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Edward Pawley ACTOR

Edward Pawley was born on march 16th, 1901 in Kansas City, Missouri with the birth name Edward Joel Pawley.  After graduating from Manuel Training High School, where he first developed an interest in acting, he went on to work in a traveling show and then decided to relocate to New York City.
He found work as a stage actor in a number of off-Broadway productions before getting his big break in 1928 in the Broadway production, "Elmer Gantry".  Other stage credits he soon added included, "Processional" (1928), "Street Scene" (1929), "Subway Express" (1929), "Two Seconds" (1931) and "Life Begins" (1932).   

At the same time that he was working as a stage actor, he began to take on small film roles appearing in, "Thirteen Women" Myrna Loy, Irene Dunne, Ricardo Cortez, Florence Eldridge, Mary Duncan, Peg Entwistle, Kay Johnson and Jill Esmond and "Tess of the Storm Country" (both 1932) starring Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell and Dudley Digges. 

In 1933, Pawley chose to relocate to Los Angeles, California in search of more prominent film roles.  Soon he was appearing in such films as, "Treasure Island" (1934) starring Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Lewis Stone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Barrymore, Otto Kruger and Douglass Dumbrille, "Mississippi" (1935) starring Bing Crosby, W.C. Fields, Joan Bennett, Fred Kohler, John Miljan, Quennie Smith and Gail Patrick, "King Solomon of Broadway" (1935) with Edmund Lowe, Dorothy Page and Pinky Tomlin, "Hoosier Schoolboy" (1937) starring Mickey Rooney, Anne Nagel and Frank Sheilds, "It Can't Last Forever" (1937) Ralph Bellamy, Betty Furness, Thurston Hall, Charles Judels, Raymond Walburn, Dorothy Dandridge, Paul Fix and Donald O'Connor
 and Robert Armstrong, "Gun Law" (1938) starring George O'Brien, "The Oklahoma Kid" (1939) starring alongside James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane, Donald Crisp, Charles Middleton, Ward Bond, John Miljan and Trevor Bardette, "Each Dawn I Die" (1939) starring James Cagney and George Raft, Jane Bryan, George Bancroft, Victor Jory, Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom, Stanley Ridges, John Wray and Thurston Hall and "Flowing Gold" (1940) starring John Garfield, Frances Farmer, Raymond Walburn, Cliff Edwards, Tom Kennedy, John Alexander and Pat O'Brien and Romance on the Range with Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Harry Woods, Hal Taliaferro, Glenn Strange, Roy Barcroft, Sally Payne and the Sons of the Pioneers.
The majority of character roles he portrayed were of 'the bad guy'.  He added over fifty film roles to his credits and appeared on the big screen with such actor as, Mickey Rooney, James Cagney and Donald O'Connor.

He began to become discouraged with the communist infiltration in the industry and he expressed his frustration, which took a toll on his career.  Soon, fewer film roles were being offered to Pawley so he chose to leave Hollywood and return to working as a stage actor in the mid 1940's. Edward played Bill Davidson on the long-running radio show, "Just Plain Bill".
His last film role was in 1943 on, "The Desperadoes" starring Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor, Evelyn Keyes, Edgar Buchanan, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Porter Hall, Slim Whitaker and Glenn Ford.  He was then cast in the role of, Steven Wilson on the old-time radio series, "Big Town", which ran for eight years.  He then decided to retire for good in 1951 from the industry and relocated to Rappahannock, Virginia where he worked selling goats and as a part time radio announcer.

Edward Pawley married twice throughout his lifetime, first to Martina May Martin in 1922 and they had one son together before the marriage ended in divorce in 1929.  He then married Helen Shipment in 1937 and they remained married until she passed in 1984.  He did not re-marry, nor did he have any other children.  Pawley lost his life on January 27th, 1988 at the age of eighty six, in Charlottesville, Virginia after suffering from a heart attack.


1943         The Desperadoes
1942         Eyes of the Underworld
1942         Flight Lieutenant
1942         Romance on the Range
1942         True to the Army
1942         Treat 'Em Rough
1941         Hold That Ghost
1941         Hit the Road
1940         San Francisco Docks
1940         The Texas Rangers Ride Again
1940         Flowing Gold
1940         River's End
1940         Castle on the Hudson
1939         Old Hickory 
1939         The Big Guy
1939         Each Dawn I Die
1939         Help Wanted
1939         Unmarried
1939         The Lady's from Kentucky
1939         Money to Loan 
1939         The Oklahoma Kid
1938         Tom Sawyer, Detective
1938         Angels with Dirty Faces
1938         Sons of the Legion
1938         Smashing the Rackets
1938         Little Tough Guy
1938         Prison Break
1938         Romance of the Limberlost
1938         You and Me
1938         Gun Law
1938         Dangerous to Know
1938         White Banners
1937         The Last Gangster
1937         It Can't Last Forever
1937         Hoosier Schoolboy
1937         Mountain Justice
1937         Dangerous Number
1936         Sinner Take All
1936         Sworn Enemy
1936         Tough Guy
1935         King Solomon of Broadway
1935         Dante's Inferno
1935         G Men
1935         Mississippi
1935         Helldorado
1934         Treasure Island
1933         Bureau of Missing Persons
1933         Murders in the Zoo
1933         Olsen's Big Moment
1932         Tess of the Storm Country
1932         Thirteen Women

Matinee Classics - Romance on the Range starring Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Sally Payne, Linda Hayes, Edward Pawley, Harry L. Woods, Hal Taliaferro, Glenn Strange, Roy Barcroft and the Sons of the Pioneers
Matinee Classics - Prison Break starring Barton MacLane, Glenda Farrell, Paul Hurst, Constance Moore, Edward Pawley, Edmund McaDonald, Ward B ond, Guy Usher, Victor Kilian, Frank Darien and George Cleveland

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