Edward Carlingford Waller
June 14, 1889
|Died||August 20, 1977 (aged 88)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)|
Edward C. Waller (June 14, 1889 – August 20, 1977) was an American stage, film and television actor.
Born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, he was a son of the Rev. Thomas M. Waller, a Presbyterian minister, and Anna Taylor Waller, his wife; his parents were originally from England. Eddy Waller's involvement with dramatics began when he was a student at the University of Wisconsin.
Waller performed in vaudeville and the legitimate theater before he entered films in Hollywood. His professional stage debut came in Chicago, Illinois. An item published in The Indianapolis News May 3, 1923, reported, "He has had several years' experience as leading man and also as director, and produces the Grand Players' plays as well as taking the leading roles." Waller became noted for his character impersonations of elderly men on stage and screen.
Waller appeared in more than 250 sound films between 1929 and 1963 (Thomas M. Feramisco, in his book, The Mummy Unwrapped: Scenes Left on Universal's Cutting Room, has Waller "making the move to celluloid in 1936."), including 116 westerns and six serials. In 1955 Waller appeared as "Old Larky" (under the name credit Eddy C. Waller) in the film Foxfire starring Jane Russell and Jeff Chandler. He is best remembered as Nugget Clark, the sidekick in many films starring Allan 'Rocky' Lane between 1947 and 1953.
In 1955, Waller became Rusty Lee, the saddle partner to actor Douglas Kennedy in the short-lived television series, Steve Donovan, Western Marshal. After that, he appeared in several A-westerns and television programs and was a semi-regular as Mose Shell, the dedicated stagecoach driver, in nineteen episodes of the NBC western series, Laramie, with John Smith and Robert Fuller.
Waller had a supporting role in the 1957-1958 syndicated series, Casey Jones starring Alan Hale, Jr.. Waller played "Red Rock", the train conductor of Casey's Cannonball Express.: 166  He also played John Finney in the 1960-1961 miniseries Daniel Boone, which ran as part of Walt Disney Presents.: 233
Waller died of a stroke in Los Angeles, California, at the age of eighty-eight. His wife of forty-nine years of marriage, Doris M. Waller (1902-1977), had died in January of 1977.