, Warner Bros. signed Acuff to a long-term contract and scheduled him to debut on film in Anchors Aweigh. He had a recurring role as the postman in the Blondie film series. 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.
- I Found Stella Parish (1935), as Dimmy
- Miss Pacific Fleet (1935), as Clarence Dutch
- The Petrified Forest (1936) as 1st Lineman
- The Walking Dead (1936), as Betcha
- The Golden Arrow (1936)
- The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936), as Spudsy Drake
- Black Legion (1937) as Metcalf
- The Go Getter (1937), as Bob Blair
- What Price Vengeance? (1937), as Tex McGirk
- The Singing Marine (1937), as Sam
- The Outer Gate (1937), as Todd
- Back in Circulation (1937), as Murphy
- Love Is on the Air (1937), as Dunk Glover
- She Loved a Fireman (1937), as Skillet Michaels
- Hollywood Hotel (1937)
- Guns of the Pecos (1937), as Jeff Carter
- The Invisible Menace (1938)
- Law of the Underworld (1938)
- Smashing the Rackets (1938), as Joe
- Four Daughters (1938)
- Youth Takes a Fling (1938)
- Meet Dr. Christian (1939), as Joe Benson
- The Roaring Twenties (1939) as a Cab Driver (uncredited)
- Cafe Hostess (1939), as Scotty
- Shooting High (1940)
- They Drive By Night (1940) as Driver at café (uncredited)
- The Boys from Syracuse (1940)
- The Bank Dick (1940) (uncredited)
- Robin Hood of the Pecos (1941)
- Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga (1941)
- High Sierra (1941) as Bus Driver (uncredited)
- The Wagons Roll at Night (1941) as Pickpocket Victim (uncredited)
- The People vs. Dr. Kildare (1941), as Clifford Genet, an orderly
- The Great American Broadcast (1941)
- Jungle Girl (1941 serial)
- They Died with Their Boots On (1941) (uncredited)
- Hellzapoppin' (1941) (uncredited)
- Dr. Kildare's Victory (1942), as Clifford Genet, an orderly
- Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) as a Reporter (uncredited)
- Calling Dr. Gillespie (1942), as Clifford Genet, an orderly
- Guadalcanal Diary (1943) (uncredited)
- Sergeant Mike (1944) as Monnohan
- Hat Check Honey (1944)
- It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
- The Clock (1945) (uncredited)
- The Frozen Ghost (1945) (uncredited)
- Wonder Man (1945) (uncredited)
- The Jungle Captive (1945)
- Her Lucky Night (1945)
- Shadow of Terror (1945)
- She Gets Her Man (1945)
- The Flying Serpent (1946)
- Chick Carter, Detective (1946 serial)
- Heldorado (1946)
- Blondie's Holiday (1947)
- Bells of San Angelo (1947)
- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) (uncredited)
- Down To Earth (1947) (uncredited)
- Swing the Western Way (1947)
- Bungalow 13 (1948)
- Black Bart (1948) as a Townsman
- Home in San Antone (1949)
- "Day's Best Hollywood Story". Toledo Blade. January 12, 1948. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
- Mayer, Geoff (2017). Encyclopedia of American Film Serials. McFarland. p. 26. ISBN 9780786477623. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
- Obituary: DeKalb Acuff, The Pemiscot Argus, Caruthersville, MO., p. 6, 24 Feb. 1916
- "Eddie Acuff in picture Sun.-Mon". Caruthersville Journal. Missouri, Caruthersville. July 1, 1937. p. 4. Retrieved January 2, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Eddie Acuff". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 26 December 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
- Percy, Eileen (June 4, 1935). "Warners Sign Stage Comic". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. p. 8. Retrieved January 2, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "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.
- Cline, William C. (1997). In the Nick of Time: Motion Picture Sound Serials. McFarland. p. 100. ISBN 9780786404711. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
- Resting Places: The Burial Places of 14,000 Famous Persons, by Scott Wilson
- Eddie Acuff at the Internet Broadway Database
- Eddie Acuff at IMDb
- Eddie Acuff at AllMovie