Edward Arnold (February 18, 1890 – April 26, 1956) was an American actor. He was born on the Lower East Side of New York City as Gunther Edward Arnold Schneider, the son of German immigrants Carl Schneider and Elizabeth Ohse.
Arnold appeared in over 150 movies. Although he was labeled "box office poison" in 1938 by an exhibitor publication (he shared this dubious distinction with Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, Bert Astaire and Katharine Hepburn), he never lacked for work. Rather than continue in leading man roles, he gave up losing weight and went after character parts instead. Arnold was quoted as saying, "The bigger I got, the better character roles I received." He was such a sought-after actor, he often worked on two pictures at the same time.
With a booming baritone voice and piercing blue eyes, Arnold was an expert at playing rogues and authority figures. He was best known for his roles in Come and Get It (1936), Sutter's Gold (1936), The Toast of New York (1937), You Can't Take It with You (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941). He was the first actor to portray Rex Stout's famous detective Nero Wolfe, starring in Meet Nero Wolfe (1936), the film based on the first novel in the series. He played blind detective Duncan Maclain in two movies based on the novels by Baynard Kendrick, Eyes in the Night (1942) and The Hidden Eye (1945). From 1947 to 1953, Arnold starred in the ABC radio program called Mr. President. Arnold was one of director Frank Capra's preferred actors and worked in three movies with him.
Arnold was president of the Screen Actor's Guild from 1940 - 1942.
In 1940, his autobiography, Lorenzo Goes to Hollywood was published.
Arnold has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6225 Hollywood Blvd.
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