January 23, 1937: In Literary Digest's article, Edgar Bergen stated that he paid $10,000 (equal to $150,200 in 2010) insurance for his wooden dummy Charlie McCarthy for ensuring his dummy still in a good condition. The radio ventriloquist duo Bergen and McCarthy 's last appearance was on "The Muppet Movie." Shortly after filming that movie , Bergen died of kidney disease. The movie was then dedicated in his memory. At present, his dummy Charlie McCarthy , which was still in good condition, is on display at the Smithsonian Institution at Washington D. C.