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Cause of death
  
Kidney disease

Years active
  
1930–1978


Name
  
Edgar Bergen

Role
  
Actor

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Full Name
  
Edgar John Bergren

Born
  
February 16, 1903 (
1903-02-16
)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Resting place
  
Inglewood Park Cemetery

Occupation
  
Actor, comedian, ventriloquist

Spouse
  
Frances Bergen (m. 1945–1978)

Children
  
Candice Bergen, Kris Bergen

Books
  
How to Become a Ventriloquist

Movies and TV shows
  
Fun and Fancy Free, You Can't Cheat an Honest M, Disney Learning Adventur, Stage Door Canteen, Who Do You Trust?

Similar People
  
Candice Bergen, Frances Bergen, Jeff Dunham, Kris Bergen, George Jessel

Died
  
September 30, 1978 (aged 75) Paradise, Nevada, U.S.

Nationality
  
American

Zodiac Sign
  
Aquarius

Height
  
1.82 m

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Edgar Bergen


Edgar John Bergen (February 16, 1903 – September 30, 1978) was an American actor, comedian and radio performer, best known for his proficiency in ventriloquism and his characters Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. He is also the father of actress Candice Bergen.

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Early life

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Bergen was born in Chicago, Illinois, one of five children and the youngest of two sons of Swedish immigrants Nilla Svensdotter (née Osberg) and Johan Henriksson Berggren. He lived on a farm near Decatur, Michigan until he was 4 when his family returned to Sweden where he learned the language. He taught himself ventriloquism from a pamphlet called "The Wizard's Manual" when he was 11 after his family returned to Chicago. He attended Lake View High School. After his father died when he was just 16, he went out to work as an apprentice accountant, a furnace stoke, a player piano operator, and a projectionist in a silent-movie house. The famous ventriloquist Harry Lester was so impressed by Edgar that he gave the teenager almost daily lessons for three months in the fundamentals of ventriloquism. In the fall of 1919, Edgar paid Chicago woodcarver Theodore Mack $36 to sculpt a likeness of a rascally red-headed Irish newspaperboy he knew. The head went on a dummy named Charlie McCarthy, which became Bergen's lifelong sidekick. He had created the body himself, using a nine-inch length of broomstick for the backbone, and rubber bands and cords to control the lower jaw mechanism of the mouth.

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For college he attended Northwestern University where he was enrolled in the pre-med program to please his mother. He switched to Speech & Drama but never completed his degree. He gave his first public performance at Waveland Avenue Congregational Church located on the northeast corner of Waveland and Janssen. He lived across the street from the church. In 1965, he gave the church a generous contribution, a thoughtful letter, and a photograph of himself which had been requested by the minister and was displayed in the church's assembly room which was dedicated to Bergen. He cut out an "R" and a "G" from his family name and went from Berggren to Bergen on the showbills. Between June 1922 and August 1925, he performed every summer on the professional Chautauqua circuit and at the Lyceum theater in Chicago. Bergen had an interest in aviation, becoming a private pilot.

The Chase and Sanborn Hour

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His first performances were in vaudeville, at which point he legally changed his last name to the easier-to-pronounce "Bergen". He worked in one-reel movie shorts, but his real success was on the radio. He and Charlie were seen at a New York party by Elsa Maxwell for Noël Coward, who recommended them for an engagement at the famous Rainbow Room. It was there that two producers saw Bergen and Charlie perform. They then recommended them for a guest appearance on Rudy Vallée's program.

Their initial appearance (December 17, 1936) was so successful that the following year they were given regular cast rolls as part of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. Under various sponsors (and two different networks), they were on the air from May 9, 1937 to July 1, 1956. The popularity of a ventriloquist on radio, when one could see neither the dummies nor his skill, surprised and puzzled many critics, then and now. Even knowing that Bergen provided the voice, listeners perceived Charlie as a genuine person, but only through artwork rather than photos could the character be seen as truly lifelike. Thus, in 1947, Sam Berman caricatured Bergen and McCarthy for the network's glossy promotional book, NBC Parade of Stars: As Heard Over Your Favorite NBC Station.

Bergen's skill as an entertainer, especially his characterization of Charlie, carried the show (many of which have survived). Bergen's success on radio was paralleled in the United Kingdom by Peter Brough and his dummy Archie Andrews (Educating Archie).

For the radio program, Bergen developed other characters, notably the slow-witted Mortimer Snerd and the man-hungry Effie Klinker. The star remained Charlie, who was always presented as a highly precocious child (albeit in top hat, cape, and monocle)—a debonair, girl-crazy, child-about-town. As a child, and a wooden one at that, Charlie could get away with double entendres which were otherwise impossible under broadcast standards of the time.

Charlie: "May I have a kiss good-bye?"Dale Evans: "Well, I can't see any harm in that!"Charlie: "Oh. I wish you could. A harmless kiss doesn't sound very thrilling."

Charlie and Mae West had this conversation on December 12, 1937.

Charlie: "Not so loud, Mae, not so loud! All my girlfriends are listening."Mae: "Oh, yeah! You’re all wood and a yard long."Charlie: "Yeah."Mae: "You weren’t so nervous and backward when you came up to see me at my apartment. In fact, you didn’t need any encouragement to kiss me."Charlie: "Did I do that?"Mae: "Why, you certainly did. I got marks to prove it. An' splinters, too."

Charlie's feud with W. C. Fields was a regular feature of the show.

W. C. Fields: "Well, if it isn't Charlie McCarthy, the woodpecker's pinup boy!"Charlie: "Well, if it isn't W.C. Fields, the man who keeps Seagram's in business!"W. C. Fields: "I love children. I can remember when, with my own little unsteady legs, I toddled from room to room."Charlie: "When was that? Last night?"W. C. Fields: "Quiet, Wormwood, or I'll whittle you into a venetian blind."Charlie: "Ooh, that makes me shutter!"W. C. Fields: "Tell me, Charles, is it true that your father was a gate-leg table?"Charlie: "If it is, your father was under it."W. C. Fields: "Why, you stunted spruce, I'll throw a Japanese beetle on you."Charlie: "Why, you bar-fly you, I'll stick a wick in your mouth, and use you for an alcohol lamp!"Charlie: "Pink elephants take aspirin to get rid of W. C. Fields."W.C. Fields: "Step out of the sun Charles. You may come unglued."Charlie: "Mind if I stand in the shade of your nose?"

Bergen was not the most technically skilled ventriloquist—Charlie McCarthy frequently twitted him for moving his lips—but Bergen's sense of comedic timing was superb, and he handled Charlie's snappy dialog with aplomb. Bergen's wit in creating McCarthy's striking personality and that of his other characters was the making of the show. Bergen's popularity as a ventriloquist on radio, where the trick of "throwing his voice" was not visible, suggests his appeal was primarily the personality he applied to his characters.

Bergen and McCarthy are sometimes credited with "saving the world" because, on the night of October 30, 1938, when Orson Welles performed his War of the Worlds radio play that panicked many listeners, most of the American public had instead tuned to Bergen and McCarthy on another station and never heard Welles' play. Conversely, it has also been theorized that Bergen inadvertently contributed to the hysteria. When the musical portion of Bergen's show, The Chase and Sanborn Hour, aired approximately 12 minutes into the show, many listeners adjusted their dial and found the War of the Worlds presentation already underway with a realistic-sounding reporter detailing terrible events.

Ray Noble was the musical director and composer, and teenage singer Anita Gordon provided the songs on his show. Gordon was said to have been discovered by Charlie, who had a crush on her.

In the fall (autumn) of 1948, Edgar and Charlie faced serious competition from ABC's "jackpot" quiz show, Stop the Music, which suddenly drew more listeners (Fred Allen faced a similar problem because he directly appeared before them). In December 1948, Edgar announced he was temporarily "retiring" from radio, admitting that Stop the Music was too popular to compete with. His final NBC broadcast was on December 26, 1948.

The Charlie McCarthy Show

In October 1949, Bergen went to CBS, with a new weekly program, The Charlie McCarthy Show, sponsored by Coca-Cola. After their sponsorship ended in June 1952, Richard Hudnut, on behalf of "Lanolin Plus" cosmetics, primarily sustained the series until the end of the 1953–54 season. In October 1954, Kraft Foods sponsored a new Edgar Bergen Hour. After Kraft's departure, the series continued with participating sponsors as a 55-minute series in the fall of 1955. However, because more people were watching television on Sunday nights than listened to radio (and advertisers preferred to sponsor TV shows by then), the series finally ended on July 1, 1956.

Comic strip

In addition to his work as a ventriloquist, Bergen was also an actor and comic strip creator. He established the syndicated comic strip Mortimer & Charlie, which ran in newspapers from July 1939 to May 1940, illustrated first by Ben Batsford and then by Carl Buettner. The comic strip's writer was uncredited, but some of the gags certainly were lifted from the hit radio show. Between 1947 and 1954 Harvey Eisenberg also drew a comic strip based on Charlie McCarthy, scripted by Bergen.

Films

Bergen and his alter ego Charlie McCarthy were given top billing in several films, including the Technicolor extravaganza The Goldwyn Follies (1938), opposite the Ritz Brothers. That year they also appeared in You Can't Cheat an Honest Man with W. C. Fields. At the height of their popularity in 1937, Bergen was presented an Honorary Oscar (in the form of a wooden Oscar statuette) for his creation of Charlie McCarthy. Bergen, along with Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd were also featured in the 1938 film Letter of Introduction.

As an actor alone, Bergen portrayed the timid suitor of the sister Trina in I Remember Mama (1948), and appeared in Captain China (1949), The Hanged Man (1964) and Don't Make Waves (1967). Other film roles for the team include Look Who's Laughing (1941) and Here We Go Again (1942), both with Fibber McGee and Molly. Charlie McCarthy wore a US Army uniform in Stage Door Canteen (1943) with Mortimer Snerd. Bergen and McCarthy were also featured in Disney's Fun and Fancy Free (1947). He later cameoed in all-star films such as The Phynx (1970), Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976), and The Muppet Movie (1979). In 1977, Bergen had made a guest appearance on a second-season episode of The Muppet Show, the highly acclaimed television comedy/variety program produced by Jim Henson who considered Bergen a major inspiration. His daughter Candice had also guest-starred on the show during its first season. Bergen died shortly after filming his Muppet Movie scene, which was also his final public appearance, and was subsequently dedicated to him. In 2009 Bergen was featured in the comedy documentary I'm No Dummy, directed by Bryan W. Simon.

Television appearances

Although his regular series never made the transition to television, Bergen made numerous appearances on the medium during his career. In a filmed Thanksgiving special, billed as his TV debut, sponsored by Coca-Cola on CBS in 1950, the new character Podine Puffington was introduced; this saucy Southern belle was as tall as a real woman, in contrast to Bergen's other sit-on-the-knee sized characters. On Christmas Day that same year, Bergen and McCarthy appeared as guests on Walt Disney's first television show, One Hour in Wonderland. On December 26, 1954, Bergen appeared on What's My Line as a mystery guest. Bergen also hosted the television game show Do You Trust Your Wife? in 1956–57, later succeeded, in a daytime edition, by Johnny Carson.

He appeared in the Christmas 1957 episode of NBC's The Gisele MacKenzie Show. In 1958 Bergen appeared with his 12-year-old daughter Candice on an episode of You Bet Your Life starring Groucho Marx. In 1959, he appeared in the second episode entitled "Dossier" of the NBC espionage series Five Fingers starring David Hedison. On May 21, 1959, he guest-starred with Charlie McCarthy on NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford. Bergen continued to appear regularly on television during the 1960s. He guest-starred as Charlie in the 1960 episode "Moment of Fear" of CBS's The DuPont Show with June Allyson. He did a stint as one of the What's My Line? mystery guests on the popular Sunday night CBS series. His colleague Paul Winchell happened to be a panel member during that episode. Bergen appeared on the NBC interview program Here's Hollywood.

Bergen appeared as Grandpa Zeb Walton in the original Waltons television movie, The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971). The role was played by Will Geer in the subsequent TV series. During the run of The Waltons — which took place throughout the 1930s and 1940s—the voices of Bergen and Charlie McCarthy were sporadically heard from the Waltons' radio, as family members regularly tuned in for that program.

Family

In 1941, Bergen met 19-year-old Frances Westerman, who had graduated from Los Angeles High School the year before, in the audience of Bergen's radio program as the guest of a member of his staff. Sitting in the front row, the young fashion model's legs caught 38-year-old Bergen's attention and he asked to meet her. The two were married in Mexico after years of long-distance courtship, on June 28, 1945. On May 9, 1946 Frances gave birth to future actress Candice Bergen, whose first performances were on Bergen's radio show. Their second child was film and television editor Kris Bergen (born October 12, 1961). Frances also acted, appearing in several movies, co-starring in the 1958 television series Yancy Derringer, and guest-starring in numerous other shows.

Death

It was in mid-September 1978 that he announced that he was retiring after over 50 years in show business and sending his monocled, top-hatted partner to the Smithsonian Institution. He opened at Caesar's Palace Hotel Las Vegas on September 27, for a two-week "Farewell to show business" engagement. He died three days later on September 30, 1978 in his sleep of kidney disease at age 75.

Charlie McCarthy rests in Washington D.C.'s Smithsonian Institution. Bergen was interred with his parents (who are buried under their true surname of "Berggren"), in Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California. Edgar Bergen's wife of 33 years, Frances Westerman Bergen, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, on October 2, 2006, aged 84, from undisclosed causes. She is also buried in Inglewood Cemetery. In 1990, Bergen was elected to the Radio Hall of Fame, the same year that The Charlie McCarthy Show was selected as an honored program. A message in the closing credits dedicates The Muppet Movie (which featured Edgar and Charlie in their last screen appearance) to the memory and magic of Edgar. In 1991, the United States Postal Service honored him with a 29-cent commemorative stamp.

Filmography

Actor
1976
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood as
Professor Quicksand
1975
Police Story (TV Series) as
Mr. Farber
- Company Man (1975) - Mr. Farber
1973
The Mancini Generation (TV Series)
- Episode #1.26 (1973)
1972
My Sister Hank (TV Movie) as
Grandpa Bennett
1971
The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (TV Movie) as
Grandpa Zebb Walton
1970
The Phynx as
Edgar Bergen
1968
Laugh-In (TV Series) as
Guest Performer / Charlie McCarthy
- Guest Starring Milton Berle (1970) - Guest Performer (uncredited)
- Guest Starring Dick Gregory (1968) - Charlie McCarthy (voice, uncredited)
1969
The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series) as
Doctor-Olio Spot
- See Your Doctor Once a Year Even If It Kills You (1969) - Doctor-Olio Spot
1968
Rogue's Gallery as
Roy Benz
1967
Don't Make Waves as
Madame Lavinia
1965
One Way Wahine as
Sweeney
1964
Burke's Law (TV Series) as
Clyde Olsen / Horton Galbraith / George Smith
- Who Killed Wimbledon Hastings? (1965) - Clyde Olsen
- Who Killed Cornelius Gilbert? (1964) - Horton Galbraith
- Who Killed What's His Name? (1964) - George Smith
1964
The Hanged Man (TV Movie) as
Hotel Clerk
1964
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series) as
Kenner
- The Fear-Makers (1964) - Kenner
1964
The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series) as
McTavish
- There Are No Problems, Only Opportunities (1964) - McTavish
1964
The Littlest Hobo (TV Series) as
Hjalmer
- Every Girl Should Have a Doll (1964) - Hjalmer
1961
The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series) as
Eugene Swanson / Dr. Samuels / Dr. Coombs
- Special Assignment (1962) - Eugene Swanson
- A Time to Die (1962) - Dr. Samuels
- Who Killed Julie Greer? (1961) - Dr. Coombs
1960
The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) as
Ventriloquist
- Episode #15.13 (1961) - Ventriloquist
- Episode #13.42 (1960) - Ventriloquist
- Episode #13.16 (1960) - Ventriloquist
1960
The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series) as
Charlie
- Moment of Fear (1960) - Charlie
1959
Five Fingers (TV Series) as
Joseph Heidegger
- Dossier (1959) - Joseph Heidegger
1955
The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
- Frances and Edgar Bergen/Christmas Show (1955)
1954
Shower of Stars (TV Series)
- Lend an Ear (1954)
1954
Ponds Theater (TV Series) as
The Yankee
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1954) - The Yankee
1954
Kraft Theatre (TV Series) as
Edgar Bergen / Charlie McCarthy
- Alice in Wonderland (1954) - Edgar Bergen / Charlie McCarthy
1953
Mystery Lake as
Dr. Sorenson
1950
Charlie's Haunt as
Edgar Bergen
1950
Captain China as
Mr. Haasvelt
1948
I Remember Mama as
Mr. Peter Thorkelson
1947
Fun and Fancy Free as
Edgar Bergen / Charlie McCarthy / Mortimer Snerd
1947
Mickey and the Beanstalk (Short) as
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
1946
Hour Glass (TV Series)
- Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy (1946)
1944
Song of the Open Road as
Edgar Bergen
1943
Stage Door Canteen as
Edgar Berger
1942
Here We Go Again as
Edgar Bergen / Charlie McCarthy / Mortimer Snerd
1941
Look Who's Laughing as
Edgar Bergen
1939
Charlie McCarthy, Detective as
Edgar Bergen
1939
You Can't Cheat an Honest Man as
The Great Edgar
1938
Letter of Introduction as
Edgar Bergen
1938
Hollywood Handicap (Short) as
Edgar Bergen
1938
The Goldwyn Follies as
Edgar Bergen
1937
A Neckin' Party (Short) as
Edgar Bergen
1937
Double Talk (Short) as
Dr. Bergen
1937
Bring on the Girls (Short) as
Edgar Bergen
1936
Nut Guilty (Short) as
Judge Bergen
1935
All American Drawback (Short) as
Coach Bergen
1935
Two Boobs in a Balloon (Short) as
Prof. Cicero Pu
1934
At the Races (Short) as
Edgar
1934
Pure Feud (Short) as
Edgar Albert Appletree
1933
Africa Speaks -- English (Short) as
Uncle
1931
Hocus Pocus (Short)
1931
Free and Easy (Short) as
Professor
1931
The Eyes Have It (Short) as
Dr. Wilbur Grant
1931
Donkey Business (Short)
1930
The Office Scandal (Short) as
Mr. Depew
1930
The Operation (Short) as
Doctor Bruce Langdon
Writer
1942
Screen Snapshots Series 21, No. 7 (Short) (additional material - uncredited)
1941
Look Who's Laughing (uncredited)
Soundtrack
1976
Boston Pops in Hollywood (TV Special) (performer: "Carnival of the Animals")
1959
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Edgar Bergen (1959) - (performer: "Chip Off the Old Block" - uncredited)
1942
Here We Go Again (performer: "Delicious Delirium", "Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground" (1863) - uncredited)
1939
Charlie McCarthy, Detective (performer: "I'm Charlie McCarthy, Detective")
1938
The Goldwyn Follies (performer: "I Love to Rhyme" (1937) - uncredited)
1937
A Neckin' Party (Short) (performer: "Cattle Ropin' Romeo" - uncredited)
1937
Double Talk (Short) (performer: "By a Waterfall" - uncredited)
Thanks
1979
The Muppet Movie (in memory of)
Self
1997
The Story Behind Walt Disney's 'Fun and Fancy Free' (Video documentary short) as
Self (uncredited)
1979
The Muppet Movie as
Self / Charlie McCarthy
1978
Mickey's 50 (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1978
The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) as
Self
- Mickey's 50 (1978) - Self
1978
The Vent Event (TV Movie) as
Self
1978
The Kraft 75th Anniversary Special (TV Special) as
Self
1977
Sha Na Na (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.8 (1977) - Self
1977
The Muppet Show (TV Series) as
Self - Special Guest Star
- Edgar Bergen (1977) - Self - Special Guest Star
1975
Dinah! (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 3 October 1977 (1977) - Self
- Episode #3.98 (1977) - Self
- Episode #1.161 (1975) - Self
1963
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) as
Self - Guest / Self / Mortimer Snerd
- Gregory Peck/Edgar Bergen/George Gobel/Jim Bouton (1977) - Self / Mortimer Snerd
- Episode dated 20 February 1970 (1970) - Self
- Episode dated 7 November 1969 (1969) - Self - Guest
- Bette Davis, Edgar Bergen, Oleg Cassini (1965) - Self - Guest
- Edgar Bergen, Don Rickles (1963) - Self - Guest
1977
The People's Command Performance: '77 (TV Movie) as
Self
1977
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (TV Series) as
Self / Charlie McCarthy
- Episode #1.5 (1977) - Self / Charlie McCarthy
1976
Donny and Marie (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #2.4 (1976) - Self
- Episode #1.4 (1976) - Self
1976
The Mac Davis Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #3.6 (1976) - Self
1976
The Good Old Days of Radio (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1976
Vaudeville (TV Series) as
Self
- Pat Cooper, Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd, Molly Bee, The Carlssons, Chuck Jones, Antonio and Brenda (1976) - Self
1976
Boston Pops in Hollywood (TV Special) as
Self
1975
The Lion Roars Again (Documentary short) as
Self
1975
AFI Life Achievement Award (TV Series) as
Self
- AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Orson Welles (1975) - Self
1975
Gallery (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Whatever Became of Hollywood? (1975) - Self
1974
Bicentennial Minutes (TV Series short) as
Self - Narrator
- Episode #1.136 (1974) - Self - Narrator
1974
Masquerade Party (TV Series) as
Self - Mystery Guest
- Mystery Celebrities: Julie London, Louis Nye, Rosey Grier, Edgar Bergen (1974) - Self - Mystery Guest
1964
The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series) as
Self - Co-Host / Self - Ventriloquist
- Episode #13.182 (1974) - Self - Ventriloquist
- Episode #3.105 (1964) - Self - Co-Host
- Episode #3.104 (1964) - Self - Co-Host
- Episode #3.103 (1964) - Self - Co-Host
- Episode #3.102 (1964) - Self - Co-Host
- Episode #3.101 (1964) - Self - Co-Host
1973
Jack Paar Tonite (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.33 (1973) - Self
1965
The Merv Griffin Show (TV Series) as
Self / Self - Guest
- Edgar Bergen, Mel Blanc, Harold Peary, Ezra Stone, Arch Oboler (1973) - Self - Guest
- The Comedians (1972) - Self
- Married Couples (1971) - Self
- Edgar Bergen, James Mason, Jill St. John, Kaye Ballard (1970) - Self
- Jack Albertson, Herbie Faye, Edgar Bergen, Frances Bergen, Richard Pryor, Jerry Collins, Teda Bracci (1970) - Self
- Edgar Bergen, Genevieve, Reni Santoni, Peter and Gordon (1966) - Self
- Edgar Bergen, Ted Sorenson, Molly Picon, Sandy Baron, Ann Corio, Emilio Pericoli, Steve Mills (1965) - Self
1972
It's Your Bet (TV Series) as
Self
- Edgar Bergen and James Franciscus (1972) - Self
1972
The Sig Sakowicz Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 19 May 1972 (1972) - Self
1972
The Great Radio Comedians (TV Movie documentary) as
Self / Charlie McCarthy
1972
The ABC Comedy Hour (TV Series) as
Self
- The Twentieth Century Follies (1972) - Self
1971
This Is Your Life (TV Series) as
Self
- Cliff Robertson (1971) - Self
1971
Mantrap (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 25 June 1971 (1971) - Self
1970
Happy Days (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.1 (1970) - Self
1970
The David Frost Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #2.193 (1970) - Self
1969
The Dennis Wholey Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.17 (1969) - Self
1969
The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #3.251 (1969) - Self
1968
George Jessel's Here Come the Stars (TV Series) as
Self
- Art Linkletter (1968) - Self
1968
The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #3.6 (1968) - Self (as Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy)
1968
The Dean Martin Show (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode #4.2 (1968) - Self - Guest
1968
The Jonathan Winters Show (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Edgar Bergen, Carmen McRae, Tom Jones (1968) - Self - Guest
1968
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #2.17 (1968) - Self
1967
The Woody Woodbury Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.2 (1967) - Self
1966
The Andy Williams Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #5.16 (1966) - Self
1964
The Hollywood Palace (TV Series) as
Self - Ventriloquist
- Episode #3.21 (1966) - Self - Ventriloquist
- Host: Burl Ives; with Ann Miller, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, Candice Bergen, Anna Moffo, Pat Henry (1964) - Self - Ventriloquist
1965
A 1960'S Radio Broadcast Addition: Chase and Sandborn 101st Anniversary (TV Movie) as
Self
1965
The Match Game (TV Series) as
Self - Team Captain
- Episode #4.45 (1965) - Self - Team Captain
- Episode #4.44 (1965) - Self - Team Captain
- Episode #4.43 (1965) - Self - Team Captain
- Episode #4.42 (1965) - Self - Team Captain
- Candice & Edgar Bergen (and No Charlie McCarthy) (1965) - Self - Team Captain
1954
What's My Line? (TV Series) as
Self - Mystery Guest / Mortimer Snerd
- Edgar Bergen and Candice Bergen (1965) - Self - Mystery Guest
- Marguerite Higgins & Edgar Bergen (1956) - Self - Mystery Guest / Mortimer Snerd
- Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy (1954) - Self - Mystery Guest
1964
Concept (Documentary) as
Self / Charlie McCarthy (voice)
1964
The Celebrity Game (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 6 September 1964 (1964) - Self
- Episode dated 22 August 1964 (1964) - Self
1964
The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Joey Meets Edgar Bergen (1964) - Self
1962
Bachelor Father (TV Series) as
Self
- A Visit to the Bergens (1962) - Self
1955
The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) as
Self - Ventriloquist / Self
- Episode #14.40 (1961) - Self - Ventriloquist
- Episode #14.15 (1961) - Self - Ventriloquist
- See America with Ed Sullivan: Chicago (1960) - Self - Ventriloquist
- A Cavalcade of Radio 1920-1955 (1955) - Self
1956
I've Got a Secret (TV Series) as
Self - Guest / Charlie McCarthy
- Episode dated 14 June 1961 (1961) - Self - Guest
- Episode dated 25 April 1956 (1956) - Self - Guest / Charlie McCarthy
1961
Here's Hollywood (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.177 (1961) - Self
1959
The Jack Benny Program (TV Series) as
Self
- Christmas Show (1960) - Self
- The Bergen Show (1959) - Self
1960
This Is Your Life (TV Series) as
Self
- Ken Murray (1960) - Self
- Harry Blackstone (1960) - Self
1960
Sunday Showcase (TV Series) as
Self - Host
- The Devil and Daniel Webster (1960) - Self - Host
1959
The Strawberry Blonde (TV Movie) as
Self - Host
1959
Disneyland '59 (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1959
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) as
Self - Ventriloquist
- Edgar Bergen (1959) - Self - Ventriloquist
1959
The Milton Berle Show (TV Series) as
Self
- April Fool's Day (1959) - Self
1959
Frances Langford Presents (TV Series) as
Self
1958
Social Security in Action (TV Series) as
Self
1958
George Jessel Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.32 (1958) - Self
1958
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) as
Self
- Edgar Bergen, Burl Ives, Ann Miller, Ferrante & Teicher (1958) - Self
1958
December Bride (TV Series) as
Self
- The Edgar Bergen Show (1958) - Self
1958
The Bob Crosby Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.9 (1958) - Self
1958
You Bet Your Life (TV Series) as
Self - Ventriloquist
- Episode #8.34 (1958) - Self - Ventriloquist
1958
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series) as
Self - Ventriloquest / Self - Ventriloquist
- Edgar Bergen, The Step Brothers, Marie McDonald, The All-American High School & College Basketball Teams (1958) - Self - Ventriloquest
- From the Riviera Hotel, Havana Cuba (1958) - Self - Ventriloquist
1957
The Gisele MacKenzie Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.13 (1957) - Self
1957
Club Oasis (TV Series) as
Self
- Dean Martin, Gisele MacKenzie, Hy Gardner, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy & Mortimer Snerd (1957) - Self
1957
Chelsea at Nine (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.1 (1957) - Self
1957
Screen Snapshots 1856: The Mocambo Party (Short) as
Self
1957
The Heart of Show Business (Short) as
Self
1957
The Kate Smith Hour (TV Special) as
Self
1956
Who Do You Trust? (TV Series) as
Self - Host
- Episode dated 8 February 1957 (1957) - Self - Host
- Episode dated 30 October 1956 (1956) - Self - Host
- Episode dated 10 January 1956 (1956) - Self - Host
- Premiere (1956) - Self - Host
1955
The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series) as
Self - Host / Ventriloquist / Self - Ventriloquist / ...
- Host: Charlton Heston; Guests: Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, The Marjorie Fields Moppets, Bob Williams & his dog Red Dust (1955) - Self - Ventriloquist
- Hosts: Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy; Guests: Harry Belafonte, Millard Thomas, Carol Ohmart, Bob William & dog Red Dust (1955) - Self - Host / Ventriloquist
- Hosts: Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, and Mortimer Snerd (1955) - Self - Host / Ventriloquist
- Hosts: Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy; Guests: Anna Maria Alberghetti & The Alberghetti Family, Mitzi McCall (1955) - Self - Host / Ventriloquist
- Gordon MacRae, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy (1955) - Self
1955
The Tonight Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Helen O'Connell, Edgar Bergen, William Bendix, Buddy Rich (1955) - Self
1955
Shower of Stars (TV Series) as
Self
- All-Star Line-Up (1955) - Self
1954
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Stars on Parade (Documentary short) as
Self
1954
General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein (TV Special) as
Self / Host
1953
The 25th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self (as Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy)
1952
Olympic Fund Telethon (TV Special) as
Self
1951
In Town Today (TV Movie) as
Self
1951
The James Melton Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Edgar Bergen, Vera Vague, Wally Brown, Billy Barty, The Wiere Brothers (1951) - Self
1950
Edgar Bergen with Charlie McCarthy (TV Movie) as
Self
1950
One Hour in Wonderland (TV Special) as
Self - Co-Host
1950
Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd in Sweden (Short) as
Self
1950
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Famous Feet (Documentary short) as
Self (uncredited)
1947
Is Everybody Listening? (Documentary short) as
Edgar Bergen - Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy Radio Program
1943
Show-Business at War (Documentary short) as
Self (uncredited)
1942
Screen Snapshots Series 21, No. 7 (Short) as
Self - Edgar Bergen
1940
Screen Snapshots: Seeing Hollywood (Documentary short) as
Self - Rodeo Spectator
1939
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 6 (Documentary short) as
Self
1938
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 2 (Documentary short) as
Self
1938
Unusual Occupations (Documentary short) as
Self (uncredited)
1938
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 9 (Short documentary) as
Self - Oscar Presenter
Archive Footage
2017
Domingo Espetacular (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 11 June 2017 (2017) - Self
2013
American Experience (TV Series documentary) as
Self / Charlie McCarthy
- War of the Worlds (2013) - Self / Charlie McCarthy
2012
The Golden Girls Return from Space Mountain (Video short) as
Self / Mortimer Snerd
2009
I'm No Dummy (Documentary) as
Self
2008
Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices (Video documentary) as
Self / Charlie McCarthy
2006
The Story of Light Entertainment (TV Mini Series documentary) as
Self
- Variety (2006) - Self (as Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy)
2005
Weird U.S. (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Road to Weirdsville (2005) - Self
2005
The Great Man: W.C. Fields (Video documentary) as
Self
1998
60 Minutes (TV Series documentary) as
Self - Candice's Father (segment "Candice Bergen-Murphy Brown") / Self - Ventriloquist (segment "Candice Bergen-Murphy Brown")
- Four Remarkable Women (2003) - Self - Candice's Father (segment "Candice Bergen-Murphy Brown")
- The Most Feared Gangster/Candice Bergen-Murphy Brown/Unfinished Business (1999) - Self - Ventriloquist (segment "Candice Bergen-Murphy Brown")
- Starr Wars/Candice Bergen-Murphy Brown/Saddam's Spy (1998) - Self - Candice's Father (segment "Candice Bergen-Murphy Brown")
1999
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 (TV Movie documentary) as
Self (uncredited)
1994
Biography (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Don Ameche: Hollywood's Class Act (1999) - Self (uncredited)
- Eleanor Roosevelt: A Restless Spirit (1994) - Self
1996
Belly Talkers (Documentary) as
Self
1992
Legends of Comedy (TV Movie documentary)
1992
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) as
Self
- The Last Tonight Show (1992) - Self
1990
Hollywood Heaven: Tragic Lives, Tragic Deaths (Video documentary)
1988
Muppet Babies (TV Series) as
Self / Charlie McCarthy
- Muppets Not Included (1988) - Self / Charlie McCarthy
1988
Television (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Fun and Games (1988) - Self
1987
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life - Hosted by Johnny Carson (TV Movie) as
Self
1986
Classic Comedy Teams (Video documentary) as
Self / Charlie McCarthy
1986
W.C. Fields: Straight Up (TV Movie documentary) as
Self - 1956
1984
The Great Standups (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1982
Showbiz Ballyhoo (Documentary) as
Self
1982
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (TV Movie documentary) as
Actor - Unidentified Film (uncredited)
1970
The Hollywood Palace (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #7.17 (1970) - Self
1965
Hollywood My Home Town (Documentary) as
Self
1963
Hollywood and the Stars (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- The Funny Men: Part 2 (1963) - Self
1963
Hollywood Without Make-Up (Documentary) as
Self
1957
Studio One (TV Series) as
Self
- The Night America Trembled (1957) - Self
1953
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Laugh Parade (Short) as
Self
1950
Screen Snapshots 2856: It Was Only Yesterday (Short) as
Self
1946
Hour Glass (TV Series) as
Self - Comedian
- Premiere Show (1946) - Self - Comedian
1946
Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 8: Looking Back (Short) as
Self
1940
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (Documentary short) as
Self

References

Edgar Bergen Wikipedia