Eddie Acuff
Eddie Acuff was an American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 actor. His best-known recurring role is that of Mr. Beasley, the postman, in the Blondie
Blondie (film)
Blondie is a 1938 movie directed by Frank Strayer, based on the comic strip of the same name. The screenplay was written by Chic Young and Richard Flournoy....

movie series that starred Penny Singleton
Penny Singleton
Penny Singleton was an American film actress. Born Marianna Dorothy Agnes Letitia McNulty in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania she was the daughter of an Irish-American newspaperman Benny McNulty — from whom she received the nickname "Penny" because she was "as bright as a penny".During her sixty...

 and Arthur Lake
Arthur Lake (actor)
Arthur Lake was an American actor known best for bringing Dagwood Bumstead, the bumbling husband of Blondie, to life in film, radio and television.-Early life and career:...


Born in Caruthersville, Missouri
Caruthersville, Missouri
Caruthersville is the most populous city and county seat of Pemiscot County, located along the Mississippi River in the bootheel of southeastern Missouri in the United States. The population was 6,760 at the 2000 census.-History:...

, Acuff was probably bitten by the acting bug through association with his maternal uncle, a performer on 19th century showboats along the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
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. Before beginning his Hollywood film career in 1934, he performed in Broadway theatre
Broadway theatre
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 in the early-1930s. He died in Hollywood, California and is buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery
Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery
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  • 1936: The Petrified Forest
    The Petrified Forest
    The Petrified Forest is a 1936 American film, starring Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, and Humphrey Bogart. A precursor of film noir, it was adapted from Robert E. Sherwood's 1936 stage play of the same name...

    , directed by Archie Mayo
    Archie Mayo
    Archie Mayo was a movie director and stage actor who moved to Hollywood in 1915 and began working as a director in 1917....

  • 1937: Love Is on the Air
    Love Is on the Air
    Love is on the Air is a 1937 film directed by Nick Grinde. The film stars Ronald Reagan, Eddie Acuff, supported by Robert Barrat, Raymond Hatton, and Willard Parker. This was Reagan's screen debut....

    , directed by Nick Grinde
    Nick Grinde
    Nick Grindé was an American film director and screenwriter. He directed 57 films between 1928 and 1945....

  • 1940: They Drive By Night
    They Drive by Night
    They Drive by Night is a black-and-white film noir starring George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, and Humphrey Bogart, and directed by Raoul Walsh. The picture involves a pair of embattled truck drivers and was released in the UK under the title The Road to Frisco. The film was based on A. I...

    , directed by Raoul Walsh
    Raoul Walsh
    Raoul Walsh was an American film director, actor, founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the brother of silent screen actor George Walsh...

  • 1941: High Sierra, directed by Raoul Walsh
    Raoul Walsh
    Raoul Walsh was an American film director, actor, founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the brother of silent screen actor George Walsh...

  • 1945: The Clock
    The Clock
    The Clock is a fictional masked crime-fighter published during the Golden Age of Comic Books. According to the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, the Clock was the first masked hero to appear in American comic books.-Publication history:...

    , directed by Vincente Minnelli
    Vincente Minnelli
    Vincente Minnelli was an American stage director and film director, famous for directing such classic movie musicals as Meet Me in St. Louis, The Band Wagon, and An American in Paris. In addition to having directed some of the most famous and well-remembered musicals of his time, Minnelli made...

  • 1946: Chick Carter, Detective
    Chick Carter, Detective
    Chick Carter, Detective is a 1946 Columbia film serial. Columbia could not afford the rights to produce a Nick Carter serial so they made Chick Carter, Detective about his son instead. This was based on the radio series Chick Carter, Boy Detective...

    , directed by Derwin Abrahams
  • 1947: Down To Earth
    Down to Earth (1947 film)
    Down to Earth is a musical comedy starring Rita Hayworth, Larry Parks, and Marc Platt, and directed by Alexander Hall. It is a sequel to the 1941 film Here Comes Mr. Jordan, also directed by Hall. Edward Everett Horton and James Gleason reprise their roles from the earlier film, but Roland Culver...

    , directed by Alexander Hall
    Alexander Hall
    Alexander Hall was an American theatre actor and film director....

  • 1949: Johnny Allegro, directed by Ted Tetzlaff
    Ted Tetzlaff
    Dale H. "Ted" Tetzlaff was a noted Academy Award-nominated Hollywood cinematographer active in the 1930s and 1940s. He was particularly favored by actress Carole Lombard...

External links

  • http://www.acuff.org/
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