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Ned Sparks (I) (1883–1957)

Ned Sparks proved himself a top character support whose style would be imitated for decades to come. Although less remembered now, he was an inimitable cinematic player back in 1930s Hollywood. The nasal-toned, deadpan comedian Sparks was born Edward A. Sparkman in Guelph, Canada, and was raised for a time in St. Thomas, Ontario. He attended the ... See full bio »

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 1950 King Tut's Tomb (Short)
Heckle / Jeckle / Sphinx / ... (uncredited)
 1947 Magic Town
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
Ned Sparks
 1941 For Beauty's Sake
Jonathan B. Sweet
 1939 The Star Maker
'Speed' King
 1938 Hawaii Calls
 1937 This Way Please
Inky Wells
 1937 Wake Up and Live
Steve Cluskey
 1936 One in a Million
Danny Simpson
 1936 The Bride Walks Out
Paul Dodson
 1936 Two's Company
 1936 Collegiate
'Scoop' Oakland
 1935 Sweet Music
'Ten Percent' Nelson
 1934 Sweet Adeline
Dan Herzig
 1934 Imitation of Life
Elmer Smith
 1934 Marie Galante
 1934 Servants' Entrance
Hjalmar Gnu
 1934 Down to Their Last Yacht
Captain 'Sunny Jim' Roberts
 1934 Private Scandal
Inspector Riordan
 1934 Sing and Like It
Toots McGuire
 1934 Hi, Nellie!
 1933 Going Hollywood
 1933 Alice in Wonderland
 1933 Too Much Harmony
Lem Spawn
 1933 Lady for a Day
 1933 Gold Diggers of 1933
Barney Hopkins
 1933 Secrets
 1933 42nd Street
Thomas Barry
 1932 The Crusader
Eddie Crane
 1932 Big City Blues
Mr. 'Stacky' Stackhouse
 1932 Blessed Event
George Moxley
 1932 The Miracle Man
Harry Evans (as Ned A. Sparks)
 1932 Big Dame Hunting (Short)
 1931 The Wide Open Spaces (Short)
Sheriff Jack Rancid
 1931 Corsair
 1931 Strife of the Party (Short)
 1931 The Way of All Fish (Short)
 1931 The Secret Call
Bert Benedict
 1931 Iron Man
 1931 Kept Husbands
Hughie Hanready
 1930 Leathernecking
 1930 Conspiracy
Winthrop 'Little Nemo' Clavering
 1930 The Fall Guy
Danny Walsh
 1930 The Devil's Holiday
Charlie Thorne
 1930 Double Cross Roads
Happy Max
 1930 Love Comes Along
 1929 Street Girl
Happy Winter
 1929 Nothing But the Truth
Clarence van Dyke
 1929 Strange Cargo
Yacht First Mate
 1929 The Canary Murder Case
Tony Skeel (as Ned A. Sparks)
 1928 The Big Noise
William Howard
 1928 On to Reno
Herbert Holmes
 1927 The Small Bachelor
J. Hamilton Beamish
 1927 Alias the Lone Wolf
 1927 Alias the Deacon
'Slim' Sullivan
 1927 The Secret Studio
The Plumber
 1926 Twinkletoes
Unknown Role
 1926 Oh, What a Night!
'Slickry' Benton
 1926 Love's Blindness
 1926 The Hidden Way
 1926 Money Talks
Lucius Fenton
 1926 The Auction Block
Nat Saluson
 1926 Mike
 1925 Soul Mates
Tancred's Chauffeur
 1925 The Only Thing
 1925 Bright Lights
Barney Gallagher
 1925 Seven Keys to Baldpate
 1925 Faint Perfume
Orrin Crumb
 1925 His Supreme Moment
 1925 The Boomerang
Bert Hanks
 1925 Asleep in the Deep (Short)
 1924 The Law Forbids
Clyde Vernon
 1924 One Night It Rained (Short)
 1923 Easter Bonnets (Short)
 1922 The Bond Boy
Cyrus Morgan
 1922 A Wide Open Town
Si Ryan
 1920 Good References
Peter Stearns
 1920 The Perfect Woman
Grimes, the Anarchist
 1920 In Search of a Sinner
 1920 Nothing But the Truth
The Monocle Man (as Ned A. Sparks)
 1919 A Virtuous Vamp
Mr. Bell
 1919 A Temperamental Wife
The Hotel Clerk
 1919 The Social Pirate
Harry Barnes
 1915 The Little Miss Brown (Short)
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(1912- 1921?). Active on Broadway in the following productions: See more »

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Ned A. Sparks


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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I speedily realized that I was not destined to cause the ladies to swoon with romantic ecstasy as they watched me make love to one of their sex. I have also divined that comedy and not romantic acting was my special forte.


Got his start singing in a saloon in Dawson City, Yukon after he failed to find gold. See more »


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