Ventriloquists in History

Events in Film & TV

  • 1936-12-17 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen & dummy Charlie McCarthy, appear on TV

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1896-04-17 Señor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist (his hand acts as a puppet) and comedian, born in Peñaranda de Bracamonte, Salamanca, Spain (d. 1999)
  • 1903-02-16 Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1922-12-21 Paul Winchell, American ventriloquist (Jerry Mahoney, Knucklehead Smith), born in NYC, New York
  • 1926-10-31 Shirley Dinsdale, ventriloquist (Judy Splinters), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1926-11-20 Terry Hall, English ventriloquist, born in Chadderton, Lancashire, England (d. 2007)
  • 1928-12-15 Jimmy Nelson, American ventriloquist (Nestles, Farfel), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1930-09-18 Ray Alan, British ventriloquist and television entertainer (Lord Charles), born in Greenwich, London (d. 2010)
  • 1934-01-17 Shari Lewis, American ventriloquist, puppeteer (Lamb Chop), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1940-09-08 Willie Tyler, American ventriloquist (Lester), born in Red Level, Alabama

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2012-10-12 Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham (50) weds fitness model Audrey Murdick (32) at the Sunstone Vineyards in Santa Ynez, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1978-09-30 Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), dies at 75
  • 1988-10-11 Wayland Flowers, American ventriloquist (Madame), dies of AIDS at 48
  • 1998-08-02 Shari Lewis, American puppeteer and ventriloquist (Lamb Chop), dies at 64
  • 1999-04-20 Señor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist (his hand acts as a puppet) and comedian, dies at 103
  • 2005-06-24 Paul Winchell, American voice actor and ventriloquist (b. 1922)
  • 2007-04-04 Terry Hall, English ventriloquist, dies at 80
  • 2010-05-24 Ray Alan, English ventriloquist & television entertainer (Lord Charles), dies at 79

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