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|Also Known As:||Died:||July 21, 1998|
|Born:||February 22, 1907||Cause of Death:||respiratory failure|
|Birth Place:||Chicago, Illinois, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
As a baby moved with family to Seattle
At age 10, moved with family to Los Angeles (date approximate)
Began career at Pasadena Playhouse; acted in productions there for four years
Began touring on a recurring basis with a production of the play, "The Ship"
Made film debut in "The Black Camel", produced by Fox
Signed by MGM; first film there, "The Sin of Madelon Claudet"
Played first male leads in films, "Unashamed" and "New Morals for Old"
Only feature film credits outside the US: traveled to England to play leading roles in "Secret Agent" and "It's Love Again"
Contract with MGM ended; last film there for five years, "The Canterville Ghost"; thereafter free-lanced for all of Hollywood major studios, working most often at RKO over the next decade
Began acting in "Father Knows Best" on radio
Last feature film, "Secret of the Incas"
TV series debut, "Father Knows Best", in the title role of Jim Anderson; also marked TV producing debut
Played the starring role of Cameron Garrett Brooks on the CBS comedy-drama series, "Window on Main Street"
Played the title role of Nick Holloway on the detective comedy series pilot, "Holloway's Daughters"; option for possible series not picked up
Toured major US cities in a production of the play, "Generation", in the role of Bolton
Played the title role on the ABC-TV medical drama series, "Marcus Welby M.D."
First TV-movie, the two-part "Vanished"; received an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actor
Starred in two NBC "extension sequels", 90 minutes long each: "Father Knows Best: The Father Knows Best Reunion" and "Father Knows Best: Home from Christmas"
Played grandfather James Lawrence on the short-lived NBC drama series, "Little Women"
Reprised the role of Marcus Welby in the TV-movie, "The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D."
Again reprised the role of Marcus Welby in the TV-movie, "Marcus Welby, M.D.--A Holiday Affair"
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