SNITZ EDWARDS (January 1, 1868 (some sources state 1862) – May 1, 1937) was a stage and character actor of the early years of the silent film era into the 1930s.
* 1 Biography * 2 Moving to films * 3 Partieal filmography * 4 External links
Born EDWARD NEUMANN into a
He often appeared in the first decade of the 20th century on Broadway
in productions for such prominent stage directors as Arthur
Charles Frohman . He traveled with touring companies
MOVING TO FILMS
Edwards transitioned to films rather easily and was quickly lauded as a talented character actor. With his expressive and "homely" face, he was considered by many directors to be well suited to light, comedic roles and often played characters written as a comic foil opposite starring actors. His "homely", pliable features eventually made Edwards a household name during the 1920s.
At his peak in the late 1910s and early 1920s, Edwards appeared with some of the most famous actors of the era, including Mary Pickford , Clara Kimball Young , Barbara La Marr , Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. , Wallace Reid , Lila Lee , Colleen Moore , Lionel Barrymore , Conrad Nagel , Mildred Harris , Rod La Rocque , Ramón Novarro , Marion Davies , and countless others. In 1925 he was cast in one of his most memorable roles, that of Florine Papillon in the Rupert Julian directed box-office hit _The Phantom of the Opera _, opposite Lon Chaney, Sr. and Mary Philbin ; and he co-starred with Douglas Fairbanks in _Thief of Bagdad ._
Edwards was married to actress Eleanor Taylor, and the couple had
three daughters: Cricket, Evelyn and Marian. Edwards was a popular
Edwards also was personally chosen by actor and director Buster Keaton to act in three of Keaton's films: 1925's _ Seven Chances _, 1926's _ Battling Butler _, and the extremely popular 1927 film _College _.
By the early 1930s and the advent of talkies, Edwards was already in his 60s, suffering from crippling arthritis but remaining active until his last role, a part in the 1931 William A. Wellman -directed crime drama _ The Public Enemy _ opposite actors Jean Harlow , James Cagney , and Joan Blondell . Originally, the part was a significant one, but the first scenes shot were in driving rain, causing Edwards to become severely ill. In the surviving film, he appears in only a few scenes (breezily saying "Hi ya, boys" to the juvenile Cagney and pal in the beer parlor, dropping a dime into a pay phone to rat out Cagney, refusing to open the door to Cagney after his first big job at the fur warehouse goes bad).
Edwards died of natural causes on May 1, 1937, in Los Angeles,
California , at the age of 69. His wife, Eleanor, continued to act as
a dress extra until
World War II , when she volunteered at the
* _The Charm School _ (1921) * _ No Woman Knows _ (1921) * _ The Primitive Lover _ (1922) * _Rosita _ (1923) * _Tarnish _ (1924) * _The Thief of Bagdad _ (1924) * _ Seven Chances _ (1925) * _ The White Desert _ (1925) * _The Wanderer _ (1925) * _The Phantom of the Opera _ (1925) * _ The Cruise of the Jasper B _ (1926) * _The Sea Wolf _ (1926) * _College _ (1927) * _ The Right of Way _ (1931) * _