|born: 15 May 1896
Owsle County, Kentucky,
United States of America
|died: 21 January 1969
San Gabriel, California,
United States of America
(emphysema, age 72)
|American actor and stunt double; the brother of Chet Brandenburg.
On December 3, 1934, Ed was involved in a car accident near Mojave, California. He was driving a car containing his wife and two friends, film property man Harold Bowes and a Miss Zita Shields, on the way back from visiting friends at a ranch near Mojave. The lights from an oncoming vehicle blinded him and prevented him from seeing a parked truck, which he crashed into. Bowes was sitting in the rear of the car, the part which struck the truck, and was instantly killed in the collision, while the Brandenburgs and Miss Shields suffered minor injuries. Per The Fresno Bee (3 Dec 1934), "The coroner declared the truck, registered to the Billy Ryan Trucking Company of Los Angeles, had been left standing without lights and without any one watching it."
In the 1940s, Ed was part-owner of Club Alabam, a nightclub in Los Angeles, along with jazz bandleader Curtis Mosby, who also served as host. The Los Angeles Daily News (22 Apr 1943) states, "Ed BRANDENBURG who, with son, Jr., backs the CLUB ALABAM, was formerly in the PICTURE BUSINESS for years." Mosby was jailed for a short time for tax evasion in 1947; Mosby had previously declared bankruptcy and hid his part ownership in Club Alabam. In the 1947 trial, Brandenburg came forward to claim he was sole owner (after Mosby had changed his plea from "guilty" to "not guilty"), but the judge and jury didn't buy it and convicted Mosby. In 1949-50, Brandenburg and Mosby apparently co-owned the "New Club Alabam." Mosby died in 1957. In mentions in the press, Ed was mostly referred to as "M. E. Brandenberg [sic]."
Some sources incorrectly list his birth place as Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
|Real name: Marion Edgar Brandenburg
|Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.|
|▼ NON-HAL ROACH FILMS|
|The Sap Takes A Wrap
SCREENSHOT IS DISPUTED
Gary L. Evans (photo)
Jesse Brisson (bio notes; identification in Do Detectives Think?, Don't Park There!, A Ten-Minute Egg, Smithy, Powder And Smoke!, Maid In Hollywood, California Or Bust!, Safety Last!,
Young Oldfield, Them Thar Hills, What's The World Coming To, Sugar Daddies, Wrong Again, Pass The Gravy, Sure-Mike,
Asleep In The Feet, Babes In The Goods, Mrs Barnacle Bill; One Track Minds, plus research on screen credits)
His appearances 365 Days, Anything Once and Limousine Love are my own observations.
*NOTE: Ed's photo-only appearance in Mrs. Barnacle Bill is not counted in his overall Roach Films count.
This page was last updated on: 27 June 2023