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Also Known As: Thomas Tryon Died: September 4, 1991
Born: January 14, 1926 Cause of Death: stomach cancer
Birth Place: Hartford, Connecticut, USA Profession: actor, producer, novelist, screenwriter, TV production assistant, set designer

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Tall, ruggedly handsome leading man of the 1950s and 60s who after a 16-year career gave up acting in 1971 to write the best-selling novels "Crowned Heads" and "Harvest Home". After beginning in a stock theatre company as a set painter and assistant manager, and later becoming a production assistant with NBC-TV, the Yale-educated Tryon entered film in 1955 with "Scarlet Hour". He appeared in mostly forgettable fare including "I Married a Monster from Outer Space" (1958) (as a stone-faced alien), and as the title character in the 1958 Walt Disney TV series "Texas John Slaughter". The height of his acting career was the starring role in Otto Preminger's "The Cardinal" (1963). In 1971, Tryon wrote the highly popular, supernatural thriller "The Other", which he adapted to the screen the following year, and then switched full time to his eventually more successful writing career. His novel "Harvest Home" was made into a 1978 TV movie "The Dark Secret of Harvest Home", and his "Crowned Heads" was adapted in part for the 1978 Billy Wilder film, "Fedora".

Tall, ruggedly handsome leading man of the 1950s and 60s who after a 16-year career gave up acting in 1971 to write the best-selling novels "Crowned Heads" and "Harvest Home". After beginning in a stock theatre company as a set painter and assistant manager, and later becoming a production assistant with NBC-TV, the Yale-educated Tryon entered film in 1955 with "Scarlet Hour". He appeared in mostly forgettable fare including "I Married a Monster from Outer Space" (1958) (as a stone-faced alien), and as the title character in the 1958 Walt Disney TV series "Texas John Slaughter". The height of his acting career was the starring role in Otto Preminger's "The Cardinal" (1963). In 1971, Tryon wrote the highly popular, supernatural thriller "The Other", which he adapted to the screen the following year, and then switched full time to his eventually more successful writing career. His novel "Harvest Home" was made into a 1978 TV movie "The Dark Secret of Harvest Home", and his "Crowned Heads" was adapted in part for the 1978 Billy Wilder film, "Fedora".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Color Me Dead (1969) Frank Bigelow
2.
 The Narco Men (1969) Harry Bell
3.
 In Harm's Way (1965) Lieut. William "Mac" McConnel
4.
 The Glory Guys (1965) Demas Harrod
5.
 The Cardinal (1963) Stephen Fermoyle
6.
 Moon Pilot (1962) Capt. Richmond Talbot
7.
 The Longest Day (1962) Lieutenant Wilson
8.
 Marines, Let's Go! (1961) Skip Roth
9.
 The Story of Ruth (1960) Mahlon
10.
 I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958) Bill Farrell
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Milestones close milestones

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Grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut
1943:
Enlisted in the US Navy at age 17 and spent three years as a radio specialist in the South Pacific during WWII
:
Joined Cape Playhouse stock company in Dennis, Massachusetts as set designer, assistant stage manager and later actor
1952:
Broadway debut as understudy in the musical, "Wish You Were Here"
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Worked as TV production assistant at CBS before switching to acting
1955:
Moved to California
1955:
TV acting debut, "The Way of the World"
1955:
Film debut, "Scarlet Hour"
1958:
Appeared in title role of Walt Disney TV series, "Texas John Slaughter"
1962:
Cast opposite Marilyn Monroe in the never-completed film, "Something's Got to Give"
1971:
Acted in final film, "The Nacro Men"
1971:
First novel published, "The Other"
1972:
Wrote first screenplay, adapting the "The Other"
1972:
Began writing full time
1978:
Novel, "Crowned Heads" adapted in part as Billy Wilder film, "Fedora"
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Education

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -
Art Students League of New York: New York , New York -
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1949

Notes

"When I began writing all that I had going for me was that I could type 80 words per minute, I could spell and I liked words. But in doing it, I found that the real reward was the writing itself, working at it day by day and finally accomplishing something--that was it. To have a book published is one of the most exciting things that can happen to you. Infinitely more rewarding than acting." --Thomas Tryon, quoted in his obituary in The New York Times, September 5, 1991.

Among his ancestors was William Tryon, a Tory who was Governor of New York before and during the American Revolution.

Awarded the Prix Femina de Belgique (1964)

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wife:
Ann Noyes. Married in June 1955; divorced in 1958.

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father:
Arthur Lane Tryon. Haberdasher.
mother:
Elizabeth Tryon.
brother:
A Lane Tryon.
brother:
William Tryon.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Other" Alfred A. Knopf
"Harvest Home" Alfred A. Knopf
"Lady" Alfred A. Knopf
"Crowned Heads" Alfred A. Knopf
"All That Glitters" Alfred A. Knopf
"The Night of the Moonbow"
"The Wings of the Morning"
"By the Rivers of Babylon"
"The Adventures of Opal and Cupid"
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