Ed left his hometown two years after graduating from Plainwell High School (Plainwell, Michigan) at the age of 20 with $41 in his pocket and hitched a ride California to pursue his dream of being not a “star”, but a steady working Hollywood “actor”. His very first experience in the “biz” was auditioning for and subsequently winning the lead role of Howard The Duck. Initially he was told “you are too tall” (he keeps that letter readily available in his living-room and often refers to it with a humble smile).
Early in his career, Ed had performed many of his own stunts such as being run over by a big rig, flying on wires, fight scenes, being tossed, thrown & dropped great distances, and crashing through the windshield of a moving vehicle. However, his most impressive stunts just might be his Full Body Burns in the first Child’s Play movie and his Full Body Burn while “flying” on wires in Leprechaun 3.
Ed Gale has appeared in over 130 Television Shows, Films, and Commercials to date; playing some of Hollywood’s most famous (and infamous) characters such as “Howard” in the movie Howard The Duck; “Chucky” in Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, and the Bride of Chucky; “Birdie the Early Bird” in one of the very few McDonland’s commercials in which “Birdie” actually flew; “Tasha” (the baby dinosaur in the ABC Saturday morning kids show The New Land of the Lost; and the “The Mole” in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.
Other popular films to Ed Gale’s credit include; Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Mom & Dad Save the World, and the Christmas Holiday Hit: the Polar Express.
Out of Costume, Ed has played some rather notable “human” roles as well; “Hank Tarver” (The District), “Oscar” (3rd Rock from the Sun), “Stan” (Santa, Jr.), “Benson” (Call Me Claus), “Mr. Larry Briggs” (The Hughley’s), “Jimmy” (Just Shoot Me), and “Baby Jesus” (Grounded for Life).
Ed is probably most recognized for his roles as “Lavalle” (Bones), “Little Prisoner” (My Name is Earl), “Simon McKay” (Baywatch) and as the “Little Man” (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)
Ed has starred, co-starred, & guest starred along side of some of the biggest names in Hollywood, the likes of which include: Lea Thompson, Kym Whitley, John Candy, Mel Brooks, Keanu Reeves, Catherine Hicks, Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Matthew McConaughey, Ray Liotta, Charlton Heston, Billy Bob Thornton, Jeffrey Jones, Teri Garr, Hal Sparks, Holly Robinson-Peete, Caroline Rhea, Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Bobby Lee and many, many more!
Ed Gale is no stranger to Television Commercials either, pitching such products as: Burger King, Toys R US, Cingular Wireless, Best Buy, Progressive Insurance, Nike, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter (with Fabio), Kinko’s, Twisted Metal 4, Taco Bell, Polaroid Cameras, Snapple, McDonald’s, Holiday Inn, Nissan Cars (Japan), California Eggs, & Sony Video. (just to name a few!)
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