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Chester Lauck
Born February 9, 1902(1902-02-09)
Aleene, Arkansas
Died February 21, 1980 (aged 78)
Seal Beach, California

Chester "Chet" Lauck, (9 February 1902 - 21 February 1980), played the character of Lum Edwards on the classic American radio comedy Lum and Abner.

Chester Lauck was born in Aleene, Arkansas. Lauck's family moved to Mena, Arkansas where he 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 1931.

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. Lauck 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 character.

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. He died on 21 February 1980 and is buried in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Chester Lauck is a member of the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame.

Adapted from the article Chester Lauck, from Wikinfo,, licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.


Lauck was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in the radio division.[1]


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