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36 minutes ago, Jeffry Oliver said:

That's a good answer

Actually, I'm sure Raymond Burr is who Princess was asking about, although his career on tv spanned 43 years not 5 decades according to IMDB

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4 hours ago, Jeffry Oliver said:

Raymond Burr Perry Mason Rear Window

Jeffrey, It's great to have you playing the games!

Yes, Raymond Burr/ Perry Mason was a prolific and fine character actor in The Golden Age movies before he ever came to TV.

Jeffrey, You have the next question and I'll be looking forward to seeing it.

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On 10/13/2019 at 2:28 PM, Jeffry Oliver said:

Raymond Burr Perry Mason Rear Window

Jeffrey, Princess said your guess was correct. It's your turn to post a question

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Okay, here we go:

Once I was on the top of the world

Then I made a mistake, I turned down a role

Then it was downhill, downhill, downhill all the way

Until I was at the bottom of that same world

After I died I sort of won an Oscar...

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On 10/13/2019 at 7:03 PM, Princess of Tap said:

Jeffrey, It's great to have you playing the games!

Yes, Raymond Burr/ Perry Mason was a prolific and fine character actor in The Golden Age movies before he ever came to TV.

Jeffrey, You have the next question and I'll be looking forward to seeing it.

Thank you for your kind encouragement, Princess of Tap.

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13 hours ago, Jeffry Oliver said:

Okay, here we go:

Once I was on the top of the world

Then I made a mistake, I turned down a role

Then it was downhill, downhill, downhill all the way

Until I was at the bottom of that same world

After I died I sort of won an Oscar...

hint #1:  Drugs

hint #2: Octopus grappling

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1 hour ago, Jeffry Oliver said:

hint #1:  Drugs

hint #2: Octopus grappling

Last hint:  The role I turned down, years later I vas forced to play it.  It vas the disaster I knew it vould be.

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You certainly have a unique way of giving clues, Jeffry.  The answer here is Bela Lugosi.  He was played by Martin Landau in the movie "Ed Wood".  Landau won a supporting actor Oscar for his performance.  Oh, the role he initially turned down was probably the Frankenstein monster, a role he later played in "Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man".  

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3 hours ago, MilesArcher said:

You certainly have a unique way of giving clues, Jeffry.  The answer here is Bela Lugosi.  He was played by Martin Landau in the movie "Ed Wood".  Landau won a supporting actor Oscar for his performance.  Oh, the role he initially turned down was probably the Frankenstein monster, a role he later played in "Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man".  

Very good, MilesArcher.  Poor Bela.  Oh, and he grappled with an octopus at the end of Bride of the Monster.  

Your turn...

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On 10/16/2019 at 8:36 AM, MilesArcher said:

You certainly have a unique way of giving clues, Jeffry.  The answer here is Bela Lugosi.  He was played by Martin Landau in the movie "Ed Wood".  Landau won a supporting actor Oscar for his performance.  Oh, the role he initially turned down was probably the Frankenstein monster, a role he later played in "Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man".  

Miles, this one is yours

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Do you know me?  I was brought up in Pennsylvania.  As a young man I played a little pro football in Philadelphia, the city where I started as a radio announcer.  I got some bit parts in a couple of movies playing announcers, and then it was on to Broadway.  I was a large husky man who was cast in character parts.   Soon I was acting in movies.  Although I had played football and I played a former football player in a movie, two of my best known movies had baseball themes.  In one I was a player and in the other I was  baseball manager.  I played cops and gangsters equally well.  I played a business executive in a well received film, and a few years later I was offered the role of another business man in what would become an award winning movie, but unfortunately I died before production began.  Do you know me?  

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55 minutes ago, MilesArcher said:

Do you know me?  I was brought up in Pennsylvania.  As a young man I played a little pro football in Philadelphia, the city where I started as a radio announcer.  I got some bit parts in a couple of movies playing announcers, and then it was on to Broadway.  I was a large husky man who was cast in character parts.   Soon I was acting in movies.  Although I had played football and I played a former football player in a movie, two of my best known movies had baseball themes.  In one I was a player and in the other I was  baseball manager.  I played cops and gangsters equally well.  I played a business executive in a well received film, and a few years later I was offered the role of another business man in what would become an award winning movie, but unfortunately I died before production began.  Do you know me?  

Paul Douglas

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You are correct, Princess.  The football movie is "The Guy Who Came Back".  The two baseball movies are "It Happens Every Spring" and "Angels In The Outfield".  He was a business executive in "Executive Suite", and he was offered the part of Mr. Sheldrake in "The Apartment".  When Paul Douglas died suddenly from a heart attack, the part went to Fred MacMurray.

Princess, the thread is yours.

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This actress played opposite the top movie stars in the 40s.

But she didn't become a top star herself until appearing on Broadway decades later.

When you are identifying her also list some of her movies and Broadway shows.

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On 10/28/2019 at 10:35 AM, Princess of Tap said:

This actress played opposite the top movie stars in the 40s.

But she didn't become a top star herself until appearing on Broadway decades later.

When you are identifying her also list some of her movies and Broadway shows.

Hint#1) She worked opposite top male movie stars like Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart.

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On 10/28/2019 at 11:35 AM, Princess of Tap said:

This actress played opposite the top movie stars in the 40s.

But she didn't become a top star herself until appearing on Broadway decades later.

When you are identifying her also list some of her movies and Broadway shows.

Alexis Smith  married to Craig Stevens - movie with Bogart- Conflict, with Errol Flynn Gentleman Jim, with Clark Gable - Any Number Can Play, with Cary Grant- Night and Day. The Women and Follies are some of the Broadway shows

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50 minutes ago, lavenderblue19 said:

Alexis Smith  married to Craig Stevens - movie with Bogart- Conflict, with Errol Flynn Gentleman Jim, with Clark Gable - Any Number Can Play, with Cary Grant- Night and Day. The Women and Follies are some of the Broadway shows

She was such a dignified and beautiful woman.

But boy, her husband with something else!

Lav, I've been working on the second page but there's still a lot of work to be done.LOL

And I know you can do it! 

I'm looking forward to a whole bunch of your questions now.

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I'll give it a try . . .

I didn't start appearing in films until 1955 when I was already 41 going on 42.  I was very well educated.  Except I was a teacher, not an actor.  I taught in NYC public schools.  But then the acting bug BIT!  Between 1955 and '75 I was consistently busy in movies, television and the stage with my mid-Atlantic accent and portly, bald frame.  I played comedy, drama and a few Westerns.  I starred in my own show in the 1964-65 Tv season.  I appeared in commercials, too.  (One of them is even on YouTube from 1969).  Some of the movies I appeared in are quite well known and so are many of the actors and actresses I appeared with.  While I never starred in a movie, I was a busy supporting player until I had a heart attack at my home in West Fulton, Schoharie County, NY. 

I had a wife and 10 children, too, one of whom also became an actor that has appeared in movies and esp. on television in the recent past. 

Who am I?     

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I believe you would be John McGiver, who was a character actor in many movies and TV shows.  He starred in a TV series called "Many Happy Returns", where he played the head of the complaint department for a large store.  

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Indeed I am JOHN McGIVER (1913-1975)   

I reckon it's your turn now.  Cheers.  :)

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Thanks, Mr. Gorman.   Now, do you know me?  I was a triple threat entertainer,  I could act, sing, and play several musical instruments.  However, I lacked leading man looks.  I was working on a national radio show called "The Old Barn Dance" in Chicago in the early 1930's.   It featured country and western music.  I worked with a young fellow from Texas who played guitar and sang .  He became the top star on the show and was called to Hollywood to audition for the movies.  I went along as part of his back-up band and ended up in movies with him.  In time I became his regular sidekick in many films.  When he west into the service for World War II, I became a sidekick to several other western stars,  After the war, he came back and finished out his contract with the studio, but I had since left and was now with another studio playing sidekick to Charles Starrett in the "Durango Kid" series.  Finally, in the early 1950's, I was reunited with my old pal.  We were paired in a series of about a half dozen movies.  We ended our movie careers as we had begun, together.  Years later, I became a regular cast member on a popular TV sitcom with a rural theme.  Now, do you know me?

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I swear Miles, you're King of the Cowboy questions--

But if it wasn't for Eva Gabor and her cute little Yorkie, I wouldn't know this answer.

I'm going to guess it's Pat Buttram-- Mr Haney-- because I know he had some long career westerns, but I've only seen him on "Green Acres".

And like everyone on "Green Acres",  he was very good.

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