Dan Duryea spent several years as an ad exec before he gave up the life of a nine-to-five job and pursued acting. The theater was his real love, and he began to earn favorable notices. He had a strong role in the original production of ‘Dead End,’ then made a name for himself in ‘The Little Foxes.’ Producer Samuel Goldwyn was impressed and hired him for the feature film version.
During his time with Goldwyn, Dan appeared opposite Gary Cooper in THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES. He soon became known for his idiosyncratic turns in support of bigger stars. He and Cooper reunited for the western ALONG CAME JONES; and Dan also collaborated twice with Joan Bennett in the Fritz Lang crime dramas WOMAN IN THE WINDOW and SCARLET STREET.
SCARLET STREET was made at Universal; and soon Dan signed on exclusively with the studio to make a series of thrillers and crime dramas. Usually Dan was cast in villainous parts; and he did quite well at that. Sometimes his shadier characters were the main focus, and he snagged a lead role.
In addition to crime pictures, he found a niche playing rogues in westerns at Universal. He worked with James Stewart and Audie Murphy several times– in one film, NIGHT PASSAGE, they all appeared together. Dan also made forays into television– he starred in two seasons of his own adventure program. Later Dan went overseas and appeared in some European productions. But he would mostly be remembered for his strong film performances at Universal.
- scarlet street (1945); universal; crime; joan bennett; 102 mins.
- black angel (1946); universal; crime; june vincent; 81 mins.
- black bart (1948); universal; western; yvonne de carlo; 80 mins.
- larceny (1948); universal; crime; john payne; 89 mins.
- johnny stool pigeon (1949); universal; crime; howard duff; 76 mins.
- winchester ’73 (1950); universal; western; james stewart; 92 mins.
- ride clear of diablo (1954); universal; western; audie murphy; 80 mins.
- foxfire (1955); universal; drama; jane russell; 92 mins.
- night passage (1957); universal; western; james stewart; 90 mins.
- kathy o’ (1958); universal; comedy; patty mccormack; 99 mins.
Dan Duryea and Lizabeth Scott were terrific together in "Too Late For Tears".