- Eddie Woods (1905–1989) - nm0940588
- Edward Woods (1903–1989) - nm0940589
I believe that these two people are one and the same - same obit and place of death, same place of birth, same day and month of birth, but different year.
It is also interesting that their ID numbers differ by 1.
I would like to merge them, and think the best method would be to merge Eddie into Edward.
What do others think?
Are they same person?
Is the merge I propose the better option?
Below are a # of images that will give some info.
One thing to note that I can say with 100% certainty is that Edward Wood was not born in CA. Whoever posted it messed up thinking that where his SS card was issued was his place of birth which is very common for people born up until the mid 1980s when IRS made millions of kids disappear. His place of birth was NYNY (and wikipedia has it wrong) and he was in CA when his SS# was issued (1st #s were issued about 1936). If you look at the images, it will show there was another edward woods born on the same date in NY but died in 1973. I don't believe it's eddie, but it indicates how easy it would be for confusion.
I did a search for eddie woods b1905 d1989 and got almost 500k hits on a genealogy site. I can narrow it by a specific dob or dod so far too many too go thru, but I think it's quite possible that either 1) it's the same person or 2) different people and people posted info on eddie's page that was really edwards. Wikipedia is all messed up. With wikipedia being messed up and unfortunately none of the sources available. For example the Michigan birthplace is out of nowhere.
I never realized how popular that name was. Also, his father's name by the info I found was also Edward but they weren't sr/jr. So it wouldn't surprise me that he or his father might go by Eddie as a way to distinguish. It'd take a bit of digging to find out about the father and nothing stuck out. Only one place has Edward with Eddie and that's the grave reference, but I would think it would show some place else as well and I don't see it.
What's also interesting is how the credits break between the two names. Edward was supposed to have done a lot of theater work as well. All the credits for eddie but 1 are during WW2 while edward has none during that period.
Also here is a link with pics of his grave and some info.
from daughter according to info
I'm not sure how I missed Edward having two credits with "as Eddie" but I was able to verify both.
I also have a place that shows one of Eddie's credits with him listed as Edward although I can't verify it.
With the latest info, I think it's highly likely that they are the same person now, but I just find it odd that one of Eddie's credits I found credit as Edward (love to know what the credits show), and that the other 3 credits are for "uncredited". How did someone know to add Eddie to the credits of those 3 films but not know he was Edward?????? That is the only piece that makes me wonder.
One way to know for sure would be if could watch one of the 4 titles on eddie and see edward. I think only one title is available, or at least to me, but it's hours long with a vague credit.
It took some searching to find a free search for the ssa death index, but did searches. What's interesting is that there is an eddie woods born in 1905 and died in 1989 that isn't edward and the person did live in CA based on some other searches I did. Short of viewing those 4 credits and looking for a face, I don't think there's anyway to know for certain they are the same person.
To me, I think this is one of those things where unless it's conclusive they shouldn't be combined because then you're cutting someone's accomplishments. It's obvious Edward went by Eddie, but that doesn't mean there wasn't another person named Eddie. I just find it so odd that eddie would have 4 lone credits with the years the way they are and uncredited.
It makes me want to ask, who knew about those uncredited items but didn't know about edward. I know nothing of the acting profession, but if edward's last credit was 1938, do those 3 hopscotch credits in the 40s make sense particularly when he was said to have been helping/working with Ronald Reagan??
I've now been able to narrow edward a woods born in CA after a lot of interesting searches. Apparently his brother, William Woods, was also involved in film and theater. At ASU there is a collection about them (be great if anyone was near enough to look at it). ASU actually gives the year of birth as 1905 but with nothing to support it.
Unfortunately I've not been able to narrow down anything past 1920 in records although there is still a record for the NY edward woods with the same dob.
I really think that there is a possibility that these are two different people but people submitted bad info. I've looked at far too much info to be able to concisely say why, but if the measure is 100% that are the same person as the basis for combining, I think that bar is not met.
I don't know if I'll be able to recognize him or not, but I found one of the titles for eddie online that's an uncredited role. I've watched 1 part of 15 but not seen him yet. It's The Secret Code. Maybe someone else can try it as well. This has been truly a lot of fun and interesting to me.