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After the radio show ended, Edgar Bergen never had a sustained series again, but he still performed regularly in various guest spots. He even played Grandpa Walton in the PilotMovie for ''Series/TheWaltons''. Along the way, Bergen proved an inspiration for similar performers such as the great puppeteer, Creator/JimHenson. When the Franchise/TheMuppets sang "Consider Yourself" on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' for Bergen and Charlie, the puppeteers meant every word of it.

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After the radio show ended, Edgar Bergen never had a sustained series again, but he still performed regularly in various guest spots. He even played Grandpa Walton in the PilotMovie for ''Series/TheWaltons''. Along the way, Bergen proved an inspiration for similar performers such as the great puppeteer, puppeteer Creator/JimHenson. When the Franchise/TheMuppets sang "Consider Yourself" on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' for Bergen and Charlie, the puppeteers meant every word of it.


He is also known as the father of actor Creator/CandiceBergen.

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He is also known as the father of actor actress Creator/CandiceBergen.


* CountryMouse: Mortimer Snerd.

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* CountryMouse: Mortimer Snerd.Snerd, with plain clothes and buck teeth, whose simple-mindedness contrasted with Charlie [=McCarthy=]'s tuxedo and lively wit.

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* CountryMouse: Mortimer Snerd.

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** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had a one-shot comedy team of Arthur Crandall and Gabbo, with Gabbo the dummy being even snarkier and meaner than Charlie [=McCarthy=], even calling the kids "S.O.B."s, before Bart switched the camera back on airing his foul language which resulted in the cancellation of Arthur and Gabbo.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/RankinBassProductions approached Bergen in the 1960s about creating a StopMotion animated series starring him and his puppets, and even produced an unaired {{pilot}} episode, but health problems ultimately prevented Bergen from committing.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/RankinBassProductions approached Bergen in the 1960s about creating a weekly StopMotion animated series starring him and his puppets, and even produced an unaired {{pilot}} episode, but health problems ultimately prevented Bergen from committing.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/RankinBassProductions approached Bergen in the 1960s about producing a StopMotion animated series starring him and his puppets, and even produced an unaired {{pilot}} episode, but health problems ultimately prevented Bergen from committing.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/RankinBassProductions approached Bergen in the 1960s about producing creating a StopMotion animated series starring him and his puppets, and even produced an unaired {{pilot}} episode, but health problems ultimately prevented Bergen from committing.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/RankinBassProductions approached Bergen about producing a StopMotion animated series starring him and his puppets, and even produced an unaired {{pilot}} episode, but health problems ultimately prevented Bergen from committing.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/RankinBassProductions approached Bergen in the 1960s about producing a StopMotion animated series starring him and his puppets, and even produced an unaired {{pilot}} episode, but health problems ultimately prevented Bergen from committing.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/RankinBassProductions approached Bergen about producing a StopMotion animated series starring him and his puppets, and even produced an unaired {{pilot}} episode, but health problems ultimately prevented Bergen from committing.


** The voice and appearance of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' character Beaky Buzzard was based on Mortimer Snerd.

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** The voice and appearance of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' character Beaky Buzzard (and, to a lesser extent, Cecil Turtle) was based on Mortimer Snerd.

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* PlayingAgainstType: Bergen had straight dramatic roles in such films as ''Film/IRememberMama'' and the TV movie ''The Homecoming'' (the latter the pilot movie for ''Series/TheWaltons'').


That appearance turned out so well that Bergen soon became the headline act on ''The Chase & Sanborn Hour'', which proved a top-rated show from 1937 to 1956. The strange idea that a ventriloquist was performing on radio was easily countered with Bergen's flair for comedic characters who could get away with risque gags that got others performers banned at that time. In fact, the show was such a powerhouse, that Creator/OrsonWelles' classic competing show, ''Radio/TheMercuryTheatreOnTheAir'' had to be sustained at network expense without a sponsor for months until the notorious "Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds" radio play caused its infamous mass panic.

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That appearance turned out so well that Bergen soon became the headline act on ''The Chase & Sanborn Hour'', which proved a top-rated show from 1937 to 1956. The strange idea that a ventriloquist was performing on radio was easily countered with Bergen's flair for comedic characters who could get away with risque gags that got others performers banned at that time. In fact, the show was such a powerhouse, powerhouse that Creator/OrsonWelles' classic competing show, ''Radio/TheMercuryTheatreOnTheAir'' ''Radio/TheMercuryTheatreOnTheAir'', had to be sustained at network expense without a sponsor for months until the notorious "Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds" radio play caused its infamous mass panic.


Edgar John Bergen (February 16, 1903 - September 30, 1978) was an American entertainer, and easily the most famous [[{{Ventriloquism}} ventriloquist]] of the 20th century.

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Edgar John Bergen (February 16, 1903 - September 30, 1978) was an American entertainer, and easily the most famous [[{{Ventriloquism}} ventriloquist]] of the 20th century.



That appearance turned out so well that Bergen soon became the headline act on the ''Chase & Sanborn Hour'' that proved a top rated show from 1937 to 1956. The strange idea that a ventriloquist was performing on radio was easily countered with Bergen's flair for comedic characters who could get away with risque gags that got others performers banned at that time. In fact, the show was such a powerhouse, that Creator/OrsonWelles' classic competing show, ''Radio/TheMercuryTheatreOnTheAir'' had to be sustained at network expense without a sponsor for months until the notorious "Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds" radio play caused its infamous mass panic.

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That appearance turned out so well that Bergen soon became the headline act on the ''Chase on ''The Chase & Sanborn Hour'' that Hour'', which proved a top rated top-rated show from 1937 to 1956. The strange idea that a ventriloquist was performing on radio was easily countered with Bergen's flair for comedic characters who could get away with risque gags that got others performers banned at that time. In fact, the show was such a powerhouse, that Creator/OrsonWelles' classic competing show, ''Radio/TheMercuryTheatreOnTheAir'' had to be sustained at network expense without a sponsor for months until the notorious "Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds" radio play caused its infamous mass panic.


American entertainer '''Edgar Bergen''' (1903-1978) was easily the most famous [[{{Ventriloquism}} ventriloquist]] of the 20th century.

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Edgar John Bergen (February 16, 1903 - September 30, 1978) was an American entertainer '''Edgar Bergen''' (1903-1978) was entertainer, and easily the most famous [[{{Ventriloquism}} ventriloquist]] of the 20th century.


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