Charles Boyer
(Movies & TV)
Lotte Lenya
(Movies & TV)
Detroit Tigers
Ronald Colman
(Movies & TV)
Roland Young
(Movies & TV)
Edward Bowes
(Movies & TV)
John Astin
(Movies & TV)

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Eddie Lawrence

Knowledge Identifier: +Eddie_Lawrence


Eddie Lawrence

American monologist, actor, singer, lyricist, playwright, director and television personality, whose unique comic creation, the eternally optimistic Old Philosopher, has gained him a devoted cult following for over five decades add

Category: Music

Born in 1919.

Countries: United States (48%), New York (18%), United Kingdom (15%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Charles Boyer, Lotte Lenya, Detroit Tigers

Linked to: Columbia Records, Detroit Tigers, Paramount Pictures




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Eddie Lawrence was born in 1919 add something


Born "'Lawrence Eisler"' in Brooklyn, New York, he began performing at the end of the Depression 1930s add something


His first confirmed radio appearance was on "Major Bowes Amateur Hour" in 1943, where he did World War II-themed comic impressions of Charles Boyer, Ronald Colman, Roland Young and Clem McCarthy add something


By the early 1950s, now rechristened "'Eddie Lawrence"', he continued to appear in lesser clubs, honing his comic timing, while taking bit parts in the numerous live television productions prevalent in New York add something


Among the returning players from the 1954 version were future television stars Beatrice Arthur and John Astin, and its leading lady, Lotte Lenya, the original Jenny from both the August 1928 Berlin premiere under its German title, "Die Dreigroschenoper", and G. W. Pabst's 1931 film version add something


In September 1956, a single entitled "The Old Philosopher" rose to the Billboard Top 40 chart, a rare distinction for a comedy record by a little-known performer add something


On March 5, 1958 he made a rare television acting appearance in an episode of "Sergeant Bilko" playing an artist named Felix, a next door neighbor to a character played by Alan Alda add something


A preserved audio transcript of his performance was one of the selections included 16 years later on the 1959 LP "Original Amateur Hour 25th Anniversary Album" add something


Closing night, more than two years and 924 performances later, was March 7, 1959 add something


In 1960 he began a six-year association with Paramount's cartoon subsidiary Famous Studios, providing the voices for thirteen animated shorts, starting with "Scouting for Trouble" add something


The extended-length title was among the earliest, "Abner the Baseball", a 16-minute special seen in November 1961, based upon a tale which was among the tracks on "The Kingdom of Eddie Lawrence" LP. It is a first-person account by an anthropomorphized baseball describing its experience of being hit out of Briggs Stadium by Mickey Mantle in a September 10, 1960 home run against the Detroit Tigers add something


Concurrent with his work on the Famous Studios cartoons, for a 13-month period from September 1963 to October 1964, baby boomers who lived within reach of New York City 's television stations, had the opportunity to see Eddie Lawrence Monday through Friday afternoons on independent station WPIX Channel 11 which, along with another New York independent, WNEW Channel 5 was, during the 1950s and 1960s, the station with the greatest number of "kiddie shows" on its broadcast schedule add something


Thirteen years later and thirty years after "Bunkie", his 1964 Epic release, the 75-year-old Eddie Lawrence had his first new album add something


At the end of October 1964, he hosted his final "Three Stooges show", said goodbye to his loyal viewers, and exited, trailing a banner across the television screen, emblazoned with the word "KELLY" add something


The first preview was set for February 1, 1965 and opening night for February 6 add something


Eddie Lawrence's final gift to the animation world was the Swifty and Shorty vehicle, "Les Boys", released in January 1966 add something


Ultimately, however, defining changes in the financing and distribution of mass-produced short subjects, meant that neither Eddie Lawrence nor another creative talent at the studio, Ralph Bakshi could stave off the demise of the theatrical cartoon, as Famous Studios closed its doors in 1967 add something


Between 1968 and 1978, he had small roles in five features, starting with William Friedkin's 1968 recreation of 1920 New York City , "The Night They Raided Minsky's" add something


Three years later, Eddie had a couple of fleeting moments as a Bowery derelict in visionary director Ernest Pintoff's little-seen noir-like oddity "Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name-", filmed on the streets of New York in 1971 add something


On February 22, 1971, Eddie appeared as a guest on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show , performing a five-minute "Old Philosopher" routine at the end of which Carson was laughing loudly and repeating some of its lines and, in 1974, he was heard as the announcer on a television advertisement for John Lennon and Harry Nilsson's album, "Pussy Cats", which included contributions by Ringo Starr and Keith Moon add something


The first of nine previews at the Princess Theater was on April 14, 1981 add something


All that remained were the book and lyrics written by James Lipton who gained celebrity twenty-seven years later, in 1994, as the creator and host of the long-running actor-interview series "Inside the Actors Studio" add something


The music was eventually found in 1999, and a 2004 studio cast album was recorded with stars including Nathan Lane, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters and Tommy Tune add something


Stephen Sondheim cited it in a 2000 "New York Times" article as one of the songs "I wish I had written" add something

Eddie Lawrence died in 2014 add something