Eddie Foy Jr. (February 4, 1905 - July 15, 1983) was an American character actor.
He was born on February 4, 1905 as Edwin Fitzgerald Jr. in New Rochelle, New York, the son of vaudevillian Eddie Foy and his third wife, Madeline Morando. He was one of the "Seven Little Foys" immortalized in the 1955 film of the same name. He had the longest performing career and was the only one to appear regularly in movies (though six Foys appeared in two short films directed by Bryan Foy). Throughout the 1930s and '40s he appeared in dozens of B movies. He closely resembled his father, and portrayed him in four feature films: Frontier Marshal (1939), Lillian Russell (1940), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), and Wilson (1944), and again in a 1964 telefilm about the family's early days in vaudeville. Additional film credits include The Farmer Takes a Wife, The Pajama Game, Bells Are Ringing, and Gidget Goes Hawaiian.
Foy made his Broadway debut in Florenz Ziegfeld's 1929 extravaganza Show Girl alongside Ruby Keeler and Jimmy Durante. He also appeared in At Home Abroad, The Cat and the Fiddle, The Red Mill, The Pajama Game, Donnybrook!, and Rumple, for which he received a Tony Award nomination as Best Actor in a Musical.
Foy found steady work with the advent of television. In addition to a leading role in the first hour-long sitcom, Fair Exchange, he made numerous guest appearances on such programs as The Gisele MacKenzie Show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Glynis, My Living Doll, Burke's Law, ABC Stage 67, My Three Sons, and Nanny and the Professor.
Foy died of pancreatic cancer in Woodland Hills, California on July 15, 1983. He is buried alongside his father and siblings in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in New Rochelle, New York.
Frontier Marshal (1939),
Lillian Russell (1940),
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942),
Joan of Ozark (1942),
The Farmer Takes a Wife (1953),
The Pajama Game (1957),
Bells Are Ringing (1960),
Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961),
30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia (1968),
Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)
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