Oscar Actors: Erwin, Stuart–Pigskin Parade

Career Summary:

Oscar Nominations: 1

Supporting Actor: Pigskin Parade (1936)

Age at Nomination: 33

Age at dying: 64

Stuart Erwin was born on February 14, 1902 in Squaw Valley, California; he died on December 21, 1967.


On the stage from 1924, Erwin appeared in numerous films, often typecast as an amiable, folksy guy.

He was nominated for the Supporting Actor Oscar in 1936 for Fox’s “Pigskin Parade,” in which he played a farmer, Amos Dodd, who’s recruited to a college football team, because he can hurl melons.

Oscar Note:

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This college musical became famous due to the fact that it featured Judy Garland’s screen debut (age 13) and also contained appearances by Patsy Kelly, Betty Grable, and Jack Haley (who later co-starred with Judy in “The Wizard of Oz”).

In the 1950s, Erwin co-starred with his wife June Collyer in the TV series, “The Trouble With Father,” which later became known as “The Stu Erwin Show,” running for 5 years (1950-1955).

His two last screen appearances were in “Son of Flubber” (1963) and “The Adventures of Merlin Jones” (1964).

Oscar Context:

In 1936, the first year that Supporting Oscars were given, Erwin competed for the Supporting Actor with Walter Brennan, who won for “Come and Get It,” Mischa Auer in “My Man Godfrey,” Basil Rathbone in “Romeo and Juliet,” and Akim Tamiroff in “The General Died at Dawn.”