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Stuart (Stu) Erwin (February 14, 1903 — December 21, 1967) was an American actor of stage, film, and television. Erwin began acting in college in the 1920s, having first appeared on stage. He broke into films in 1928 in Mother Knows Best. In 1934, he was cast as Joe Palooka in the film Palooka. In 1936, he was cast in Pigskin Parade, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 1940, he played Howie Newsome, the dairy delivery vendor, in the film adaptation Our Town, based on the Thornton Wilder play. In Walt Disney's Bambi, Erwin performed the voice of a tree squirrel. In 1950, Erwin made the transition to television, in which he starred in Trouble with Father, which was retitled The Stu Erwin Show, with his co-star and real-life wife, actress June Collyer. He guest starred on the religion anthology series Crossroads. He guest starred on the short-lived CBS sitcom Angel, starring Annie Fargé, and on ABC's The Donna Reed Show, Our Man Higgins, with Stanley Holloway, and The Greatest Show on Earth, with Jack Palance. Later, Erwin appeared in the Disney films Son of Flubber and The Misadventures of Merlin Jones.
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