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Gerald Mohr (June 11, 1914 - November 9, 1968) was a radio, film and television character actor who appeared in over 500 radio plays, 73 films and over 100 television shows. The New York City-born actor was educated in Dwight Preparatory School in New York, where he learned to speak fluent French and German, and also learned to ride horses and play the piano. At Columbia University, where he was on a course to become a doctor, Mohr took ill with appendicitis and was recovering in hospital when another patient, a radio broadcaster, recognised that Mohr's pleasant deep baritone voice would be ideal for radio work. Mohr joined the radio station and became a junior reporter. In the early 1930s Orson Welles invited him to join his formative Orson Welles Mercury Theatre Company. During his time with the company, Mohr gained theatrical experience on the Broadway stage in The Petrified Forest and starred in Jean Christophe. He subsequently became a radio actor on such shows as Ann of the Airlanes. Mohr appeared in over 500 radio plays throughout the 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s. Most notably, he starred as Raymond Chandler's hardboiled detective, Philip Marlowe, 1948-1951, in 119 half-hour radio plays. He also was the star of The Adventures of Bill Lance and frequently starred in The Whistler. He began appearing in films in the late 1930s, playing his first principal villain role in the 15-part cliffhanger serial Jungle Girl (1941), then, after three years' war service in the American Air Force (1942-45), he returned to film work, starring as Michael Lanyard in three movies of "The Lone Wolf" series in 1946-47. He also appeared in Gilda (1946), Detective Story (1951), The Sniper (1952). During 1949 he was co-announcer, along with Fred Foy, and episode narrator of 12 of the shows of the first series of The Lone Ranger TV series, starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels. From the 1950s onwards, he appeared as guest star in over 100 television shows, including TV Westerns Maverick, Cheyenne, Bronco, Sugarfoot and Bonanza, as well as episodes of Perry Mason, 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, Lost in Space and many other series of the era, especially those being produced by Warner Brothers Studios and Dick Powell's Four Star Productions.  Mohr also made guest appearances in a number of light comedy shows, including The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1951), I Love Lucy (1953) and The Smothers Brothers Show (1965). He also had a recurring role in My Friend Irma (1952). During 1954-55, he starred as Christopher Storm in 39 episodes of the third series of "Foreign Intrigue - Cross Current", produced in Stockholm for American distribution. During several episodes of "Foreign Intrigue", but most noticeably in "The Confidence Game" and "The Playful Prince", he can be heard playing on the piano his own musical composition, "The Frontier Theme." Mohr guest starred seven times in the 1957-1962 television series Maverick, twice playing Western outlaw Doc Holliday, a role he reprised once more in "Doc Holliday in Durango", an episode of the TV Western series "Tombstone Territory" (1958). In one of the "Maverick" episodes he portrayed Steve Corbett, a character based on Bogart's in Casablanca. That episode, "Escape to Tampico," used the set from the original film, this time as a Mexican saloon where Bret Maverick (James Garner) arrives to hunt down Mohr's character for an earlier murder. Mohr excelled in playing the handsome, charming villain as, for example, in "Escape to Tampico" and also in the lead role of Joe Sapelli in "The Blonde Bandit" (1950). Mohr appeared in mostly B-movies throughout his career and starred in "My World Dies Screaming", aka "Terror in the Haunted House" (1958) and "A Date with Death" (1959), both of which were filmed in the experimental Psychorama format, "Guns, Girls and Gangsters" (1959) and "The Angry Red Planet" (1960). In 1964 he made a comedy Western in Stockholm and on location in Jugoslavia called "Wild West Story" in which, unusually, the good guys spoke Swedish and the bad guys (Mohr, inter alia) spoke in English. He also continued to market his powerful voice, playing Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic) in the Fantastic Four cartoon series during 1967 and Green Lantern in the 1968 animated series Aquaman. Also in 1968 he played the cameo role of Tom Branca in Funny Girl before guest starring in the TV Western series "The Big Valley". He then flew to Stockholm, Sweden, in September 1968, to star in the pilot of a proposed new TV series called "Private Entrance". Shortly after the completion of filming he died of a heart attack in Södermalm, Stockholm, at the age of 54.
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