Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen was a radio and movie star in the U.S. in the 1940s and 50s. He was the father of Candice Bergen, a U.S. movie and TV star. Two of his ventriloquist dummies, Mortimer Snerd and Charlie McCarthy, were featured in the newspaper comic strip, 'Mortimer and Charlie'. Most probably Edgar Bergen did not draw this strip himself. In 1938, Carl Buettner took over the comic.