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I was a song and dance man of early '50s MGM musicals after an early career as a nightclub magician and Broadway performer. I subsequently appeared in a number of non-musical films, then went back to the stage and began writing mystery novels, returning to the screen only occasionally.

 

Edited by: finance on Mar 28, 2011 4:08 PM

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Prominent in stage and radio. Started his film career in 1949. TV later in his career.

Known as a talented leading man; strong, leading man, not necessarily a tough guy. Also helped struggling actors in achieving their big break.

Worked with Joan Crawford, Audie Murphy, Victor Mature, Susan Hayward.

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Thanks.

 

"I was born in Ohio in 1909 and was a steelworker before I made it on the stage in New York. I made my way into movies and didn't mind what they gave me to do, as long as the role had meat to it. I never bit the hand that fed me. I've been in film noir, action, historical, adventures, westerns, you name it. I was prolific in television and radio, also. I was in two movie versions of the same story, in 1949 and 1974, based on an American novel, and I played a President at least once. Unfortunately, I was blacklisted and Robert Taylor even singled me out. I was out of work for ten years, but bounced back. I've been nominated for a Tony, too. I've worked with Ronald Reagan, Gary Cooper, Alan Ladd, and Ray Milland."

 

"Do you know me?"

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I had great success as an ensemble member of one of America's classic sitcoms in the 1960's.

 

And I did lots of TV in the '50's and 60's.

 

But I actually started in movies--I appeared in a Gregory Peck movie, a movie starring Jack Lemon and supported Dick Powell in his last film role.

 

You may not remember my name, but everybody knows my face.

 

Do you know me?

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Think that guy was in the police drama "The Naked City".

 

The actor I described mainly did comedy--has a very familiar face. And most Americans know all about the classic TV sitcom that he was a regular in--it was an ensemble cast. Also, The show's 2 stars both had movie careers.

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