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|Also Known As:||Died:||December 24, 1984|
|Born:||September 7, 1923||Cause of Death:||cardiac arrest|
|Birth Place:||London, England, GB||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Moved with parents to Deauville at age one to avoid scandal of their divorces
Family returned to London because of worldwide Depression
Film debut in "Poor Old Bill" (as a result of mother's political association with Sir Thomas Paulson who owned major interest in Elstree Studios)
Returned to France where he appeared in several films
Moved to Hollywood
Had travelled three times around the world by age 15
US film debut (bit part), "Lord Jeff" at age 14
Worked as gas station attendant, then parked cars and became manager of the parking lot in West Palm Beach, FL
Returned to Hollywood; disqualified from military service because of teenage injury to right arm; worked as usher in a Westwood, CA movie theater
Played a pilot in "Mrs. Miniver"
First major role in "A Yank at Eton"
Appeared briefly in 22 films from 1942-43
Signed to MGM contract (for one year with second year option at $100 per week with 40 weeks guaranteed)
First learned of scandal concerning his parents' divorce scandal and his own paternity
MGM contract not renewed
Starred in and produced first TV series, "Dear Phoebe"
Reportedly introduced John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe to each other
Bought Louis B. Mayer's former Santa Monica beach front estate for $95,000
Starred in TV series, "The Thin Man"
Joined Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack"
Became an American citizen in order to vote in 1960 election for brother-in-law John F. Kennedy
Formed Chrislaw production company with Milton Ebbins which produced "The Patty Duke Show" and the film, "Johnny Cool" (both 1963) (date approximate)
Appeared in a continuing role on "The Doris Day Show"
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