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Hollywood Memorial

Ed Wynn

Motion picture and television actor, characterized by his cheerful, sing-song speaking voice, fondly remembered in such films as ‘The Absent-Minded Professor,’ ‘Babes in Toyland,’ and ‘Mary Poppins’ where he sang the hit ‘I Love to Laugh.’ Wynn also provided the voice of the ‘Mad Hatter’ in Walt Disney’s film, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and appeared as the Fairy Godfather in Jerry Lewis’ ‘Cinderfella.’ Born Isaiah Edwin Leopold, he ran away from home in his teens and eventually adapted his middle name ‘Edwin’ into his new stage name, ‘Ed Wynn,’ to save his family the embarrassment of having a low comedian as a relative. In his youth, Wynn worked as an onstage assistant to W. C. Fields. Fields caught him ‘mugging’ for the audience during his ‘Pool Room’ routine and knocked him unconscious with his cue. Wynn became a headliner in vaudeville in the early-1910s, and was a star of the Ziegfeld Follies starting in 1914. Father of actor Keenan Wynn who is buried with him in a crypt in Forest Lawn in Glendale. Grandfather of actors Ned Wynn and Tracy Keenan Wynn. His epitaph proclaims, ‘Dear God: Thanks….’