|d Latimer ( February 14. 1897 - 1956)|
Marriage (Feb 7.1924 - 1956, his death):
(1) Catherine F. Weber (May 5. 1900 - 1963)
Agnes F. (Oct 15. 1924 - 2000)
Edward B. (Nov 3. 1928 - Mar 30. 2000) ,
Frances Maria (1937 - Oct 14.1943),
Thomas (1940 - )
Boven rechts: Uit de Billy Rose Theatre Division
collectie, The New York
Public Library. Ed Latimer.
Edward Bancroft Latimer was born on February 14. 1897 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Daniel B. Latimer (b. 1866 d. Mar 21. 1924), a salesman and Bertha M. Hayney (b. 1869 - d 1929)
A student of psychology In Philadelphia, a Master of Arts Mr. Latimer had some very practical ideas about "audience psychology", a subject in which he was intensely interested and one with which he said every actor should be familiar. He considered the study and practice of "character" makeup's a delight, and spent much time on it when necessary.
"The Aeschylean Players", a Tioga N.J. organization much lauded for its excellent stage performances, performed the comedy Polly In Politics. Edward B. Latimer not only participated but was the club's president (1914-1915).
Began his theatrical climb at the Little Theater, Philadelphia in a repertoire of Shaw, Galsworthy, Chekov, Ibsen,.... And at 18, received the only laudatory poem review of the entire company for his Dr. Rank in "A Doll's House" (1915).
To add to his income Ed took on a daytime job. The two jobs dovetailed neatly in an A to Z pattern. At night in the theatre he played roles ranging from juveniles to aged, bearded grandfathers; during the day he completed the A to Z pattern—working as a typist.
The first performance of Altruism, a satire by Karl Ettlinger was given by "The Stage Society Players" of Philadelphia at the Little Theatre, Philadelphia, on January 28, 1916 with Ed Latimer playing a Parisian. Philadelphian Edward B. Latimer made his vaudeville debut with Marie Baer in The Lingerie Laureate, a novel playlet by Lee Pape, a Philadelphia newspaperman. The sketch was the comedy hit of the Stage Society's season at the Little Theatre. (Jul 8, 1917) and was also performed at Keith's.
With a good foundation secure
after two years in the city of his birth. Lewis & Gordon engaged him for one
of their acts, which played the Orpheum Circuit an entire season.
While on the Coast Mr. Latimer played with Mae Murray in de theaterversie
van Danger, Go Slow (1916?).
The next season came a transcontinental tour in Frank Wilcox's presentation
of It Pays To Advertise,
in which he enacted Ambrose Peale (Dec 1916 -?).
Following a season in London & Winnipeg, Canada, and Salem
and Lowell, Mass.
he spent two years with the southern company of Abie Irish Rose and
then signed a five-year contract with the "Century Players" van de John B. Mack Co. of Lynn, Mass.
After more engagements on the road Latimer established and developed a
little theatre movement in Elizabeth and Plainfield, N.J. He has acted with
"The New York Civic Repertory Co." and "The Theatre Guild" and was at one time
associated with Jasper Deeter, founder of the Hedgerow Theatre in
For one season Edward joined "The Frances McGrath Resident Players" which presented comedies* such as Turn to the Right, Cappy Ricks, The Brat, Fair and Warmer, Broadway and Buttermilk, Ten Nights in a Barroom, Dawn O' the Mountains, The Naughty Wife, and Getting Gertie's Garter at the Lyceum Theatre in Paterson, NJ (Sep 1921-Mar 1922). This led to his engagement with "The Permanent Players", Winnipeg, Canada in September 1922. Afterward he announced in May 1923 he would go on the road with a New York company.
* For Alma, Where Do You Live? (Feb 6. 1922) he was replaced since the morning of the performance Latimer suffered an attack of pneumonia and was confined to bed.
On February 7. 1924 Ed married Catherine Weber, a secretary, in the St. Pauls Cathedral in Boston.
On March 29. 1924 Edward Latimer of "The Century Players" is described as not only an able actor but also a well-read journalist, who has contributed to the trade journal The Billboard and other publications, including the breezy little house program of the Auditorium Theater, Lynn, Mass.
“Ed Latimer, Jr., in a
character role, was well made up, but his voice showed the strain of
imitation of an elderly man" (1926).
In August 1932 he also appeared as Sloppy in a Broadway
play called The Devil's Little Game. But his theater experience
was far greater than this one credit seems to imply.
Ed Latimer became program director of WBNF, and in 1937 directed the WPA
Federal Theater Radio Division's oldest series, Pioneers of Science
then in its second year over WHN.
The radio actor who has played more than 300 different roles in four years on the air, stepped out of all his characters to visit Nancy Craig's Woman of Tomorrow, Ed described the development of his hobby: makeup for the theater, and demonstrated several of the dialects collected by him in more than a decade of theatrical experience. Like other good radio actors, he talks in the voice of the character he plays. Whether that character be king of rackets on The Adventures of the Thin Man, sheriff on The Mystery Man, Middle-Western farmer The World is Yours, tramp on Famous Jury Trials or Sergeant McKenna on the Mary Marlin program. (Nov 1941)
In 1941 he was presented with two
season passes for the 77th session of Congress. Not only did this imply
studying New York-to-Washington train schedules. He also loved to ride on
those "roller-coaster" cars that swish around under government buildings to
facilitate legislative transportation.
In Rosemary (1945) Mr. Dennis (played by Ed Latimer) has managed to gain Susan Dawson's confidence with a story about her husband even though the fact that he swore her to secrecy should have made her more suspicious. (Picture above right)
He also played in radio's Brownstone Theater
and Jackson Beck.
In The Romance
of Helen Trent, a daytime radio institution,
Bugsy O'Toole (Ed Latimer) played Gil's general handyman. It was during the
war, in the course of Gil's confidential government work, that the two
became friendly. Bugsy is a rough but likeable person, and is very devoted
to Gil. (1946) (Picture below left) .
Gil (David Gothard) lives with Helen (Julie Stevens) in a charming white
house in San Fernando Valley, not far from Hollywood, they're being served
by Bugsy (Ed Latimer) (Picture below right, 1949).
He also played the smalltime gangster George Terry, on the CBS serial Young Dr. Malone (Feb 1947). He secured his first professional engagement at the Little Theatre in Philadelphia. To add to his income Ed took on a daytime job. The two jobs dovetailed neatly in an A to Z pattern. A night in the theatre he played roles ranging from juveniles to aged, bearded grandfathers; during the day he completed the A to Z pattern - working as a typist.
In 1947 he played Sergeant Velie on
The Adventures of
Ellery Queen. In Dec 1947 he played congressman
Borgsen for 7 performances in the Mansfield Theatre in the comedy stage play
The Gentlemen from Athens.
On TV Ed Latimer is most famous for his roles in The Clock (1949), a Suspense/Anthology series based on a ABC radio series which ran from 1946-48.
The Doctor’s Wife was a 15 minute, Monday thru Friday continuing series, broadcast on NBC radio during the 1950s. It featured Patricia Wheel as Julie Palmer and Donald Curtis as Dr. Dan Palmer. Ed Latimer was Frank Johnson (1953).
In Robert Montgomery Presents (1950-57), he took on the role of justice of the peace in the episode "A Stone for His Son" (aired March 14, 1955) and Trayford in "The Drifter" (aired May 23, 1955).
Not much is known as to when exactly or how Ed passed away. In 1956 he did appear on the July 13. broadcast of CBS radio workshop and died later that year. He was buried in Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York.
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