Edgar Bergen Net Worth

Edgar Bergen Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Edgar John Berggren net worth is
$2 Million

Edgar John Berggren Wiki Biography

Edgar John Bergen was born on 16 February 1903, in Chicago, Illinois USA, of part- Swedish descent, and was an actor, radio performer, and comedian, but best known for his ventriloquist ability, utilizing the personas of Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. All of his efforts helped put his net worth to where it was prior to his passing in 1978.

How rich was Edgar Bergen? As of mid-2017, sources estimate a net worth that was at $2 million, earned through success in his numerous endeavors. He also had many famous vaudeville acts, and made appearances in a variety of films. All of these achievements ensured the position of his wealth.

Edgar Bergen Net Worth $2 million

Edgar grew up on a farm and later spent time in Sweden. He learned ventriloquism at a young age, meantime attending Lake View High School. He then worked at various odd jobs, such as an apprentice accountant, and projectionist in a silent movie house. He was given lessons in ventriloquism and in 1919, paid for his first wood sculpt, naming the dummy Charlie McCarthy which became his lifelong sidekick. After matriculating, he attended Northwestern University and enrolled in a pre-med program. He later switched to Speech & Drama, but never completed his degree. He started doing performances consistently during the early 1920s.

Bergen initially worked in vaudeville, and was also a part of various movie shorts. He really found popularity on radio, and his success helped open up more opportunities for him, increasing his net worth significantly. He was then given a regular cast roll in “The Chase and Sanborn Hour”. He and Charlie carried the show, and soon he would create other characters too, including Mortimer Snerd and Effie Clinker though Charlie remained the star. He was very technically skilled, both in ventriloquism and comedic timing, and was certainly recognized for this skill. In 1948 he temporarily retired from radio after facing competition from the quiz show “Stop the Music”, but the following year he went to CBS with a new weekly program entitled “The Charlie McCarthy Show”. It was sponsored for three years by Coca Cola, and was then sustained by Richard Hudnut. In 1954, it was sponsored by Kraft Foods, and continued airing until 1956.

Edgar was also a comic strip creator, running the comic strip “Mortimer & Charlie” in newspapers. He also did acting work, appearing with Charlie McCarthy in numerous films; some of his projects included “You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man”, and “The Goldwyn Follies”. He also appeared solo in “I Remember Mama”, “Look Who’s Laughing”, “Stage Door Canteen” and “The Phynx”. He even made a guest appearance in “The Muppet Show”, and also appeared in “The Muppet Movie”. He subsequently made regular television appearances in episodes of various popular shows, such as “The Gisele MacKenzie Show”, “Five Fingers”, “Here’s Hollywood”, and “The DuPont Show with Juny Allyson”, all adding to his net worth.

For his personal life, it is known that Bergen married fashion model Frances Westerman in 1945. Their daughter is actress Candice Bergen and their son is editor Kris Bergen. In 1978, Edgar announced his retirement from show business and sent Charlie to the Smithsonian Institution. He passed away three days later in his sleep, from the effects of kidney disease. He and Frances, who died in 1984 are buried in Inglewood Cemetery, California, together with his parents.

Full NameEdgar Bergen
Net Worth$2 Million
Date Of BirthFebruary 16, 1903
DiedSeptember 30, 1978, Paradise, Nevada, United States
Place Of BirthChicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height5' 11½" (1.82 m)
ProfessionActor, Soundtrack, Writer
EducationNorthwestern University
SpouseFrances Bergen (m. 1945–1978)
ChildrenCandice Bergen, Kris Bergen
ParentsJohan Henriksson Berggren, Nilla Svensdotter Berggren
AwardsScreen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, Academy Honorary Award, Peabody Award
MoviesFun and Fancy Free, You Can't Cheat an Honest Man, The Goldwyn Follies, I Remember Mama, Look Who's Laughing, Stage Door Canteen, Captain China, Here We Go Again, Letter of Introduction, Disney Learning Adventures: Mickey and the Beanstalk, Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood, Rogue's Gallery, ...
TV ShowsWho Do You Trust?
1{At age 75, Bergen decided to retire. His final show in Las Vegas was packed, and he received six standing ovations. His closing lines that evening were:} Every vaudeville act must have an opening and a closing, so I'll pack up my jokes and my little friends... and say goodbye.
2Show me where Stalin is buried and I'll show you a communist plot.
1He and his daughter Candice Bergen were the only parent and child to each make guest appearances on The Muppet Show (1976).
2Born Edgar John Berggren of Swedish parentage.
3He was awarded three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 6425 Hollywood Boulevard; Motion Pictures at 6766 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Radio at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
4Profiled in "Old Time Radio Memories" by Mel Simons (BearManor Media).
5Reportedly left $10,000 in his will to his dummy Charlie McCarthy through The Actors Fund. The money was intended to preserve Charlie and keep him in good shape. Charlie's original name was Charlie Mack, named after the man who originally sculpted him.
6Was never a flawless ventriloquist, but worked the fact that his lips moved into routines; Charlie McCarthy in particular would rib him about it. Nonetheless, when Bergen appeared in person, everyone reacted to his characters as though they did the talking.
7Died only weeks after his retirement, in the fall of 1978.
8Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald S. Smith, pg. 45-46. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
9The Muppet Movie (1979) was dedicated in his memory.
10"The Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy Show" (1937-1956) was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.
11Pictured on one of five 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps celebrating famous comedians, issued in booklet form 29 August 1991. He is shown with alter ego Charlie McCarthy. The stamp designs were drawn by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. The other comedians honored in the set are Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy; Jack Benny; Fanny Brice; and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.
12Served as the first president of the Television Academy.
13Father of Kris Bergen, a film and TV editor.
14Ventriloquist, father of Candice Bergen.
15Attended Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).
16There were three versions of Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergen's most famous character. One of the wooden "dummies" is in the Smithsonian Institution; the second occupies a place of honor at the Museum Of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. The third is owned by magician David Copperfield who purchased it at an auction for $110,000.


The Dick Powell Theatre1961-1962TV SeriesEugene Swanson / Dr. Samuels / Dr. Coombs
The DuPont Show with June Allyson1960TV SeriesCharlie
Five Fingers1959TV SeriesJoseph Heidegger
The Milton Berle Show1959TV SeriesEdgar Bergen
The Jack Benny Program1959TV SeriesEdgar Bergen
Shower of Stars1954-1955TV Series
Ponds Theater1954TV SeriesThe Yankee
Kraft Theatre1954TV SeriesEdgar Bergen Charlie McCarthy
Mystery Lake1953Dr. Sorenson
Charlie's Haunt1950Edgar Bergen
Captain China1950Mr. Haasvelt
I Remember Mama1948Mr. Thorkelson
Fun & Fancy Free1947Edgar Bergen Charlie McCarthy Mortimer Snerd
Mickey and the Beanstalk1947ShortNarrator (voice, uncredited)
Hour Glass1946TV Series
Song of the Open Road1944Edgar Bergen
Stage Door Canteen1943Edgar Berger
Here We Go Again1942Edgar Bergen-Character Charlie McCarthy Mortimer Snerd
Look Who's Laughing1941Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy, Detective1939Edgar Bergen
You Can't Cheat an Honest Man1939The Great Edgar
Letter of Introduction1938Edgar Bergen
Hollywood Handicap1938ShortEdgar Bergen
The Goldwyn Follies1938Edgar Bergen
A Neckin' Party1937ShortEdgar Bergen
Double Talk1937ShortDr. Bergen
Bring on the Girls1937ShortEdgar Bergen
Nut Guilty1936ShortJudge Bergen
All American Drawback1935ShortCoach Bergen
Two Boobs in a Balloon1935ShortProf. Cicero Pu
At the Races1934ShortEdgar
Pure Feud1934ShortEdgar Albert Appletree
Africa Speaks -- English1933ShortUncle
Free and Easy1931ShortProfessor
The Eyes Have It1931ShortDr. Wilbur Grant
Donkey Business1931Short
The Office Scandal1930ShortMr. Depew
The Operation1930ShortDoctor Bruce Langdon
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood1976Professor Quicksand
Police Story1975TV SeriesMr. Farber
My Sister Hank1972TV MovieGrandpa Bennett
The ABC Comedy Hour1972TV Series
The Homecoming: A Christmas Story1971TV MovieEbenezer Walton
The Waltons1971TV SeriesGrandpa Zebb Walton
The Phynx1970Edgar Bergen
The Red Skelton Hour1969TV SeriesDoctor
Rogue's Gallery1968Roy Benz
Laugh-In1968TV SeriesCharlie McCarthy
Don't Make Waves1967Madame Lavinia
One Way Wahine1965Sweeney
Burke's Law1964-1965TV SeriesClyde Olsen / Horton Galbraith / George Smith
The Hanged Man1964TV MovieHotel Clerk
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea1964TV SeriesKenner
The Greatest Show on Earth1964TV SeriesMcTavish
The Littlest Hobo1964TV SeriesHjalmer


The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1959TV Series performer - 1 episode
Here We Go Again1942performer: "Delicious Delirium" 1942, "Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground" 1863
Charlie McCarthy, Detective1939performer: "I'm Charlie McCarthy, Detective"
The Goldwyn Follies1938performer: "I Love to Rhyme" 1937 - uncredited
A Neckin' Party1937Short performer: "Cattle Ropin' Romeo" - uncredited
Double Talk1937Short performer: "By a Waterfall" - uncredited


Screen Snapshots Series 21, No. 71942Short additional material - uncredited
Look Who's Laughing1941uncredited


The Muppet Movie1979in memory of


The Muppet Movie1979Himself / Charlie McCarthy
Mickey's 501978DocumentaryHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1978TV SeriesHimself
The Vent Event1978TV MovieHimself
The Muppet Show1977TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest Star
Dinah!1975-1977TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1965-1977TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself / Mortimer Snerd
The People's Command Performance: '771977TV MovieHimself
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour1977TV SeriesHimself
Sha Na Na1977TV SeriesHimself
Donny and Marie1976TV SeriesHimself
The Good Old Days of Radio1976TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Lion Roars Again1975Documentary shortHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Orson Welles1975TV SpecialHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1965-1973TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Jack Paar Tonite1973TV SeriesHimself
The Great Radio Comedians1972TV Movie documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life1971TV SeriesHimself
Mantrap1971TV SeriesHimself
Happy Days1970TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Laugh-In1970TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesHimself
The Jackie Gleason Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Jonathan Winters Show1968TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1968TV SeriesHimself
The Woody Woodbury Show1967TV SeriesHimself
The Andy Williams Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1964-1966TV SeriesHimself - Ventriloquist
The Match Game1965TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain
What's My Line?1952-1965TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest / Mortimer Snerd
The Celebrity Game1964TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1964TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1964TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host
Bachelor Father1962TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1955-1961TV SeriesVentriloquist / Himself - Ventriloquist / Himself
I've Got a Secret1956-1961TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Guest / Charlie McCarthy
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Benny Program1960TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1960TV SeriesHimself
Sunday Showcase1960TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Strawberry Blonde1959TV MovieHimself - Host
Disneyland '591959TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1959TV SeriesHimself - Ventriloquist
Frances Langford Presents1959TV SeriesHimself
December Bride1958TV SeriesHimself
The Bob Crosby Show1958TV SeriesHimself
You Bet Your Life1958TV SeriesHimself - Ventriloquist
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1958TV SeriesHimself - Ventriloquest / Himself - Ventriloquist
Social Security in Action1958TV SeriesHimself
The Gisele MacKenzie Show1957TV SeriesHimself
Club Oasis1957TV SeriesHimself
Chelsea at Nine1957TV SeriesHimself
Screen Snapshots 1856: The Mocambo Party1957ShortHimself
The Heart of Show Business1957ShortHimself
The Kate Smith Show1957TV SeriesHimself
Who Do You Trust?1956-1957TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Colgate Comedy Hour1955TV SeriesHimself - Host / Ventriloquist / Himself - Ventriloquist / ...
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Stars on Parade1954Documentary shortHimself
General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein1954TV MovieHimself / Host
The 25th Annual Academy Awards1953TV SpecialHimself (as Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy)
Olympic Fund Telethon1952TV SpecialHimself
In Town Today1951TV MovieHimself
The James Melton Show1951TV SeriesHimself
One Hour in Wonderland1950TV SpecialHimself Charlie McCarthy Mortimer Snerd
Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd in Sweden1950ShortHimself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Famous Feet1950Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Edgar Bergen with Charlie McCarthy1950TV MovieHimself
Is Everybody Listening?1947Documentary shortEdgar Bergen - Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy Radio Program
Show-Business at War1943Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 21, No. 71942ShortHimself, Edgar Bergen
Screen Snapshots: Seeing Hollywood1940Documentary shortHimself - Rodeo Spectator
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 61939Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 21938Documentary shortHimself
Unusual Occupations1938/IDocumentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 91938Short documentaryHimself - Oscar Presenter

Archive Footage

American Experience2013TV Series documentaryHimself / Charlie McCarthy
Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices2008Video documentaryCharlie McCarthy
The Story of Light Entertainment2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Weird U.S.2005TV Series documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Candice's Father (segment "Candice Bergen-Murphy Brown")
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 11999TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Biography1994-1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHimself
Legends of Comedy1992TV Movie documentary
Muppet Babies1988TV SeriesHimself / Charlie McCarthy
Classic Comedy Teams1986Video documentaryHimself / Charlie McCarthy
W.C. Fields: Straight Up1986TV Movie documentaryHimself - 1956
The Great Standups1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActor - Unidentified Film (uncredited)
The Hollywood Palace1970TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood My Home Town1965DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood Without Make-Up1963DocumentaryHimself
Studio One in Hollywood1957TV SeriesHimself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Laugh Parade1953ShortHimself
Screen Snapshots 2856: It Was Only Yesterday1950ShortHimself
Hour Glass1946TV SeriesHimself - Comedian
Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 8: Looking Back1946ShortHimself
The Cavalcade of Academy Awards from 1928-19391940Documentary shortHimself

Won Awards

1979Life Achievement AwardScreen Actors Guild Awards
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6766 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6425 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRadioOn 8 February 1960. At 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
1938Honorary AwardAcademy Awards, USAFor his outstanding comedy creation, Charlie McCarthy (wooden statuette).

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