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Chester Lauck

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Chester "Chet" Lauck February 9, 1902 – February 21, 1980 was a comic actor who played the character of Lum Edwards on the classic American radio comedy Lum and Abner


  • 1 Early life and career
  • 2 Selected filmography
  • 3 Honors
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life and careeredit

Chester Lauck was raised in Mena, Arkansas and graduated from Mena High School in 1920 In Mena, Chet met his future comedy partner Norris Goff Though both began as blackface comics, they soon found success on local station KTHS with a recurring hillbilly skit, leading to a network series, recorded in Chicago, Illinois, in 19311

In addition to starring as storekeeper Lum full name Columbus Edwards, with surname usually pronounced "Eddards", Lauck also played several other recurring characters, including Cedric Weehunt, Grandpappy Spears, and Snake Hogan He reprised his radio role, opposite Goff, in seven motion pictures between 1940 and 1956 Lauck adopted grey hair and a moustache on-camera, to better match the picture most audiences would have of his radio charactercitation needed

In his later years, Lauck recorded new introductions for commercial cassette releases of the series and for syndication For a brief time during the 1950s he bought and upgraded a ranch fifteen miles west of Las Vegas, later bought by Howard Hughes It was turned into Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

On August 27, 1957, he appeared as a guest challenger on To Tell the Truth

He died on February 21, 1980, aged 78, and was buried in Hot Springs, Arkansas Chester Lauck is a member of the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame2

Selected filmographyedit

  • Dreaming Out Loud 1940
  • The Bashful Bachelor 1942
  • Two Weeks to Live 1943
  • So This Is Washington 1943
  • Goin' to Town 1944
  • Partners in Time 1946
  • Lum and Abner Abroad 1956


Lauck was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in the radio division3


  1. ^ "Chet Lauck 1902–1980" The Encyclopedia of Arkansas Culture & History Retrieved December 27, 2012 
  2. ^ Chester Lauck biodata, Wikinfo Archived May 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "NAB Hall of Fame" National Association of Broadcasters Archived from the original on November 9, 2008 Retrieved 2008-05-03 

External linksedit

  • Chester Lauck on Internet Movie Database

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