Submitted for your approval, or at least your consideration, a very funny man in a not-so funny dramatic role. Long-time star of stage and screen, including many Disney live-action and animated programs, is one Ed Wynn. Mr. Wynn is about to step over from whimsy into… The Twilight Zone!
Whether you enjoyed him as Mary Poppins’ floating uncle or his madcap antics as The Mad Hatter, Ed Wynn has certainly left an impression upon every Disney fan! Mr. Wynn appeared in at least one other episode of The Twilight Zone (Season One’s One for the Angels).
I noticed how frail Mr. Wynn was looking in this episode, and with a little research, learned that he was 77 at the time this was filmed in 1963. This was just three years before his death on June 19th, 1966. And don’t forget that you’ve seen his son, Keenan Wynn in many Disney live-action films as well, and the Season One episode of the Twilight Zone called A World of His Own.
Let’s put it to a vote as to which role was most memorable:
Uncle Albert from Mary Poppins
- The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland
- The Toy Maker from Babes in Toyland
- Rufus from the Gnome-Mobile
- or something else?
Cast your vote with your reason in the comments below and share your thoughts about this Disney Legend (inducted August 10th, 2013).