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Also Known As: Carver Daniel Andrews Died: December 17, 1992
Born: January 1, 1909 Cause of Death: pneumonia
Birth Place: Collins, Mississippi, USA Profession: actor, bookkeeper, gas station attendant

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Solid (sometimes to the point of being wooden), average-Joe leading man of the 1940s who specialized in earnest, embittered and/or disillusioned characters. Having worked as an accountant and a singer, Andrews entered films in the early 40s as a supporting player in Westerns. After portraying the victim of a lynch mob in "The Ox-Bow Incident" (1943), his career took off and he starred in a succession of strong vehicles, often as flawed heroes.Most memorable in urban settings, Andrews successfully teamed up with director Otto Preminger and co-star Gene Tierney for "Laura" (1944) and "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (1950); he was equally superb as the re-adjusting bombardier in "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) and as the unflinchingly honest prosecuting attorney in Elia Kazan's "Boomerang!" (1947). With his big-screen career on the wane, Andrews starred in prestige TV showcases in the 50s and headlined a daytime soap opera, "Bright Promise", in the late 60s. Andrews' second wife, Mary Todd, was an actress and his brother, Steve Forrest, an actor.

Solid (sometimes to the point of being wooden), average-Joe leading man of the 1940s who specialized in earnest, embittered and/or disillusioned characters. Having worked as an accountant and a singer, Andrews entered films in the early 40s as a supporting player in Westerns. After portraying the victim of a lynch mob in "The Ox-Bow Incident" (1943), his career took off and he starred in a succession of strong vehicles, often as flawed heroes.

Most memorable in urban settings, Andrews successfully teamed up with director Otto Preminger and co-star Gene Tierney for "Laura" (1944) and "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (1950); he was equally superb as the re-adjusting bombardier in "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) and as the unflinchingly honest prosecuting attorney in Elia Kazan's "Boomerang!" (1947). With his big-screen career on the wane, Andrews starred in prestige TV showcases in the 50s and headlined a daytime soap opera, "Bright Promise", in the late 60s. Andrews' second wife, Mary Todd, was an actress and his brother, Steve Forrest, an actor.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Prince Jack (1984) Cardinal
2.
 Pilot, The (1979)
3.
 Good Guys Wear Black (1978) Edgar Harolds--Government Man
4.
 Born Again (1978) Tom Phillips
5.
 Last Hurrah, The (1978) Roger Shanley
6.
 Last Tycoon, The (1976) Red Ridingwood
7.
 First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant, The (1975) Dr Hutchins
8.
 Airport '75 (1975) Small Plane Pilot Freeman
9.
 Shadow in the Streets, A (1975) Len Raeburn
10.
 Take a Hard Ride (1975) Morgan
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Milestones close milestones

1930:
Worked as accountant with Gulf Refining Company and as chief accountant with Tobins Inc.
:
Sang professionally
:
Acted with Pasadena Playhouse
1940:
Film debut, "The Westerner"
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Education

Teacher's College, Sam Houston State University: Huntsville , Texas -
Pasadena Playhouse: Pasadena , California -

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wife:
Janet Murray. Married from 1932 until her death in 1935.
wife:
Mary Todd. Actor. Married from 1939 until his death in 1992.

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father:
Charles Forrest Andrews. Baptist minister.
mother:
Anice Andrews.
brother:
Steve Forrest. Actor. Perhaps best remembered as the star of the 1970s action series, "S.W.A.T.".
son:
David Murray Andrews. Born on November 30, 1933; died at age 30 on February 15, 1964; mother, Janet Murray.
daughter:
Katharine Andrews. Born on July 10, 1942; mother, Mary Todd.
son:
Stephen Todd Andrews. Born on December 15, 1944; mother, Mary Todd.
daughter:
Susan Diana Andrews. Born on January 29, 1948; mother, Mary Todd.
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