HomeVideo Artist Biography: Jed Prouty
( April 6th, 1879 - May 10th, 1956)
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American actor Jed Prouty got his first taste of show business as a teenaged performer at Austin Stone's Museum (a sort of flea circus-variety show concern) in his native Boston.
Working for years as a vaudeville song and dance man, Prouty
made it to Broadway in 1921, appearing occasionally in silent films.
The actor was prominently cast as a stuttering actor's agent Uncle Jed in his
first talking picture, the Oscar-winning Broadway Melody (1929), though he
found it expedient to drop the stammer for his
Most often in bits and character roles in A-pictures -- as, for example, the unctuous columnist in A Star is Born (1937) -- Prouty
was firmly in the lead in the Jones Family series of B-comedies filmed by 20th Century-Fox.
played the Jones paterfamilias, with Spring Byington as his
wife, in nearly all seventeen pictures in the Jones series.