EDGAR BERGEN Biography - Other artists & entretainers


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Name: Edgar John Bergren                                                                   
Born: February 16, 1903 Chicago, Illinois, USA                                             
Died: September 30, 1978 Las Vegas, Nevada                                                 
Edgar John Bergen (February 16, 1903 - September 30, 1978) was an Academy Award-winning   
American actor and radio performer, best known as a ventriloquist.                         
Bergen was born Edgar John Bergen in Chicago, Illinois, to a Swedish family and           
grew up in Decatur, Michigan. He taught himself ventriloquism from a pamphlet             
when he was eleven. A few years later he commissioned Chicago woodcarver                   
Theodore Mack to sculpt a likeness of a rascally Irish newspaperboy he knew. The           
head went on a puppet named Charlie McCarthy, who became Bergen's lifelong                 
sidekick. At age sixteen, he came to Chicago, where he attended Lake View High             
School and worked at a silent movie house.