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Ned Sparks

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ned Sparks (born Edward Arthur Sparkman, November 19, 1883 – April 3, 1957) was a Canadian-born character actor of the American stage and screen. Sparks was known for his deadpan expression and deep, gravelly voice. Born in Guelph, Ontario, Sparks left home at age 16 and attempted to work as a gold prospector on the Klondike Gold Rush. After running out of money, he won a spot as a singer on a traveling musical company's tour. At age 19, he returned to Canada and briefly attended a Toronto seminary. After leaving the seminary, he worked for the railroad and worked in theater in Toronto. In 1907, he left Toronto for New York City to try his hand in the Broadway theatre, where he appeared in his first show in 1912. While working on Broadway, Sparks developed his trademark deadpan expression while portraying the role of a desk clerk in the play Little Miss Brown. His success on the stage soon caught the attention of MGM's Louis B. Mayer who signed Sparks to a six picture deal. Sparks began appearing in numerous silent films before finally making his "talkie" debut in the 1928 film The Big Noise. In the 1930s, Sparks became known for portraying dour-faced, sarcastic, cigar-chomping characters. He became so associated with the type that, in 1936, The New York Times reported that Sparks had his face insured for USD$100,000 with Lloyd's of London. The market agreed to pay the sum to any photographer who could capture Sparks smiling (Sparks later admitted that the story was a publicity stunt and he was only insured for $10,000). Sparks was also caricatured in cartoons including the Jack-in-the-Box character in the Disney short Broken Toys (1935), and the jester in Mother Goose Goes Hollywood (1938), a hermit crab in both Tex Avery's Fresh Fish (1939) and Bob Clampett's Goofy Groceries (1941), a chicken in Bob Clampett's Slap Happy Pappy (1940), Friz Freleng's Warner Bros. cartoon Malibu Beach Party (1940), and Tex Avery's Hollywood Steps Out (1940). Sparks also voiced the cartoon characters Heckle and Jeckle from 1947 to 1951. Sparks appeared in ten stage productions on Broadway and over 80 films. He retired from films in 1947, saying that everyone should retire at 65


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Born:
Nov 19, 1883 In Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
62
First Appeared:
Series Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse 1960-01-01
Latest Project:
In the movie A Temperamental Wife 1919-09-14
Known For
Poster of Big Dame Hunting
Poster of The Hidden Way
Poster of Good References
Poster of The Perfect Woman
Filmography
Series Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse Unknown
Movie Magic Town Ike
Movie Stage Door Canteen Ned Sparks
Movie For Beauty's Sake Jonathan B. Sweet
Movie The Star Maker 'Speed' King
Movie Hawaii Calls Strings
Movie This Way Please Inky Wells
Movie Wake Up and Live Steve Cluskey
Movie One in a Million Danny Simpson
Movie The Bride Walks Out Paul Dodson
Movie Collegiate 'Scoop' Oakland
Movie George White's 1935 Scandals Elmer
Movie Sweet Music 'Ten Percent' Nelson
Movie Down to Their Last Yacht Captain 'Sunny Jim' Roberts
Movie Hi, Nellie! Shammy
Movie Sing and Like it Toots McGuire
Movie Marie Galante Plosser
Movie Servants' Entrance Unknown
Movie Sweet Adeline Dan Herzig
Movie Imitation of Life Elmer Smith
Movie Going Hollywood Conroy
Movie Alice in Wonderland Caterpillar
Movie Too Much Harmony Lem Spawn
Movie Lady for a Day Happy McGuire
Movie Gold Diggers of 1933 Barney Hopkins
Movie Secrets Sunshine
Movie 42nd Street Barry
Movie The Miracle Man Harry Evans
Movie Big Dame Hunting Unknown
Movie Blessed Event George Moxley
Movie The Crusader Eddie Crane
Movie Big City Blues Mr. 'Stacky' Stackhouse
Movie Corsair Slim
Movie The Secret Call Bert Benedict
Movie Iron Man Riley
Movie Kept Husbands Hughie Hanready
Movie Leathernecking Sparks
Movie Conspiracy Winthrop 'Little Nemo' Clavering
Movie The Fall Guy Danny Walsh
Movie The Devil's Holiday Charlie Thorne
Movie Double Cross Roads Happy Max
Movie Love Comes Along Happy
Movie Strange Cargo Yacht First Mate
Movie The Canary Murder Case Tony Skeel
Movie Nothing But the Truth Clarence van Dyke
Movie Street Girl Happy Winter
Movie The Magnificent Flirt Tim
Movie The Big Noise William Howard
Movie On to Reno Hebert Holmes
Movie The Small Bachelor J. Hamilton Beamish
Movie Alias the Lone Wolf Phinuit
Movie Money Talks Lucius Fenton
Movie The Hidden Way Mulligan
Movie Twinkletoes Unknown
Movie The Only Thing Gibson
Movie Bright Lights Barney Gallagher
Movie Faint Perfume Unknown
Movie His Supreme Moment Adrian
Movie Good References Peter Stearns
Movie The Perfect Woman
Movie In Search of a Sinner Waiter
Movie A Temperamental Wife Unknown