Regis Toomey


Actor
Regis Toomey

About

Birth Place
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Born
August 13, 1898
Died
October 12, 1991

Biography

Veteran character actor in over 200 films. During his decades-long career, Toomey played mainly men-of-action character roles, second-rank good guys or cops variously in the gangster movie "G-Men" (1935), the war drama "Dive Bomber" (1941) and the Western "They Died With Their Boots On" (1942). During the 1950s and 60s, Toomey appeared as a regular on the TV series "Dante's Inferno," "He...

Family & Companions

J Kathryn Scott
Wife
Married in 1925.

Notes

"Toomey died so frequently in movies that he once joked that he should be voted 'the mortician's man of the year' and began refusing roles in which he would be killed off." --From People magazine, October 28, 1991.

Served as president to the Motion Picture Permanent Charities Committee.

Biography

Veteran character actor in over 200 films. During his decades-long career, Toomey played mainly men-of-action character roles, second-rank good guys or cops variously in the gangster movie "G-Men" (1935), the war drama "Dive Bomber" (1941) and the Western "They Died With Their Boots On" (1942). During the 1950s and 60s, Toomey appeared as a regular on the TV series "Dante's Inferno," "Hey Mulligan," "Richard Diamond," "Burke's Law" (as Gene Barry's sidekick) and "Petticoat Junction."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Evil Town (1987)
C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979)
Chief Patterson
God Bless Dr. Shagetz (1977)
The Phantom of Hollywood (1974)
Joe--The Watchman
The Carey Treatment (1972)
Sanderson
Cover Me Babe (1970)
Michael
Change of Habit (1969)
Father Gibbons
Gunn (1967)
"The Bishop"
The Night of the Grizzly (1966)
Cotton Benson
Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)
Bagley
King of the Roaring 20's--The Story of Arnold Rothstein (1961)
Bill Baird
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
Dr. Jamieson
The Last Sunset (1961)
Milton Wing
Guns of the Timberland (1960)
Sheriff Taylor
Warlock (1959)
Skinner
The Hangman (1959)
Orderly
Sing, Boy, Sing (1958)
Rev. Easton
Joy Ride (1958)
Miles
Curfew Breakers (1957)
Coach Bettger
Dakota Incident (1956)
Minstrel
Three for Jamie Dawn (1956)
Murph
Great Day in the Morning (1956)
Father Murphy
Guys and Dolls (1955)
Arvid Abernathy
Top Gun (1955)
[Jim] O'Hara
Drums Across the River (1954)
Sheriff Jim Beal
The Human Jungle (1954)
Detective Bob Geddes
The High and the Mighty (1954)
Jim Garfield
Take the High Ground! (1953)
Chaplain
Main Street to Broadway (1953)
Desk sergeant
The Nebraskan (1953)
Col. Markham
Never Wave at a WAC (1953)
Gen. Ned Prager
It Happens Every Thursday (1953)
Mayor Hull
Island in the Sky (1953)
Sgt. Harper
Son of Belle Starr (1953)
Tom Wren
My Pal Gus (1952)
Farley Norris
The Battle at Apache Pass (1952)
Dr. Carter
My Six Convicts (1952)
Dr. Gordon
Just for You (1952)
Hodges
The People Against O'Hara (1951)
Fred Colton
The Tall Target (1951)
Tim Reilly
Cry Danger (1951)
[Lt. Gus] Cobb
Frenchie (1951)
Carter
Show Boat (1951)
Sheriff Ike Vallon
Navy Bound (1951)
Capt. Danning
Undercover Girl (1950)
"Butt" [Hank] Miller
Dynamite Pass (1950)
Dan Madden
Again Pioneers (1950)
Dave Harley
Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone (1950)
Reporter
Mighty Joe Young (1949)
Mr. Young
Come to the Stable (1949)
Monsignor Talbot
Beyond the Forest (1949)
Sorren
The Devil's Henchman (1949)
Tip Banning
Devil's Henchmen (1949)
Station West (1948)
[James] Goddard
The Bishop's Wife (1948)
Mr. Miller
Raw Deal (1948)
Fields
The Boy with Green Hair (1948)
Mr. Davis
I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes (1948)
Inspector Clint Judd
Reaching from Heaven (1948)
Pastor
Magic Town (1947)
Editor Weaver
The Big Fix (1947)
Lieutenant Brenner
The Guilty (1947)
Heller
High Tide (1947)
Inspector O'Haffey
The 13th Hour (1947)
Don Parker
The Big Sleep (1946)
Bernie Ohls
Child of Divorce (1946)
Ray [Carter]
Mysterious Intruder (1946)
James Summers
Her Sister's Secret (1946)
Bill Gordon
Sister Kenny (1946)
Reporter
Spellbound (1945)
Sgt. Gillespie
Follow That Woman (1945)
Barney Manners
Strange Illusion (1945)
Dr. Vincent
Betrayal from the East (1945)
Jimmy Scott
Song of the Open Road (1944)
Connors
Phantom Lady (1944)
Detective
Follow the Boys (1944)
Dr. [Jim] Henderson
Murder in the Blue Room (1944)
Inspector McDonald
When the Lights Go on Again (1944)
Bill Regan
Dark Mountain (1944)
Steve Downey
The Doughgirls (1944)
Timothy Walsh
Raiders of Ghost City (1944)
Jack London (1943)
Scratch Nelson
Destroyer (1943)
Lt. Comm. Clark
Adventures of the Flying Cadets (1943)
They Died with Their Boots On (1942)
Fitzhugh Lee
The Forest Rangers (1942)
Frank Hatfield
Bullet Scars (1942)
Dr. Steven Bishop
I Was Framed (1942)
Bob Leeds
Tennessee Johnson (1942)
[Blackstone] McDaniel
Reaching for the Sun (1941)
Interne
Meet John Doe (1941)
Bert [Hansen]
Dive Bomber (1941)
Tim Griffin
The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance (1941)
Wallace
The Nurse's Secret (1941)
Inspector Tom Patten
Law of the Tropics (1941)
Tom Marshall
A Shot in the Dark (1941)
Bill Ryder
You're in the Army Now (1941)
Captain [Joe] Radcliffe
New York Town (1941)
Jim Martin
The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
1st policeman
His Girl Friday (1940)
Sanders
Arizona (1940)
Grant Oury
Northwest Passage (Book I--Rogers' Rangers) (1940)
Webster
'Til We Meet Again (1940)
Freddy
Northwest Passage (1940)
Wings of the Navy (1939)
First flight instructor
Street of Missing Men (1939)
Jim Parker
Indianapolis Speedway (1939)
Dick Wilbur
Thunder Afloat (1939)
Ives
Trapped in the Sky (1939)
Lieutenant Gray
The Mysterious Miss X (1939)
Jack Webster
Society Smugglers (1939)
John Beebe
Hidden Power (1939)
Jim Mayton
Pirates of the Skies (1939)
Bill Lambert
Union Pacific (1939)
Paddy O'Rourke
The Phantom Creeps (1939)
Passport Husband (1938)
G-man
His Exciting Night (1938)
Bill Stewart
Hunted Men (1938)
Donovan
Smashing the Spy Ring (1938)
Ted Hall
The Invisible Menace (1938)
Lieutenant Matthews
Illegal Traffic (1938)
Windy
Island in the Sky (1938)
Reporter
Back in Circulation (1937)
Buck
Midnight Taxi (1937)
Hilton
Submarine D-1 (1937)
Tom Callam
Shadows of the Orient (1937)
Baxter, also known as Keeler and "Tricky" Thomas
From Now On (1937)
Big City (1937)
Fred Hawkins
The Lady Escapes (1937)
American reporter
Bulldog Edition (1936)
Jim Hardy
Shadow of Doubt (1935)
Reed Ryan
One Frightened Night (1935)
Uncle Tom Dean Whyte
Manhattan Moon (1935)
Eddie
Skull and Crown (1935)
Bob Franklin [also known as Rocky Morgan]
'G' Men (1935)
Eddie Buchanan
Reckless Roads (1935)
Speed Demming
Bars of Hate (1935)
Ted Clark
Great God Gold (1935)
Phil "Stu" Stuart
Murder on the Blackboard (1934)
[Smiley] North
Red Morning (1934)
John Hastings
Redhead (1934)
Scoop
She Had to Choose (1934)
Jack Berry
Laughing at Life (1933)
Pat Collins
Picture Brides (1933)
Dave Hart
Big Time or Bust (1933)
Jimmy Kane
What's Your Racket (1933)
Bert Miller
Soldiers of the Storm (1933)
Brad Allerton, also known as Bud Langton
State Trooper (1933)
Michael Rolph
She Had to Say Yes (1933)
Tommy [Nelson]
Strange Adventure (1932)
Detective Sergeant Mitchell
Shopworn (1932)
Dave [Livingston]
They Never Come Back (1932)
Jimmy Nolan
The Penal Code (1932)
Robert Palmer
Under Eighteen (1932)
Jimmie
Finn and Hattie (1931)
Henry Collins
Kick In (1931)
Chick Hewes
Graft (1931)
Dusty Hotchkiss
The Finger Points (1931)
Charles "Breezy" Russell
Other Men's Women (1931)
Jack
Touchdown! (1931)
Tom Hussey
Scandal Sheet (1931)
Regan
24 Hours (1931)
Tony "Sicily" Bruzzi
Murder by the Clock (1931)
Officer Cassidy
Framed (1930)
Jimmy McArthur [Carter]
Crazy That Way (1930)
Robert Metcalf
A Man From Wyoming (1930)
Jersey
Good Intentions (1930)
Richard Holt
Shadow of the Law (1930)
Tom
The Light of Western Stars (1930)
Bob Drexell
Street of Chance (1930)
"Babe" Marsden
The Wheel of Life (1929)
Lieutenant MacLaren
Alibi (1929)
Danny McGann
Rich People (1929)
Jeff MacLean
Illusion (1929)
Eric Schmittlap

Cast (Special)

The Third Commandment (1959)
Reverend Aldis
Maggie Malone (1959)
Detective Andy Cullen (Guest)
Backbone of America (1953)
Bill Carmody

Cast (Short)

March On, Marines (1940)
How to Break 90 #5 Impact (1933)
Himself

Life Events

1929

Film debut, "Alibi"

1951

TV debut on "T.K.O" episode of "Bigelow-Sanford Theatre"

Photo Collections

Shopworn - Publicity Stills
Here are a few publicity stills from Columbia Pictures' Shopworn (1932), starring Barbara Stanwyck.

Videos

Movie Clip

Come To The Stable (1949) - Sisters From France Jumped by director Henry Koster from the idyllic village where they first arrived, the sisters (Loretta Young and Celeste Holm as Margaret and Scolastica), seeking land for their school, appear in the offices of a New England bishop (Basil Ruysdael), received by his aide (Regis Toomey), in Come To The Stable, 1949.
Cry Danger (1951) - All The Big Shots From opening credits revealing nothing but trains, star Dick Powell emerges, we soon learn, from a stretch in prison, greeted by cop Gus (Regis Toomey) and alibi DeLong (Richard Erdman), in Cry Danger, 1951, directed by Robert Parrish, also starring Rhonda Fleming.
Phantom Lady (1944) - Too Spoiled And Too Beautiful We learn here that Alan Curtis is professional engineer Henderson, returning home after a date with a mystery woman, with whom he shared a Broadway ticket after his wife stood him up, greeted by cops Regis Toomey, Joseph Crehan, and Thomas Gomez as Burgess, early in Robert Siodmak’s Phantom Lady, 1944.
'G' Men (1935) - Honest Lawyer Stuff After a prologue and credits, the opening is pure joy for James Cagney fans, as "Brick" Davis he addresses the camera, then is visited by a local gangster (Edwin Maxwell) then an old pal (Regis Toomey), in Warner Bros.' 'G' Men, 1935.
Other Men's Women (1931) - Did You Say Kluck? Colorful bachelor railroad employee Bill (Grant Withers) and less lively, married Jack (Regis Toomey) have just gotten under-way when their colleague Ed (James Cagney) appears on top of their train, and director William A. Wellman executes a stunt, early in Other Men’s Women, 1931.
Other Men's Women (1931) - Make The First One Cold Boozy railroad man Bill (Grant Withers), kicked out of his own apartment, comes home with buddy Jack (Regis Toomey) and comes mostly to his senses, upon meeting wife Lily (Mary Astor) and family friend Peg Leg (J. Farrell MacDonald), in William A. Wellman’s Other Men’s Women, 1931.
Other Men's Women (1931) - Only One Of Us Is Happy Boarder Bill (Grant Withers) and Lily (Mary Astor), wife of his co-worker, housemate and best friend Jack (Regis Toomey), who’s stepped out for ice cream, have just this minute confessed their love to each other, torment rising in director William A. Wellman’s racy Other Men’s Women, 1931.
Shopworn (1932) - Study Of The Human Body After routine jousting with the coarser college crowd led by Toby (Robert Alden) waitress Kitty (Barbara Stanwyck) has an adversarial but promising tiff with studious David (Regis Toomey), in Shopworn, 1932.
Shopworn (1932) - I'm Not Cheap, I'm Not Common! Society doyenne Mrs. Livingston (Clara Blandick) and friend Judge Forbes (Oscar Apfel) drop in on working-class Kitty (Barbara Stanwyck) where her college-man son David Livingston (Regis Toomey) delivers shocking news, in Shopworn, 1932.
Mighty Joe Young (1949) -- Dangerous Gorilla After a lengthy cross species meet-cute between young Jill (Lora Lee Michel) and her new pet, she's arranged to surprise her African farmer father (Regis Toomey), early in the Merian C. Cooper production Mighty Joe Young, 1949.
Top Gun (1955) - Draw Poker With Guns Unjustly known about his hometown of Casper, Wyoming as a killer, Rick Martin (Sterling Hayden), returned to look into the death of his mother, deals with upstart Lem (Rod Taylor) and top citizens before visiting his one remaining friend, innkeeper O’Hara (Regis Toomey) in Top Gun, 1955.
Last Sunset, The (1961) - Cowboys Aren't Very Bright We know little about the Kirk Douglas character here, except that Rock Hudson's after him, as he introduces himself to Dorothy Malone (Mrs. Breckenridge), daughter Melissa (Carol Lynley) and hired man Wing (Regis Toomey), at a ranch in Mexico, in Robert Aldrich's The Last Sunset, 1961.

Trailer

Big Sleep, The - (Original Trailer) Private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) investigates a society girl's involvement in the murder of a pornographer in The Big Sleep.
Wings Of The Navy - (Original Trailer) Pilot brothers (George Brent, John Payne) vie for the same woman (Olivia de Havilland) in Wings Of The Navy (1939).
Under Eighteen - (Original Trailer) Is there no end to Warren William's perfidy? Now he's a theatrical producer after a girl who's Under Eighteen (1932).
Nebraskan, The - (Black-and-white Trailer) A frontier scout tries to make peace between settlers and the Sioux in The Nebraskan (1953).
I Was Framed - (Original Trailer) I Was Framed (1942) says a reporter whose political investigations land him in prison in this loose remake of Dust Be My Destiny (1939).
Guys And Dolls - (Original Trailer) Ed Sullivan hosts the trailer for the movie version of the Broadway musical Guys And Dolls (1955) starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.
Finger Points, The - (Original Trailer) A naive reporter (Richard Barthelmess) takes payoffs for keeping a prominent gangster out of the papers in The Finger Points (1931) co-starring Fay Wray.
Other Men's Women (1931) - (Original Trailer) A railroad engineer (Grant Withers) falls for a co-worker's wife (Mary Astor) in Other Men's Women (1931).
Destroyer - (Re-issueTrailer) The crew of a torpedoed ship fights to take out an enemy sub in Destroyer (1943) starring Edward G. Robinson and Glenn Ford.
His Girl Friday -- (Original Trailer) Cary Grant does everything to keep his ex-wife and star reporter Rosalind Russell from re-marriage in Howard Hawks' classic comedy His Girl Friday (1940).
Bullet Scars - (Original Trailer) Hoods kidnap an honest doctor (Regis Toomey) to patch up one of their own in Bullet Scars (1942).
Bishop's Wife, The - (Original Trailer) Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven, stars of the romantic fantasy The Bishop's Wife (1947), introduce the...we'll let them explain.

Family

Francis X Toomey
Father
Marie Ellen Toomey
Mother
Othelia Toomey
Sister
Sarah Toomey
Sister
Ord Toomey
Brother

Companions

J Kathryn Scott
Wife
Married in 1925.

Bibliography

Notes

"Toomey died so frequently in movies that he once joked that he should be voted 'the mortician's man of the year' and began refusing roles in which he would be killed off." --From People magazine, October 28, 1991.

Served as president to the Motion Picture Permanent Charities Committee.

Toomey was a member of the governing body of the Los Angeles Community Chest.