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Also Known As: Died: September 18, 1968
Born: February 27, 1905 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Niagara Falls, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Returned to US and joined McGarry Players stock company in Buffalo NY
1928:
Joined the New Playwrights Company in Greenwich Village, with whom he made NY stage debut in "The Belt"
1929:
Became a member of the Theatre Guild, appearing in "Red Dust", "Meteor", "Hotel Universe" (1930) and "Green Grow the Lilacs" (1931)
1931:
Founding member of the Group Theatre
1932:
Film debut, "The Wiser Sex" (filmed at Paramount's Astoria Studio in NY while he was appearing on stage in the evenings)
1932:
Signed a five-year contract with MGM
1939:
Returned to stage in Group Theatre's production, "The Gentle People"
1951:
Assaulted by actor Tom Neal over disagreement regarding actor Barbara Payton
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Staged (and acted in) acclaimed revival of Anton Chekhov's classic play, "Uncle Vanya", in the mid-1950s
1967:
With Jean Dalrymple, purchased Theatre Four in NY to use for experimental play productions; appeared there as narrator in "Beyond Desire"
1968:
Appeared in last film, "The High Commissioner"

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