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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 ...
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1924:
Moved with parents to Deauville at age one to avoid scandal of their divorces
1930:
Family returned to London because of worldwide Depression
1931:
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)
1932:
Returned to France where he appeared in several films
1937:
Moved to Hollywood
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Had travelled three times around the world by age 15
1938:
US film debut (bit part), "Lord Jeff" at age 14
1939:
Worked as gas station attendant, then parked cars and became manager of the parking lot in West Palm Beach, FL
1942:
Returned to Hollywood; disqualified from military service because of teenage injury to right arm; worked as usher in a Westwood, CA movie theater
1942:
Played a pilot in "Mrs. Miniver"
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Appeared briefly in 22 films from 1942-43
1943:
Signed to MGM contract (for one year with second year option at $100 per week with 40 weeks guaranteed)
1951:
First learned of scandal concerning his parents' divorce scandal and his own paternity
1952:
MGM contract not renewed
1954:
Starred in and produced first TV series, "Dear Phoebe"
1954:
Reportedly introduced John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe to each other
1956:
Bought Louis B. Mayer's former Santa Monica beach front estate for $95,000
1957:
Starred in TV series, "The Thin Man"
1960:
Joined Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack"
1960:
Became an American citizen in order to vote in 1960 election for brother-in-law John F. Kennedy
1960:
Formed Chrislaw production company with Milton Ebbins which produced "The Patty Duke Show" and the film, "Johnny Cool" (both 1963) (date approximate)

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