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Edward "Eddie" Quillan (March 31, 1907 – July 19, 1990) was an American film actor whose career began as a child on the vaudeville stages and silent film and continued through the age of television in the 1980s.

Quillan's very first film appearance was in the 1922 comedy short Up and at 'Em. His next performance was in the 1926 comedy short The Love Sundae opposite actress Alice Day.

Quillan would remain a popular leading and secondary actor throughout the sound film era and would appear in such notable films as 1935's Mutiny on the Bounty with Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, and Franchot Tone, 1939's Young Mr. Lincoln opposite Henry Fonda and Alice Brady, as 'Connie Rivers' in John Ford's 1940 film adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath opposite Henry Fonda, in 1943's Alaska Highway and It Ain't Hay opposite the comedic duo Abbott and Costello.

Quillan's breezy screen personality was seen in "B" musicals, comedies, and even serials during the 1940s. In 1948 Columbia Pictures producer Jules White teamed Quillan with veteran movie comic Wally Vernon for a series of comedy short subjects. White emphasized extreme physical comedy in these films, and Vernon and Quillan made a good team, enthusiastically engaging in pratfalling, kick-in-the-pants slapstick. The series ran through 1956.

Beginning in the late 1950s, Quillan began to make the transition to the medium of television and by the 1960s could be seen frequently appearing as a guest actor in such series as The Andy Griffith Show, Petticoat Junction, Perry Mason, and approximately five appearances on the camp-horror comedy series The Addams Family. He was a regular on the Anthony Franciosa sitcom Valentine's Day from 1964 to 1965, and from 1968 through 1971 he appeared as "Eddie Edson" on the television drama Julia opposite actress Diahann Carroll.

Through the 1950s and 1960s, Quillan continued to appear in motion pictures, but in increasingly smaller roles and often in bit parts. One notable appearance of the era was his role of 'Sandy' in the 1954 Vincente Minnelli directed musical Brigadoon. Quillan also appeared in the uncredited role of 'Mr.Cassidy' in the 1969 Gene Kelly film adaptation of Hello, Dolly!. Quillan appeared in My Three Sons as Mr Hewlett (1961) and also appeared on the western television adventure series The Rifleman as Angus Evans.

In the 1970s, Quillan made guest appearances on such varied television series as Mannix, Here's Lucy, Chico and the Man and Baretta. After meeting and befriending actor and director Michael Landon, he played numerous bit roles in the popular television series Little House on the Prairie. Quillan also performed in the Landon-directed series Highway to Heaven and Father Murphy during the 1980s. Quillan made his last television appearance in a 1987 episode of the television crime-mystery series Matlock.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Edward "Eddie" Quillan (March 31, 1907 – July 19, 1990) was an American film actor whose career began as a child on the vaudeville stages and silent film and continued through the age of television in the 1980s.

Quillan's very first film appearance was in the 1922 comedy short Up and at 'Em. His next performance was in the 1926 comedy short The Love Sundae opposite actress Alice Day.

Quillan would remain a popular leading and secondary actor throughout the sound film era and would appear in such notable films as 1935's Mutiny on the Bounty with Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, and Franchot Tone, 1939's Young Mr. Lincoln opposite Henry Fonda and Alice Brady, as 'Connie Rivers' in John Ford's 1940 film adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath opposite Henry Fonda, in 1943's Alaska Highway and It Ain't Hay opposite the comedic duo Abbott and Costello.

Quillan's breezy screen personality was seen in "B" musicals, comedies, and even serials during the 1940s. In 1948 Columbia Pictures producer Jules White teamed Quillan with veteran movie comic Wally Vernon for a series of comedy short subjects. White emphasized extreme physical comedy in these films, and Vernon and Quillan made a good team, enthusiastically engaging in pratfalling, kick-in-the-pants slapstick. The series ran through 1956.

Beginning in the late 1950s, Quillan began to make the transition to the medium of television and by the 1960s could be seen frequently appearing as a guest actor in such series as The Andy Griffith Show, Petticoat Junction, Perry Mason, and approximately five appearances on the camp-horror comedy series The Addams Family. He was a regular on the Anthony Franciosa sitcom Valentine's Day from 1964 to 1965, and from 1968 through 1971 he appeared as "Eddie Edson" on the television drama Julia opposite actress Diahann Carroll.

Through the 1950s and 1960s, Quillan continued to appear in motion pictures, but in increasingly smaller roles and often in bit parts. One notable appearance of the era was his role of 'Sandy' in the 1954 Vincente Minnelli directed musical Brigadoon. Quillan also appeared in the uncredited role of 'Mr.Cassidy' in the 1969 Gene Kelly film adaptation of Hello, Dolly!. Quillan appeared in My Three Sons as Mr Hewlett (1961) and also appeared on the western television adventure series The Rifleman as Angus Evans.

In the 1970s, Quillan made guest appearances on such varied television series as Mannix, Here's Lucy, Chico and the Man and Baretta. After meeting and befriending actor and director Michael Landon, he played numerous bit roles in the popular television series Little House on the Prairie. Quillan also performed in the Landon-directed series Highway to Heaven and Father Murphy during the 1980s. Quillan made his last television appearance in a 1987 episode of the television crime-mystery series Matlock.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 117

Birthday 1907-03-31

Day of Death 1990-07-19

Place of Birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1986 Matlock (1 episode)
1985 Hell Town (15 episodes) as Poco Loco
1985 Moonlighting (1 episode)
1984 Highway to Heaven (2 episodes)
1983 The A-Team (1 episode) as Old Man
1975 The Strongest Man in the World as Mr. Willoughby
1975 Baretta (1 episode)
1974 Police Woman (1 episode)
1974 Lucas Tanner (3 episodes)
1974 Little House on the Prairie (6 episodes)
1974 Petrocelli (1 episode)
1974 Hitchhike! as Counterman
1973 Incident on a Dark Street as Security Guard
1972 The Streets of San Francisco (1 episode)
1972 Now You See Him, Now You Don't as Charlie, School Custodian (uncredited)
1971 Columbo (1 episode) as Ferguson
1971 How To Frame A Figg as Old Man
1970 The Over The Hill Gang Rides Again as Silver Dollar Bartender
1968 Here's Lucy (2 episodes)
1968 Julia (3 episodes)
1968 The Shakiest Gun in the West as Train Porter (uncredited)
1967 Mannix (3 episodes)
1967 The Guns of Will Sonnett (2 episodes)
1967 Cimarron Strip (1 episode)
1966 The Ghost & Mr. Chicken as Elevator Operator
1966 Batman (1 episode)
1965 The F.B.I. (1 episode)
1965 The Big Valley (1 episode)
1965 Lost in Space (1 episode) as Bartender
1965 The Bounty Killer as Pianist
1964 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1 episode)
1964 Daniel Boone (5 episodes)
1964 The Addams Family (64 episodes) as Joe Digby (5 episodes)
1964 Valentine's Day (34 episodes)
1963 Gunfight at Comanche Creek as Stevens House Room Clerk
1963 Glynis (1 episode)
1963 Petticoat Junction (2 episodes)
1963 Burke's Law (2 episodes)
1963 Promises! Promises! as Bartender
1963 Summer Magic as Boston Mailman
1963 Come Blow Your Horn as Elevator Operator
1961 87th Precinct (1 episode)
1961 The Ladies Man as Wolf Man (scenes deleted)
1961 Mister Ed (1 episode)
1960 Surfside 6 (1 episode)
1960 The Andy Griffith Show (1 episode)
1960 Pete and Gladys (1 episode)
1960 Lifetime of Comedy
1959 The Detectives (1 episode)
1959 The Alaskans (1 episode)
1959 Law of the Plainsman (1 episode)
1958 The Rifleman (2 episodes)
1958 The Texan (1 episode)
1957 Perry Mason (1 episode) as Agent (2 episodes)
1957 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1 episode)
1956 Jungle Safari
1955 Gunsmoke (2 episodes)
1954 Brigadoon as Sandy
1952 Heebie Gee-Gees as Eddie
1950 Sideshow as Big Top
1946 A Guy Could Change as George Cummings
1945 Sensation Hunters as Ray Lawson
1945 Jungle Raiders as Joe Riley
1945 Song of the Sarong as Tony Romans
1945 Jungle Queen as Chuck Kelly
1944 The Mystery of the Riverboat as Jug Jenks [Chs. 1-4, 7]
1944 Moonlight and Cactus as Stubby Lamont
1944 Dark Mountain as Willie Dinsmire
1944 Dixie Jamboree as Jeff Calhoun
1944 This Is the Life as Gus
1944 Twilight on the Prairie as Phil
1944 Hi, Good Lookin'! as Dynamo Carson
1944 The Impostor as Bouteau
1943 Hi'ya, Sailor as Corky Mills
1943 Here Comes Kelly as Trixie Bell (as Maxie Rosenbloom)
1943 Melody Parade as Jimmy Tracy
1943 Alaska Highway as Pompadour 'Shorty' Jones
1943 Follow the Band as Marvin Howe
1943 It Ain't Hay as Harry, the Horse
1942 Priorities on Parade as Sticks O'Hara
1942 Kid Glove Killer as Eddie Wright
1941 Flying Blind as Riley
1941 Too Many Blondes as Wally Pelton
1941 The Flame of New Orleans as le troisième marin
1941 Six Lessons From Madame La Zonga as Skat
1941 Where Did You Get That Girl? as Joe Olsen
1940 Dark Streets of Cairo as Jerry Jones
1940 Dancing on a Dime as Jack Norcross
1940 La Conga Nights as Titus Endover
1940 The Grapes of Wrath as Connie Rivers
1939 Allegheny Uprising as Anderson
1939 Hawaiian Nights as Ray Peters
1939 Young Mr. Lincoln as Adam Clay
1939 The Flying Irishman as Henry Corrigan
1939 The Family Next Door as Sammy Pierce
1939 Made for Each Other as Conway (pilot)
1938 Swing, Sister, Swing as Chick 'Satchel Lips' Peters
1937 Big City as Mike Edwards
1937 London by Night as Bill
1936 The Mandarin Mystery as Ellery Queen
1936 The Gentleman from Louisiana as Tod Mason
1935 Mutiny on the Bounty as Thomas "Tommy" Ellison
1934 Gridiron Flash as Tommy "Cherub" Burke
1934 Hollywood Party as Bob Benson
1933 Meet The Baron as Man at Dock
1933 Broadway to Hollywood as Ted Hackett III
1933 Strictly Personal as Thomas ("Tommy") Jefferson Reed
1932 Girl Crazy as Danny Churchill
1931 The Big Shot as Ray Smith
1931 The Tip-Off as Thomas 'Tommy' Jordan
1931 Sweepstakes as Buddy Doyle
1930 Night Work as Willie
1929 The Sophomore as Joe Collins
1929 The Godless Girl as Samuel 'Bozo' Johnson
1928 Show Folks
1927 The Golf Nut as Eddie
1927 Catalina, Here I Come as Eddie

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