March 14, 2013

Pope Francis looks like...



... Ed Wynn!



A lovable face, I think. Something very sweet about it. Ed Wynn's real name was Isaiah Edwin Leopold. He made the middle name — we're told — into his whole name "to save his family the embarrassment of having a lowly comedian as a relative." You may remember him from the "Twilight Zone" episode "Ninety Years Without Slumbering" — about an old man who believed he would die if his clock stopped. Can you remember whether the clock stops and, if so, whether the man dies?

46 comments:

Andrew said...

Personally, I'm leaning in favor of the "Pop Pop/Pope Pope" doppelganger theory.
http://imgur.com/4rhg7GY

Bob Ellison said...

Francis looks a little like a thin Ed Asner.

m stone said...

Cue the stream of Catholic jokes...

traditionalguy said...

Francis seems to connect well with people. That is a talent that his critics cannot hide. It will do the Church good for their shepherd get good will from the sheep.

Strelnikov said...

Why do all the popes look Jewish?

Strelnikov said...

Maybe they really are the descendants of Peter.

MadisonMan said...

According to this, yes and No.

phx said...

He had a dramatic role in The Diary of Anne Frank.

phx said...

Ed Wynn. Not Francis.

Emil Blatz said...

Since Ed Wynn and Bernie Madoff were dead-ringers, what are we saying here?

Mitchell the Bat said...

In the commuter train of my mind, Ed Wynn always sits next to Jack Gilford.

I don't know why.

Rumpletweezer said...

What about "One for the Angels," in which Ed Wynn played a pitchman who made a deal with death?

William Chadwick said...

In that photo, I can see the resemblance. The first time I saw the new pope on tv, however, I thought he resembled the architect Philip Johnson.

William Chadwick said...

In that photo, I can see the resemblance. The first time I saw the new pope on tv, however, I thought he resembled the architect Philip Johnson.

MB said...

"I know a man with a wooden leg named Smith"

Paco Wové said...

"about an old man who believed he would die if his clock stopped."

Let me guess: he's already dead!

Or he's having a dream while on an airplane flight where a gremlin is ripping parts out of the engine, on his way to a doctor who will operate on him to make his beautiful face hideous to match all the hideous creatures around him, but the airplane flies into this strange white cloud and when it comes out everybody's disappeared, or it's all dinosaurs or something.

SteveR said...

"Good night Mrs Calabash, wherever you are"

John Salmon said...

Let me guess...he's already dead!


Yup...taht's how it usually worked on TTZ. The classic "they're already dead" episode was with the delectable Inger Stevens, who looked better than 99.9% of the living women you meet. Just sayin'.

Crunchy Frog said...

Looks more like Anthony Hopkins' ventriloquist dummy Fats from the movie "Magic".

But maybe that's just me.

edutcher said...

If I say it, I'll get yelled at...

tiger said...

I remember him from 'Babes in Toyland' and from an interview with his son and fellow actor Keneen Winn who said his father was a Grade 'A' POS.

Funny how it works that so many entertainers' public personna doesn't match their private lives:

Bing Crosby's kids hated him

Johnny Carson was shiatty husband (4 TIMES!) and a lousy father

Bob Hope farked any woman that gave him half a chance and was a lousy father too.

Henry Fonda was a bad dad.

And these are three that come immediately to mind. I'm positive there are many other examples.

Icepick said...

I think he looks more like Uncle Junior from The Sopranos.

Icepick said...

And the Uncle Junior thing has me thinking of the best line from the series:

"Cunnilingus and psychotherapy have brought us to this."

edutcher said...

tiger said...

Henry Fonda was a bad dad.

If you're going by Peter's impressions, Easy Rider was wrong about a lot of that, it turned out.

Kensington said...

All the liberals on Facebook tell me he looks like Evil Incarnate since he's not a gay rights activist.

EMD said...

Looks more like Anthony Hopkins' ventriloquist dummy Fats from the movie "Magic".

Fats looks like Anne Hathaway.

Geoff Matthews said...

Sam Forstmann is an old man who thinks he will die if his grandfather clock stops ticking. He spends all of his time working on the clock, upsetting his family with his obsession. He speaks with a psychiatrist and reveals his fear. The psychiatrist advises him to sell the clock, which he does, but offers to maintain it for the new owners. Two weeks after he sells the clock, the new owners go on vacation for the weekend, so Sam cannot wind the clock. The clock stops, so he is forced to confront his fear of death (and his "spirit," informing him "It's time to go"). He chooses to stop believing in the clock's "power," declaring instead that he wants to live to see his great-grandchild grow up- so he therefore continues to live (and the "spirit" vanishes). As he tells his expectant granddaughter, "When that clock died, I was born again."

Geoff Matthews said...

Uh, spoiler.

EMD said...

Jonathan Pryce with glasses!

PianoLessons said...

When I am down and out, sometimes I You Tube Ed Wynn in "Mary Poppins" singing : I Love to Laugh".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC5r-MxvsoY

Sigh. Somehow this makes me feel good about the new Pope :-)

Thanks for making the connection.

Fandor said...

Pope Francis is a dead ringer of S the late Sir Alec Guinness...pull up a picture of him a George Smiley or some of his later roles or publicity pics. Same look and smile...

wyo sis said...

Something about his face reminds me of my dad. Wise, yet slightly goofy. I'll bet he has a sense of humor.

Lucien said...

SUre, it all seems like fun now, but wait until Francis I starts in with the beatification of Diego Maradonna.

Baron Zemo said...

I don't know who he looks like but I like what he said about the conclave: "It ain't over till it's over, amigo."

MaggotAtBroad&Wall said...

I knew yesterday when I saw him he looked like someone, but I couldn't figure out who. Then when I saw the picture with this post it came to me. It's Yogi Berra:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1421045

MaggotAtBroad&Wall said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
SOJO said...

Aw. He looks nice. I like him.

Mr. D said...

I think he looks a little like Phil Silvers.

DADvocate said...

According to this song:

But it stopp'd short — never to go again —
When the old man died.


Not the other way around.

(I've seen the episode more than once but don't remember the ending. I've more important things to remember, like the words retromingent and harridan.

heyboom said...

@Geoff Matthews

Is there a statute of limitations on spoiler alerts?

Icepick said...

Is there a statute of limitations on spoiler alerts?

Bruce Willis's character is really dead.

Faye Dunaway is Belinda Palmer's sister AND her mother.

The killer is Anthony Perkins in drag, and his mom is a desiccated corpse.

The bird's a fake, and Bogie is going to turn Mary Astor over to the police.

Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable do NOT live happily ever after.

And the butler did it.

heyboom said...

Thanks, Icepick. You just ruined almost 75 years of movie watching for me!

ken in sc said...

Most people don't know who Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Henry Fonda are. Get on the geezer bus.

EMD said...

Most people don't know who Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Henry Fonda are. Get on the geezer bus.

Road to Vatican City!

Michael K said...

THis is why I like Francis I more the more I learn about him.

From George Weigel:

The progressives then tried to advance Cardinal Bergoglio — who was very much part of the pro-Ratzinger coalition; who embodied “dynamic orthodoxy,” just like John Paul II and Joseph Ratzinger; who had been persecuted by his more theologically and politically left-leaning Jesuit brethren after his term as Jesuit provincial in Argentina (they exiled him to northern Argentina, where he taught high-school chemistry until rescued by John Paul II and eventually made archbishop of Buenos Aires); and who was doubtless appalled by the whole exercise on his putative behalf.

SteveBrooklineMA said...

True fans remember Ed Wynn from two Twilight Zone episodes, and they remember the endings to both.

On a related note, Twilight Zone's "lost episode" is playing on Netflix.

http://www.actionfigureuniverse.com/twilightzones05e151.html