Eddie Foy, Jr.


Eddie Foy, Jr.

Eddie Foy Jr. (February 4, 1905 - July 15, 1983) was an American character actor.

Born Edwin Fitzgerald Jr. 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. He had the longest performing career and was the only one to appear in movies (though six Foys appeared in two short films directed by Brian Foy ). Throughout the 1930s and '40s he appeared in dozens of B movies. He portrayed his own father in four feature films - "Frontier Marshal" (1939), "Lillian Russell" (1940), "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942), and "Wilson", 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 made his Broadway debut in Florenz Ziegfeld's 1930 extravanaganza "Show Girl". He also appeared in "At Home Abroad", "The Cat and the Fiddle", "The Red Mill", "The Pajama Game", "Donnybrook!", and "Rumple", for which he received a Tony Award nomination as Best Actor in a Musical.

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 "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "My Living Doll", "Burke's Law", "ABC Stage 67", "My Three Sons", and "Nanny and the Professor".

Foy died of pancreatic cancer in Woodland Hills, California.

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