He born of Irish parents in Brooklyn, New York, in 1902. He was the elder brother of actor William Gargan whose July 17 birthday he shared.
Edward Gargan started as a musical comedy actor on Broadway. He sang in "Good News," "Rose-Marie," and other hit musicals of the 1920's, and also in opera. One of his early shows was "Polly of Hollywood" in 1927. He portrayed Patrolman Mulligan, one of the principals of "Strictly Dishonorable," in 1930.
He went to Hollywood in 1932 and the next year he was in the cast of the film "David Harum." For the next 19 years he appeared in a variety of movies. Gargan was one of the most prolific bit players in the history of the movies, who specialized in dumb policemen and dense sidekicks. The Internet Movie Database lists 293 feature films to his credit over a three-decade span between 1921 and 1952, and television work from 1951 to 1953.
He died in New York City in 1964.