Carroll's achievements in the entertainment field spanned every
area of show business - the Broadway stage, motion pictures,
television, movies of the week, a weekly series and especially his
acclaimed one-man show Jack Benny - Laughter In Bloom. His original
Jack Benny production opened in Los Angeles to unanimous praise from
audiences and critics alike. He continued to perform
the show in theaters across North America, as well as engagements in
Las Vegas, Reno and Atlantic City. His performance earned
front-cover stories in major newspapers including the Los Angeles
Times and the Daily News and the entertainment industry has lauded
his show with numerous
honors, including the coveted Golden Mike Award for Entertainment
Excellence and the Preservation of Broadcast History.
On television, he had been singled out for in-depth profiles on CNN,
TURNER BROADCASTING and HEADLINE NEWS, as well as the featured story
on ABC-TV's ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE. Eddie's television career began
with the MGM series THE LIEUTENANT, followed by a recurring role on
the GOMER PYLE show. A long list of television credits followed
including such classic shows as MARY TYLER MOORE, ALL IN THE FAMILY,
ONE DAY AT A TIME, FANTASY ISLAND, LIFE WITH LUCY, LOVE AMERICAN
STYLE, plus recurring roles on the popular MAUDE and ALICE series.
Eddie also appeared with such luminaries as BOB HOPE, BING
CROSBY, MILTON BERLE and ironically JACK BENNY on their television
specials. Numerous appearances on the famed HOLLYWOOD PALACE show
with DON KNOTTS led to co-starring with Don on a weekly NBC series.
His latest TV credits included guest starring roles on FRASIER
On stage, he played leading roles in musicals, drama and comedy
in more than two dozen theater
productions from Los Angeles to New York, where he appeared in
"Legends On Broadway". He also had the unique experience of breaking
new ground in the theater, by playing two roles simultaneously. He
portrayed Jack Benny playing the fastidious Felix Unger in a new
adaptation of Neil Simon's, "The Odd Couple". Critics said,
"Juggling two roles at once is a precarious undertaking for any
actor, but Carroll plays it just right... a superior performance
marked by nuance and sharp timing."
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Eddie got his start in Canadian
theater and working as a writer in radio and television. An NBC
scholarship for a new talent brought him to Los Angeles and he was
soon drafted into the army where he wrote and produced shows for
Armed Forces Radio and Television. Pursuing his acting career after
the service, Eddie expanded his other talents with a comedy Album,
writing songs that led to a recording contract and writing songs for
other artists, including a hit single ("How is Julie") for THE
LETTERMEN singing group.
During this time, Eddie and actor Jamie Farr formed Carroll-Farr
Productions and were soon involved in creating and developing
projects and pilots for ABC, CBS, SCREEN GEMS/COLUMBIA and
HANNA-BARBERRA. In addition, they created a television series "MAN
TO MAN" and wrote and co-produced a full season of episodes for
the years, Eddie also appeared in over two hundred commercials
and used his voice-over talents in more than a hundred animation,
radio and television spots. An additional pursuit that gave him
great personal satisfaction was working on projects for the
Walt Disney Company, as the voice of Jiminy Cricket, a privilege he
continued to enjoy since 1973.
An honorary member of the famed Friars Club, Eddie also served on
the board of directors of the prestigious Pacific Pioneer
Broadcasters, a membership of more than seven hundred professionals
who have worked in radio and television for more than twenty years.
Each year, they hold five special events to honor the achievements
of prominent actors, entertainers, directors, producers and writers
who have distinguished themselves in the Broadcast media. Eddie was a
recipient of the Diamond Circle Award For Many Distinguished Years
In Radio And Television by the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters. The
organization also has the distinction of building a library that has
compiled the largest collection of radio and television memorabilia
Eddie and his wife Carolyn enjoyed an adventure that lasted 47
To Family, Friends and Fans... thank you for the many years of
memories and adventures that Jiminy and Jack brought into our lives.
You are all so special and our blessings to all of you for taking
this ride with us.
- Carolyn Carroll