Wallace Eddinger


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(1881–1929), actor. He was born in Albany, New York, and made his debut as a child actor in 1888. He continued to play children's roles for the next five years, notably as Cedric in Little Lord Fauntleroy. Returning to the stage as an adult in 1902 as a replacement in Soldiers of Fortune, Eddinger quickly made playgoers note his polished skills both as a comic and serious actor, as well as the boyish, down-home attractiveness he was never to lose. Prominent supporting roles followed in The Optimist (1906), Caught in the Rain (1907), and Classmates (1907). His versatility was further demonstrated when he essayed the weakling Howard Jeffries in The Third Degree (1909), the flying author Robert Street in The Aviator (1910), art collector Travers Gladwin in Officer 666 (1912), and novelist William Magee in Seven Keys to Baldpate (1913). Eddinger's other hits included the jealous Budd Woodbridge in The Boomerang (1915), the groom-to-be Reginald Carter in Wedding Bells (1919), and the overimaginative Ambrose in Captain Applejack (1921). His last successes were as the Novelist in The Haunted House (1924) and diarist Samuel Pepys in And So to Bed (1927).

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.

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