DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Edgar Bergen (aged 75)
Actor and ventriloquist
Edgar John Bergen (born Edgar John Berggren, February 16, 1903 – September 30, 1978) was an American actor, comedian and radio performer, best known for his proficiency in ventriloquism and his characters Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. He was also the father of actress Candice Bergen.
DEATH: In mid-September 1978, he announced that he was retiring, after more than 50 years in show business, and sending his monocled, top-hatted partner, Charlie McCarthy, to the National Museum of American History, at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He opened at Caesar’s Palace Hotel Las Vegas on September 27, for a two-week “Farewell to Show Business” engagement. Three days later, on September 30, 1978, he died of kidney disease.