by Steve Wichrowski

The author of "Edgar Kennedy: Master of the Slow Burn", Bill Cassera, gives a brief but informative interview on how the book started off as a hobby and was changed to a labor of love after a poignant contact with one of Edgar Kennedy's family members. Hear the details directly from the author of this very popular book in this 2007 exclusive interview.

"Edgar worked with all the greats like Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, The Marx Brothers and Fatty Arbuckle but in his own right he was very successful starring in hundreds of films and even directing some shorts for Hal Roach. For every studio in Hollywood Edgar Kennedy embodied one thing: frustration. Edgar was therefore hired to play hotheads, cops, prison wardens, blue-collared workmen or simply a short-tempered, stubborn householder. His Average Man comedies were said to be the basis of the kind of domestic sit-com later made famous on television. Edgar passed away on November 9th, 1948."

Text from The Charlie Hall Picture Archive, page 104

Hollywood Hotel (1937)