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Also Known As: Died: February 11, 1994
Born: September 27, 1920 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Louisville, Kentucky Profession: Cast ...
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Worked as a writer-announcer-director at L.A. radio station KMPC
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Served in WWII with the US Air Force as a fighter pilot; eventually attained the rank of captain
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Served as a producer-director for the Armed Forces Radio Service
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Returned to radio and became a mainstay of network radio drama
1946:
Feature acting debut, "The Killers"
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Starred as Marshall Matt Dillon for the 11-year run of the CBS radio series, "Gunsmoke" (dates approximate)
1950:
TV debut, narrated the CBS-TV version of the anthology radio series, "Escape"
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Spent 15 years under contract as a producer-director for Warner Bros.
1957:
Feature producing debut, "The Ride Back", a Western
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TV producing and directing debut, "Klondike", a period adventure series set in Alaska
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Produced some seasons of "77 Sunset Strip", a popular detective series on ABC from the late 50s through the mid-60s
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Directed 35 episodes of "General Electric True Theater/General Electric True/True", a dramatic anthology series that emphasized true suspense stories
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Narrated the "Rocky and Bullwinkle" segments of ABC's cartoon classic, "Rocky and His Friends"
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Narrated the hugely successful drama series, "The Fugitive"; first work in a Quinn Martin (QM) Production
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Narrated the "Dudley Do-Right" segments of "The Bullwinkle Show"
1964:
Feature directing debut, "The Man From Galveston", a Western
1965:
Final directing credit, "Two on a Guillotine", a Gothic melodrama (also produced)
1966:
Feature executive producing debut, "An American Dream", based on a Norman Mailer novel
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Narrated "The Invaders", a QM-produced sci-fi series
1968:
Final producing credit, executive produced "Countdown", the first studio-backed fiction film directed by Robert Altman
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TV series debut as a star, "Cannon", a QM production about a suave private investigator
1977:
Hosted and narrated "Tales of the Unexpected", a QM-produced suspense anthology
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Introduced the sci-fi series "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"
1980:
Recreated his most celebrated role for "The Return of Frank Cannon", a CBS TV-movie
1981:
Starred as Rex Stout's literary detective "Nero Wolfe" on an NBC detective series
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Provided the voice of the Lone Ranger on "The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour", an action-packed Saturday morning cartoon
1986:
Played the recurring role of Art Patterson on "Hotel"
1986:
Played the recurring role of District Attorney Brackett on "Matlock"
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Starred as J L 'Fatman' McCabe, a tough district attorney who teamed with a smooth private investigator on the CBS series "Jake and the Fatman"
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Reprised TV role on "Jake and the Fatman"
1991:
Final TV voice credit, provided the narration for "Of Moose and Men: The Rocky and Bullwinkle Story", a PBS special
1991:
Final feature credit, narrator of "Hudson Hawk"

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