Edgar Bergen

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Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?

Edgar John Bergen (16 February 190330 September 1978) was an American actor and radio performer, best known as a ventriloquist.


  • Charlie McCarthy: I can't take this schoolwork any more - it's driving me nuts.
    Edgar Bergen: Well Charlie, I'm sorry, but hard work never killed anyone.
    Charlie McCarthy: Still, there's no use in taking chances.
    • Quoted in Todd Harris Goldman, Teachers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes (2001) p. 136
    • At age 75, Bergen decided to retire. His final show in Las Vegas was packed, and he received six standing ovations. His closing lines that evening were, "Every vaudeville act must have an opening and a closing, so I'll pack up my jokes and my little friends . . . and say goodbye."

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