Eddie Foy Jr.

Edwin Fitzgerald Jr. (February 4, 1905 – July 15, 1983), known professionally as Eddie Foy Jr., was an American stage, film, and television actor.

Eddie Foy Jr.
Eddie Foy Jr. in Yankee Doodle Dandy trailer.jpg
Foy Jr. in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Born
Edwin Fitzgerald Jr.

(1905-02-04)February 4, 1905
DiedJuly 15, 1983(1983-07-15) (aged 78)
Resting placeHoly Sepulchre Cemetery
OccupationActor
Years active1915–1977
Spouse(s)
Barbara Newberry
(m. 1930; div. 1932)

Anna Marie McKenney
(m. 1933; died 1952)
ChildrenEddie Foy III
Parent(s)Eddie Foy

Early lifeEdit

 
Eddie Foy Jr. performing as part of The Seven Little Foys in 1916

Edwin Fitzgerald Jr. was born on February 4, 1905, in New Rochelle, New York, the son of vaudevillian Eddie Foy and his third wife, Madeline Morando. He was one of the "Seven Little Foys" immortalized in the 1955 film of the same name. Of the seven, he had the longest performing career, and the only one in movies (though six Foys appeared in two short films directed by his elder brother Bryan Foy).

CareerEdit

He made his Broadway debut in Florenz Ziegfeld's 1929 extravaganza Show Girl alongside Ruby Keeler and Jimmy Durante. He also appeared in At Home Abroad, The Cat and the Fiddle, The Red Mill, The Pajama Game, Donnybrook!, and Rumple (1957), for which he received a Tony Award nomination as Best Actor in a Musical.

Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Foy appeared in dozens of B movies. He closely resembled his father,[1] and portrayed him in four feature films: Frontier Marshal (1939), Lillian Russell (1940), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), and Wilson (1944), and again in a 1964 telefilm about the family's early days in vaudeville. Additional film credits include The Farmer Takes a Wife, The Pajama Game, Bells Are Ringing, and Gidget Goes Hawaiian.

Foy found steady work with the advent of television. In addition to a leading role in the first hour-long sitcom, Fair Exchange, he made numerous guest appearances on such programs as The Gisele MacKenzie Show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Glynis, My Living Doll, Burke's Law, ABC Stage 67, My Three Sons, and Nanny and the Professor.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1933, Foy married Anna Marie McKenney. They had a son, Eddie Foy III,[2] and she died in 1952.[3]

DeathEdit

Foy died of pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles on July 15, 1983 at age 78.[4] He is buried alongside his father and siblings (except his brother Bryan) in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in New Rochelle, New York.[citation needed]

FilmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hal Erickson, Eddie Foy, Jr. Biography, AllMovie.com
  2. ^ Mara, Margaret (April 12, 1946). "Mrs. Eddie Foy Jr. Is Superb in Difficult Role". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. p. 16. Retrieved June 9, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ McManus, Margaret (November 19, 1961). "Eddie Foy Jr. in Live TV Show". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Missouri, St. Louis. p. 199. Retrieved June 9, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Eddie Foy Jr., actor, dancer and comedian". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. Reuter. July 16, 1983. p. 27. Retrieved June 9, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.

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