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Also Known As: Ivan Lawrence Blieden, Larry Blake Died: June 6, 1975
Born: June 23, 1925 Cause of Death: injuries sustained in an automobile accident
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA Profession: actor, TV host, singer, photographer, director

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Larry Blyden was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. He appeared at the Alley Theater in "The Sound of Hunting." In 1966, he had the male lead in the Broadway musical "The Apple Tree." In 1962, he had the title role of Sammy Glick in a TV production of "What Makes Sammy Run" (NBC). In 1966, he hosted the NBC game show "Personality." In 1962, he made his stage directing debut with "Harold," a play starring Anthony Perkins. In 1967, he appeared in the Broadway comedy "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running." In 1972, he won the Tony Award for Supporting Performance as the slave Hysterium in the revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," starring Phil Silvers. In 1964, he appeared alongside Bert Lahr in the musical "Foxy." In 1958, he co-starred in "Flower Drum Song" on Broadway. In 1969, he directed and starred in the short-lived play "The Mother Lover," which opened and closed on the same night. In 1974, he performed in "The Frogs," a musical by Stephen Sondheim and Burt Shevelove, produced at Yale. He raised in Houston, Texas. In 1955, he starred as a cab driver in the CBS sitcom "Joe and Mabel." Blyden's earliest roles were in film, including "Kiss Them For...

Larry Blyden was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. He appeared at the Alley Theater in "The Sound of Hunting." In 1966, he had the male lead in the Broadway musical "The Apple Tree." In 1962, he had the title role of Sammy Glick in a TV production of "What Makes Sammy Run" (NBC). In 1966, he hosted the NBC game show "Personality." In 1962, he made his stage directing debut with "Harold," a play starring Anthony Perkins. In 1967, he appeared in the Broadway comedy "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running." In 1972, he won the Tony Award for Supporting Performance as the slave Hysterium in the revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," starring Phil Silvers. In 1964, he appeared alongside Bert Lahr in the musical "Foxy." In 1958, he co-starred in "Flower Drum Song" on Broadway. In 1969, he directed and starred in the short-lived play "The Mother Lover," which opened and closed on the same night. In 1974, he performed in "The Frogs," a musical by Stephen Sondheim and Burt Shevelove, produced at Yale. He raised in Houston, Texas. In 1955, he starred as a cab driver in the CBS sitcom "Joe and Mabel." Blyden's earliest roles were in film, including "Kiss Them For Me" (1957) with Cary Grant and the drama "The Bachelor Party" (1957) with Don Murray. He also appeared in the TV special "Call to Danger" (CBS, 1961-62). He next focused his entertainment career on film, appearing in the musical "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" (1970) with Barbra Streisand. He also worked in television during these years, including a part on "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-1964). Blyden was most recently credited in "What Makes Sammy Run?" (2009). Blyden was married to Carol Haney and had two children. Blyden passed away in June 1975 at the age of 50.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) Warren Pratt
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 Kiss Them for Me (1957) Mississip Hardy
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 The Bachelor Party (1957) Ken
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 Call to Danger (1961) Johnny Henderson
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 Harvey (1958) Dr Sanderson
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Raised in Houston, Texas
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At age 14, decided to be an actor
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Appeared at the Alley Theater in "The Sound of Hunting"
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Served in the US Marines during WWII
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While in college began working as a radio broadcaster hosting the hour-long show "International Hour"
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Attended drama school in London
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Settled in NYC to pursue his career
1949:
Hired to appear on Broadway in "Mr. Roberts"
1952:
First Broadway musical, "Wish You Were Here"
1955:
Starred as a cab driver in the CBS sitcom "Joe and Mabel"
1957:
Film acting debut, "Kiss Them for Me"
1957:
Appeared in the film "The Bachelor Party"
1958:
Co-starred in "Flower Drum Song" on Broadway
1962:
Had the title role of Sammy Glick in a TV production of "What Makes Sammy Run" (NBC)
1962:
Made his stage directing debut with "Harold," a play starring Anthony Perkins
1964:
Appeared alongside Bert Lahr in the musical "Foxy"
1966:
Replaced Eli Wallach in the play "Luv"
1966:
Had the male lead in the Broadway musical "The Apple Tree"
1966:
Hosted the NBC game show "Personality"
1967:
Appeared in the Broadway comedy "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running"
1969:
Directed and starred in the short-lived play "The Mother Lover," which opened and closed on the same night
1970:
Made a one-shot return to features, co-starring in the musical "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever"
1972:
Won the Tony Award for Supporting Performance as the slave Hysterium in the revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," starring Phil Silvers
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Hosted the syndicated game show "What's My Line?"
1974:
Performed in "The Frogs," a musical by Stephen Sondheim and Burt Shevelove, produced at Yale
1974:
Final Broadway appearance in the play "Absurd Person Singular"; was the official photographer for the production
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -
University of Houston: Houston , Texas - 1948
University of Houston: Houston , Texas - 1948

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wife:
Carol Haney. Dancer, choreographer. Won Tony Award for appearances in "Pajama Game" married on April 17, 1955 in Las Vegas, Nevada; divorced in 1962; died in 1964 of complications from diabetes.

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son:
Joshua Blyden. Actor. Born on October 17, 1957; died on August 28, 2000.
daughter:
Ellen Blieden. Born February 1961.

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