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 Joe Penner

Joe Penner

Birth
Hungary
Death 10 Jan 1941 (aged 36)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Great Mausoleum, Fuchsia Terrace, crypt C, on stairwell landing
Memorial ID 2083 · View Source
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Comedian. Born in Nagybecskerek, Austria-Hungary, he was known for his zany antics and slapstick comedy, on radio during the Depression years. He immigrated to America with parents in the 1920s and got a job at the Ford Factory in Detroit, Michigan. Always the funny guy, he signed on to amateur night at a Detroit Theater, was soon a regular and toured in a vaudeville revue in 1932. After an audition on the radio, Penner secured a spot on the “Rudy Vallee Radio Show” in 1933 and started using his noted catchphrase, "Wanna buy a duck?". In 1934, he signed with CBS and had his own show “The Joe Penner Show”, which was voted as Radio's Top Comedian show of the 1930s. He also appeared in the feature films “College Rhythm” (1934), “New Faces of 1937” (1937), “Mr. Doodle Kicks Off” (1938), “The Day the Bookies Wept” (1939) and “Millionaire Playboy” (1940). He died suddenly of heart failure at age 36 and has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2083
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joe Penner (11 Nov 1904–10 Jan 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2083, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .