Ernest Truex was an American actor of stage and film.
He started acting at age five and was toured through Missouri at age nine as “The Child Wonder in Scenes from Shakespeare”. His Broadway debut came in 1908 and he performed in several David Belasco plays and portrayed the titled role in the 1915 musical Very Good Eddie.
He made his film debut in 1913, but did not work in film full time for another twenty years. He tended to play “milquetoast” characters and in The Warrior’s Husband he played a “nance”. In the 1939 The Adventures of Marco Polo, he played Marco Polo’s comical assistant, opposite Gary Cooper.
In later life, he became known for playing elderly men on television in works such as Mr. Peepers, and had the main role in the Kick the Can episode of Rod Serling’s original The Twilight Zone. In another Twilight Zone episode, What You Need, he played a traveling peddler who just happened to have what people needed to buy.