Magic The Gathering Graded. Other Trading Card Games. SEE PHOTO FOR CONDITION. &###xA0;&###xA0; &&###xA0;Mortimer Snerd&##xA0. 8 x 10 &##xA0. AUTHENTICATED BY JSA (JAMES SPENCE AUTHENTICATION). &###xA0;Edgar John Bergen (February 16, 1903 &###x2013; September 30, 1978). Was an American actor, comedian and radio performer, best known for his proficiency in ventriloquism and his characters. Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. He is also the father of actress Candice Bergen. He died on September 30, 1978, in Las Vegas, Nevada due to kidney disease. Bergen was born Edgar John Bergren in Chicago, Illinois, one of five children and the youngest of two sons of Swedish immigrants Nilla Svensdotter (n&###xE9;e Osberg) and Johan Henriksson Berggren. He attended Lake View High School. After his father died when he was just 16, he went out to work as an apprentice accountant, a furnace stoke, a player piano operator, and a projectionist in a silent-movie house. The famous ventriloquist Harry Lester was so impressed by Edgar that he gave the teenager almost daily lessons for three months in the fundamentals of ventriloquism. The head went on a dummy name. Which became Bergen’s lifelong sidekick. He had created the body himself, using a nine-inch length of broomstick for the backbone, and rubber bands and cords to control the lower jaw mechanism of the mouth. For college he attended Northwestern University where he was enrolled in the pre-med program to please his mother. He switched to Speech & Drama but never completed his degree.  He gave his first public performance at Waveland Avenue Congregational Church located on the northeast corner of Waveland and Janssen. He lived across the street from the church. In 1965, he gave the church a generous contribution, a thoughtful letter, and a photograph of himself which had been requested by the minister and was displayed in the church’s assembly room which was dedicated to Bergen. He cut out an “R” and a “G” from his family name and went from Berggren to Bergen on the showbills. Between June 1922 and August 1925, he performed every summer on the professional Chautauqua circuit and at the Lyceum theater in Chicago. Bergen had an interest in aviation, becoming a private pilot. His first performances were in vaudeville, at which point he legally changed his last name to the easier-to-pronounce “Bergen”. He worked in one-reel movie shorts, but his real success was on the radio. He and Charlie were seen at a New York party by Elsa Maxwell for No&###xEB;l Coward, who recommended them for an engagement at the famous Rainbow Room. It was there that two producers saw Bergen and Charlie perform. They then recommended them for a guest appearance on Rudy Vall&###xE9;e’s program. Their initial appearance (December 17, 1936) was so successful that the following year they were given their own show, as part of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. Under various sponsors (and two different networks), they were on the air from May 9, 1937 to July 1, 1956. The popularity of a ventriloquist on radio, when one could see neither the dummies nor his skill, surprised and puzzled many critics, then and now. Even knowing that Bergen provided the voice, listeners perceived Charlie as a genuine person, but only through artwork rather than photos could the character be seen as truly lifelike. Thus, in 1947, Sam Berman caricatured Bergen and McCarthy for the network’s glossy promotional book, NBC Parade of Stars: As Heard Over Your Favorite NBC Station. Bergen’s skill as an entertainer, especially his characterization of Charlie, carried the show (many of which have survived).  Bergen’s success on radio was paralleled in the United Kingdom by Peter Brough and his dummy Archie Andrews (Educating Archie). &###xA0; Note: These photos are 30, 40, and 50 years or older. &###xA0; There could be a light&###xA0; surface scratch, dimple, small crease, finger prints, fading, yellowing, bend, tear, food stain, etc. &###xA0; There are ones that do not have any&###xA0; defects at all. &###xA0; We will do the best to note all blemishes. WE’LL PAY CASH FOR YOUR COMICS, CARDS, & COLLECTIBLES! Sealed Boxes & Cases. Collections Large & Small. Vintage Comics, CGC Comics, Comic Original Art, Comic Collections. Sealed Sports Boxes & Cases, Vintage Singles (70’s and Below), Modern Singles (RC’s, Autographs, Relics etc), Graded Cards (Beckett, PSA, SGC), etc. Sealed Gaming Boxes & Cases, Gaming Singles, Magic The Gathering, Pokemon, Yugioh, Cardfight!! 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- Product Type: Autographed photo
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