Ed Wynn The Fire Chief
Anyone who ever saw Ed Wynn will remember him and his unforgetable giddly voice. That tousled hair, that rubbery face, that fluttery voice and his kindly demeanor. The sad thing is that his, and many of these brilliant character actor's, memories are fading away. Young people are truly missing out on some fabulous talent. The legacy of Ed Wynn and the others is preserved on film and video tape but these youngsters need to be aware of that. Ed Wynn had his own style, which began in vaudeville and evolved from there into television and movies.
Ed Wynn was more a clown, than comedian in style. He brought vaudeville to television in its waning days and those of us living in the 1950s were privileged to experience that medium. He evolved into one fantastic character actor in his later years, even garnering an Oscar nomination for his work. Although he looks very little like his son, Keenan, he was a very jolly looking man, with a pudgy face, a slightly bulbous nose and twinkling eyes. As mentioned his voice was so memorable with its blustery quality, a slight listhp and his trademark giggle.