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Eddie Firestone
Born(1920-12-11)December 11, 1920
DiedMarch 1, 2007(2007-03-01) (aged 86)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor
Years active1949–1990
In the Desilu Playhouse version of The Untouchables, L-R: Bob Osterloh, Eddie Firestone, Robert Stack, Keenan Wynn, Peter Leeds, Abel Fernandez and Bill Williams (1959)
In the Desilu Playhouse version of The Untouchables, L-R: Bob Osterloh, Eddie Firestone, Robert Stack, Keenan Wynn, Peter Leeds, Abel Fernandez and Bill Williams (1959)

Eddie Firestone (December 11, 1920 – March 1, 2007) was an American radio, television, and film actor who accumulated over 200 total credits during his performing career.

When he was 12, Firestone was in the cast of Wheatenaville, broadcast on NBC's Pacific network.[1]

An early success was in the title role of radio's That Brewster Boy.[2] While doing that program, he also was an undergraduate student at Northwestern University.[3] He left the program during World War II to join the United States Marine Corps in 1943, where he was commissioned, reaching the rank of captain, remaining in the Marine Corps Reserve until 1957.

At that time, he was billed as Eddie Firestone Jr.

Some of the first television appearances with Eddie Firestone was in the first season of Jack Webb's Dragnet (1951–52). He guest-starred in "The Big Lamp" in Season 1, Episode 14 on Dragnet, in Season 1, Episode 3 of The Dick Van Dyke Show, and in 1961 in the episode "The Charity Drive" of Window on Main Street. Firestone appeared in several roles on the popular Western television series Bonanza, Hogan's Heroes, as well as in Walt Disney's feature film The Great Locomotive Chase. He also appeared on Perry Mason in the 1962 episode, "The Case of the "Dodging Domino," the 1963 episode, "The Case of the Decadent Dean," and the 1964 episode, "The Case of the Place Called Midnight." Firestone appeared in Barnaby Jones in the episode titled “Trap Play”(01/07/1975).

He guest-starred in "Prosecutor", the premiere episode of The Silent Force, in 1970. He guest starred in 3 episodes of The Rockford Files. He also appeared in an episode of Knight Rider titled "Slammin' Sammy's Stunt Show Spectacular" in 1982, playing the character of Sammy Phillips. He also played the part of the character "Stumbles" in the 1969 episode "The Joker is Wild, Man, Wild" on Hawaii Five-O. Also appeared in an episode of Cannon as the character Buck Hamlin in season 2 episode 6, "The Predators."

Firestone is buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.[citation needed]

Filmography

References

  1. ^ "Wheatena" (PDF). Broadcasting. October 1, 1932. p. 22. Retrieved 6 April 2015.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "The Brewsters". The Fresno Bee The Republican. August 31, 1941. p. 10. Retrieved March 28, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  3. ^ "Brewster Boy Changes to New Broadcast Time on Friday". Harrisburg Telegraph. May 30, 1942. p. 25. Retrieved March 28, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access

Demetria Fulton; previewed Firestone on Barnaby Jones in the episode titled “Trap Play”(01/07/1975).