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Edward Santree Brophy (February 27, 1895 – May 27, 1960) was an American character actor, voice artist, and comedian. Small of build, balding, and raucous-voiced, he frequently portrayed dumb cops and gangsters, both serious and comic.

He is best remembered for his roles in the Falcon film series, based on the suave detective of the same name, and for voicing Timothy Q. Mouse in Dumbo (1941). Edward Santree Brophy was born in New York City and attended the University of Virginia. His screen debut was in Yes or No (1920).

In 1928, with only a few minor film roles to his credit, Brophy was working as a junior production executive for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer when he was chosen to appear with Buster Keaton in one sequence of Keaton's film The Cameraman. As two clients in a bath-house, Brophy and Keaton attempt to undress and put on bathing suits while sharing a single tiny changing room. Each time Keaton attempts to hang his clothes on one hook, Brophy removes the clothes and hands them back to Keaton and gestures to the other hook. He manhandles the smaller, more slender Keaton, at one point picking him up by the feet and dumping him out of his trousers. Appearing only in this one brief scene, Brophy attracted enough attention to receive more and better roles. Though he did appear in a few theatre roles, most of his long and prolific career was in film and was spent at the studios of MGM.

He played the main character's loyal manager in The Champ (1931), a Rollo Brother circus proprietor, with Matt McHugh in the movie Freaks (1932), Joe Morelli from The Thin Man (1934) and Nick Charles' friend Brogan from The Thin Man Goes Home (1944). Brophy made a lasting impression on Disney fans as the voice of Timothy Q. Mouse in Dumbo, even though he was uncredited for this role (Brophy later reprised the role for the 1957 Disneyland Records adaptation). He also made several appearances in the films of director John Ford.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Edward Santree Brophy (February 27, 1895 – May 27, 1960) was an American character actor, voice artist, and comedian. Small of build, balding, and raucous-voiced, he frequently portrayed dumb cops and gangsters, both serious and comic.

He is best remembered for his roles in the Falcon film series, based on the suave detective of the same name, and for voicing Timothy Q. Mouse in Dumbo (1941). Edward Santree Brophy was born in New York City and attended the University of Virginia. His screen debut was in Yes or No (1920).

In 1928, with only a few minor film roles to his credit, Brophy was working as a junior production executive for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer when he was chosen to appear with Buster Keaton in one sequence of Keaton's film The Cameraman. As two clients in a bath-house, Brophy and Keaton attempt to undress and put on bathing suits while sharing a single tiny changing room. Each time Keaton attempts to hang his clothes on one hook, Brophy removes the clothes and hands them back to Keaton and gestures to the other hook. He manhandles the smaller, more slender Keaton, at one point picking him up by the feet and dumping him out of his trousers. Appearing only in this one brief scene, Brophy attracted enough attention to receive more and better roles. Though he did appear in a few theatre roles, most of his long and prolific career was in film and was spent at the studios of MGM.

He played the main character's loyal manager in The Champ (1931), a Rollo Brother circus proprietor, with Matt McHugh in the movie Freaks (1932), Joe Morelli from The Thin Man (1934) and Nick Charles' friend Brogan from The Thin Man Goes Home (1944). Brophy made a lasting impression on Disney fans as the voice of Timothy Q. Mouse in Dumbo, even though he was uncredited for this role (Brophy later reprised the role for the 1957 Disneyland Records adaptation). He also made several appearances in the films of director John Ford.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 120

Birthday 1895-02-27

Day of Death 1960-05-27

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Edward S. Brophy
  • Ed Brophy
  • Eddie Brophy

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1958 The Last Hurrah as 'Ditto' Boland
1956 Bundle of Joy as Dance Contest Judge
1955 The Millionaire(1 episode)
1952 Mr. & Mrs. North(2 episodes)
1951 Roaring City as 'Professor' Fredrick Simpson Schicka
1951 Danger Zone as Prof. Frederick Simpson Schicker
1950 Pier 23 as Prof. Shicker
1949 Arson, Inc. as Pete Purdy
1947 It Happened on Fifth Avenue as Gates Patrolman Cecil Felton
1946 Renegade Girl as Bob Crandall
1946 The Falcon's Adventure as Goldie Locke (as Edward S. Brophy)
1946 Swing Parade of 1946 as Moose
1946 Girl on the Spot as Fingers Foley (as Edward S. Brophy)
1945 The Falcon in San Francisco as Goldie Locke
1945 I'll Remember April as Shadow (as Edward S. Brophy)
1945 The Thin Man Goes Home as Brogan
1945 Wonder Man as Torso
1944 A Night of Adventure as Steve
1944 It Happened Tomorrow as Jake Shomberg
1944 Cover Girl as Joe - Bartender (uncredited)
1943 A Scream in the Dark as Eddie Tough (as Edward S. Brophy)
1943 Destroyer as Casey (as Ed Brophy)
1943 Air Force as Marine Sgt. J.J. Callahan
1943 Lady Bodyguard as Harry Gargan
1942 Madame Spy as Mike Reese (as Edward S. Brophy)
1942 Broadway as Porky
1942 Larceny Inc. as Weepy Davis
1942 Breakdowns of 1942 as Himself (uncredited)
1941 Steel Against the Sky as Pete Evans
1941 All Through the Night as Joe Denning
1941 The Gay Falcon as Detective Bates
1941 Dumbo as Timothy Q. Mouse (voice)
1941 Buy Me That Town as Ziggy
1941 Nine Lives Are Not Enough as Officer Slattery
1941 A Dangerous Game as Bugsy (misspelled Bugs in on-screen credits)
1941 The Bride Came C.O.D. as Hinkle
1941 Thieves Fall Out as Rork
1941 Sleepers West as George Trautwein
1940 The Invisible Woman as Bill
1940 Dance, Girl, Dance as Dwarfie Humblewinger
1940 The Great Profile as Sylvester
1940 Golden Gloves as Potsy Brill
1940 Alias the Deacon as Stuffy
1940 Calling Philo Vance as Ryan
1939 The Amazing Mr. Williams as Buck Moseby
1939 Kid Nightingale as Mike Jordon
1939 Golden Boy as Roxy Lewis
1939 The Kid From Kokomo as Eddie Black
1939 For Love or Money as Sleeper
1939 Society Lawyer as Max
1939 Pardon Our Nerve as Nosey Nelson
1939 You Can't Cheat an Honest Man as Corbett
1938 Gambling Ship as Cuthbert Innocent (as Ed Brophy)
1938 Vacation from Love as Barney Keenan
1938 Come On, Leathernecks! as Max 'Curly' Maxwell
1938 Passport Husband as Spike
1938 Gold Diggers in Paris as Mike Coogan
1938 Hold That Kiss as Al
1938 Romance on the Run as Whitey Whitehouse
1938 A Slight Case of Murder as Lefty
1937 Blossoms On Broadway as Prussic
1937 The Last Gangster as Fats Garvey (as Edward S. Brody)
1937 The Girl Said No as Pick
1937 Trapped by G-Men as Lefty
1937 Varsity Show as Mike Barclay
1937 The Great Gambini as Butch
1937 The Hit Parade as Mulrooney
1937 The Soldier and the Lady as Packer
1937 Jim Hanvey, Detective as Romo
1937 Oh, Doctor as Meg Smith
1936 Career Woman as Doc Curley
1936 Great Guy as Pete Reilly
1936 Mister Cinderella as Detective McNutt
1936 All American Chump as Pudgy Murphy
1936 Wedding Present as Squinty
1936 Kelly The Second as Ike Arnold
1936 Spendthrift as Bill McGuire
1936 The Case Against Mrs. Ames as Sid
1936 Here Comes Trouble as Crowley
1936 Strike Me Pink as Killer
1935 Show Them No Mercy! as Buzz
1935 Remember Last Night? as Maxie
1935 1,000 Dollars a Minute as Benny Dolan
1935 I Live My Life as Pete
1935 China Seas as Wilbur Timmons
1935 She Gets Her Man as Flash
1935 Mad Love as Rollo the Knife Thrower
1935 The Whole Town's Talking as 'Slugs' Martin
1935 Shadow of Doubt as Wilcox
1935 Sequoia as Forest Ranger Pete
1934 Evelyn Prentice as Eddie Delaney
1934 Death on the Diamond as Grogan
1934 Hide-Out as Det. Britt
1934 Paris Interlude as Ham
1934 The Thin Man as Joe Morelli
1934 The Poor Rich as Flannigan
1933 Broadway to Hollywood as Joe Mannion
1933 Hello Pop as Brophy
1933 Beer and Pretzels as Theater Manager (uncredited)
1933 What! No Beer? as Spike Moran
1932 Flesh as Dolan - a Referee
1932 Prosperity as Ice Cream Salesman (uncredited)
1932 Skyscraper Souls as Man in Elevator (uncredited)
1932 The Beast of the City as Police Dispatcher (uncredited)
1931 The Champ as Tim
1931 A Dangerous Affair as Nelson
1931 Sporting Blood as Newsreel Cameraman (uncredited)
1931 Parlor, Bedroom and Bath as Detective
1930 Paid as Burglar (uncredited)
1930 Remote Control as Al
1930 Those Three French Girls as Yank
1930 Doughboys as Sgt. Brophy
1930 Our Blushing Brides as Joe Munsey
1930 Estrellados as Assistant Director
1928 The Cameraman as Man in Bath-House (uncredited)
1928 West Point as Team Manager
1921 The Sign on the Door as Newspaper Photographer (uncredited)
1920 Yes or No as Tom Martin (as Edward S. Brophy)

Directing

1931 Buster se marieDirector
1928 West PointAssistant Director
1921 The Sign on the DoorAssistant Director

Production

1930 Free and EasyProduction Manager

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