Dana Andrews


Actor
Dana Andrews

About

Also Known As
Carver Daniel Andrews
Birth Place
Collins, Mississippi, USA
Born
January 01, 1909
Died
December 17, 1992
Cause of Death
Pneumonia

Biography

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...

Photos & Videos

Laura - Lobby Card Set
Sword in the Desert - Movie Poster
The North Star - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

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

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Prince Jack (1984)
Cardinal
The Pilot (1979)
Born Again (1978)
Good Guys Wear Black (1978)
The Last Hurrah (1977)
Roger Shanley
The Last Tycoon (1976)
Take a Hard Ride (1975)
Airport '75 (1975)
The First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant (1975)
Dr Hutchins
A Shadow in the Streets (1975)
Innocent Bystanders (1972)
Blake
The Failing of Raymond (1971)
The Devil's Brigade (1968)
Brig. Gen. Walter Naylor
The Cobra (1967)
Chief Kelly
Hot Rods to Hell (1967)
Tom Phillips
The Frozen Dead (1967)
Dr. Norberg
Johnny Reno (1966)
Johnny Reno
Spy in Your Eye (1966)
Colonel Lancaster
In Harm's Way (1965)
Adm. "Blackjack" Broderick
Crack in the World (1965)
Dr. Stephen Sorensen
Town Tamer (1965)
Tom Rosser
Brainstorm (1965)
Cort Benson
The Satan Bug (1965)
The General
Battle of the Bulge (1965)
Colonel Pritchard
The Loved One (1965)
General Brinkman
Madison Avenue (1962)
Clint Lorimer
The Crowded Sky (1960)
Dick Barnett
The Fearmakers (1958)
Alan Eaton
Enchanted Island (1958)
Abner Bedford
Zero Hour! (1957)
Ted Stryker
Spring Reunion (1957)
Fred Davis
Curse of the Demon (1957)
John Holden
Comanche (1956)
Jim Read
While the City Sleeps (1956)
Editor Mobley
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
Tom Garrett
Smoke Signal (1955)
Brett Halliday
Strange Lady in Town (1955)
Dr. Rork O'Brien
Duel in the Jungle (1954)
Scott Walters [also known as John Palmer]
Three Hours to Kill (1954)
Jim Guthrie
Elephant Walk (1954)
Dick Carver
Sealed Cargo (1951)
Pat Bannon
The Frogmen (1951)
Chief Jake Flannigan
I Want You (1951)
Martin Greer
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
Mark Dixon
Edge of Doom (1950)
Father Roth
My Foolish Heart (1950)
Walt Dreiser
Sword in the Desert (1949)
[Capt.] Mike [Francis] Dillon
The Forbidden Street (1949)
Henry Lambert/Gilbert Lauderdale
The Iron Curtain (1948)
Igor Gouzenko
No Minor Vices (1948)
Dr. Perry Aswell
Deep Waters (1948)
Hod Stillwell
Night Song (1948)
Dan [Evans]
Daisy Kenyon (1947)
Dan O'Mara
Boomerang! (1947)
Henry L. Harvey
Canyon Passage (1946)
Logan Stewart
A Walk in the Sun (1946)
Sgt. Bill Tyne
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Fred Derry
Fallen Angel (1945)
Eric Stanton
State Fair (1945)
Pat Gilbert
Wing and a Prayer (1944)
Lt. Cmdr. Edward Moulton
Laura (1944)
Detective Mark McPherson
The Purple Heart (1944)
Capt. Harvey Ross
Up in Arms (1944)
Joe [Nelson]
The North Star (1943)
Kolya
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
Donald Martin
Crash Dive (1943)
Lt. Comm. Dewey Connors
December 7th (1943)
Ball of Fire (1942)
Joe Lilac
Berlin Correspondent (1942)
Bill Roberts
Tobacco Road (1941)
Captain Tim [Harmon]
Belle Starr (1941)
Major Thomas Crail
Swamp Water (1941)
Ben [Ragan]
The Westerner (1940)
Bart Cobble
Lucky Cisco Kid (1940)
Sergeant Dunn
Kit Carson (1940)
Captain John C. Fremont
Sailor's Lady (1940)
Scrappy Wilson

Cast (Special)

The Horror of It All (1983)
Guest

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Ike: The War Years (1979)

Life Events

1930

Worked as accountant with Gulf Refining Company and as chief accountant with Tobins Inc.

1940

Film debut, "The Westerner"

Photo Collections

Laura - Lobby Card Set
Laura - Lobby Card Set
Sword in the Desert - Movie Poster
Sword in the Desert - Movie Poster
The North Star - Movie Poster
The North Star - Movie Poster
While the City Sleeps - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for While the City Sleeps (1956). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
The Best Years of Our Lives - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release American movie posters for The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), produced by Samuel Goldwyn.
Zero Hour! - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Paramount's Zero Hour! (1957), starring Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, and Sterling Hayden. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Hot Rods to Hell - Publicity Stills
Here are several Publicity Stills from Hot Rods to Hell (1967). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Hot Rods to Hell - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Hot Rods to Hell (1967), starring Dana Andrews. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Hot Rods to Hell - Uncropped Scene Stills
Here are a few stills taken of driving scenes in MGM's Hot Rods to Hell (1967), starring Dana Andrews. Since the stills are uncropped, they reveal the type of cutaway vehicles and rear projection screens often used to film such scenes.
Fallen Angel - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release movie posters for Fox's Fallen Angel (1945), starring Dana Andrews, Alice Faye, and Linda Darnell.
Daisy Kenyon - Movie Posters
Here are a few original-release movie posters for Twentieth Century Fox's Daisy Kenyon (1947), starring Joan Crawford, Henry Fonda, and Dana Andrews.
Curse of the Demon - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Curse of the Demon (1957, aka Night of the Demon). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Kit Carson (1940) - They'd Kinda Like Them Brass Buttons Clever scene by director George Seitz, Raymond Hatton (said to have appeared in 500 movies) as host Bridger advises bathing Jon Hall (title character) and crew (Ward Bond, Harold Huber) about the offer from Fremont (Dana Andrews as the historical character) and Terry (“Lone Ranger” Clayton Moore), Lynn Bari in the neighboring tub, in producer Edward Small’s Kit Carson, 1940.
Kit Carson (1940) - Don't Hurry So Fast Producer Edward Small getting his money’s worth in Monument Valley (even if the story takes place along the distant Oregon Trail), Dana Andrews as (historical figure) Captain Fremont wants to hurry the wagon train, civilian Clayton Moore obeying until Jon Hall (title character) and his team (Ward Bond, Harold Huber) show up to take the trail guide jobs they at first refused, Lynn Bari the affronted Miss Murphy, in Kit Carson, 1940.
Where The Sidewalk Ends (1950) - Worst Food In Town Cop Dixon (Dana Andrews) with witness Morgan (Gene Tierney), getting acquainted at the restaurant run by Martha (Ruth Donnelly), then taking a call from colleagues (Bert Freed, Karl Malden), in Otto Preminger's Where The Sidewalk Ends, 1950.
Where The Sidewalk Ends (1950) - Sinking Pretty Low Bruised model Morgan (Gene Tierney) at work with a designer (Tierney's husband Oleg Cassini!), with a friend (Peggy O'Connor), then visited by cops Dixon (Dana Andrews) and Klein (Bert Freed), in Otto Preminger's Where The Sidewalk Ends, 1950.
Where The Sidewalk Ends (1950) - He's A War Hero Cop Dixon (Dana Andrews) drops in on intoxicated Paine (Craig Stevens) whom he inadvertently kills, then gets a warning from partner Klein (Bert Freed), in Otto Preminger's Where The Sidewalk Ends, 1950.
Zero Hour! (1957) - Crazy About Planes Decker (Jerry Paris!) and stewardess Janet (Peggy King) lead into Stryker (Dana Andrews) introducing Joey (Raymond Ferrell) to pilot Wilson (NFL Hall of Famer Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch) in Zero Hour!, 1957, which was famously the basis for Airplane!, 1980.
Zero Hour! (1957) - On April 10th 1945 That's William "Cannon" Conrad narrating as injured pilot Ted Stryker (Dana Andrews) foreshadows Airplane!, 1980, and converses with an RCAF doctor (Willis Bouchey) in Zero Hour!, 1957.
Zero Hour! (1957) - Put Stryker On! Sterling Hayden (as "Treleaven") and Dana Andrews (as "Ted Stryker") are giving Lloyd Bridges and Robert Hays (in Airplane, 1980) plenty to work with in the airliner-crisis thriller Zero Hour!, 1957.
Zero Hour! (1957) - That's Not Important Stupendous for fans of Airplane!, 1980, starting in the cabin with Dana Andrews and family, then in the cockpit with Captain Wilson (Elroy Hirsch), Geoffrey Toone (as Dr. Baird) in the Leslie Nielsen role, delivers the landmark line about fish to stewardess Janet (Peggy King) in Zero Hour!, 1957.
Battle Of The Bulge (1965) - Trying To Shorten The War? Introduction of more important but fictional characters, Robert Ryan as General Grey, Dana Andrews as Col. Pritchard, disagreeing over the intelligence report from Henry Fonda as Lt. Colonel Kiley, early in the Warner Bros./Cinerama productuion Battle Of The Bulge. 1965.
Laura (1944) - I'm A Natural Born Suspect Betrothed Shelby (Vincent Price), whom we've just met, and snooty columnist friend Waldo (Clifton Webb) are composed as they visit, with cop McPherson (Dana Andrews), the home of the murdered title character (Gene Tierney), with the famous theme introduced, in Otto Preminger's Laura, 1944.
Laura (1944) - She Had Something About Her Beginning his debriefing of cop McPherson (Dana Andrews) about his relations with the victim, prissy columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb) describes his first meeting with the murdered title character (Gene Tierney), her first appearance on screen, in Otto Preminger's Laura, 1944.

Trailer

Laura - (Re-issue Trailer) A police detective (Dana Andrews) falls in love with the woman (Gene Tierney) whose murder he's investigating in Laura (1944), directed by Otto Preminger.
Westerner, The (1940) -- (Original Trailer) A drifter (Gary Cooper) accused of horse stealing faces off against the notorious Judge Roy Bean (Walter Brennan).
Enchanted Island - (Original Trailer) Dana Andrews finds an Enchanted Island (1958). Unfortunately it's inhabited by cannibals! Loosely based on Herman Melville's Typee.
Devil's Brigade, The - (Original Trailer) Experienced Canadian soldiers and misfit Americans join to beat the Nazis in The Devil's Brigade (1968).
Daisy Kenyon - (Original Trailer) On the rebound from a married man, Joan Crawford marries a veteran, just as her lover becomes available in Otto Preminger's Daisy Kenyon (1947).
Boomerang! - (Textless Trailer) Prosecutor Dana Andrews fights to prove the defendant in a scandalous murder case is innocent in Elia Kazan's Boomerang! (1947).
Best Years Of Our Lives, The - (Re-issueTrailer) Seven Oscars including Best Picture went to this story of America immediately after World War II, The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946).
Assignment - Paris - (Original Trailer) Dana Andrews is a foreign correspondent searching for leads in Communist Hungary in Assignment - Paris (1952).
State Fair (1945) - (Original Trailer) Jeanne Crain and Dana Andrews star in Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical version of State Fair (1945).
Loved One, The - (Original Trailer) Robert Morse heads an all-star cast in the bizarre comedy The Loved One (1965) based on a novel by Evelyn Waugh.
Battle of the Bulge, The - (teaser trailer) The Battle of the Bulge (1965), a giant all-star movie of the tide-turning WWII battle.
Ball Of Fire - (Original Trailer) A stuffy professor (Gary Cooper) takes in a sexy showgirl (Barbara Stanwyck) to study her syntax in Howard Hawks' Ball Of Fire (1942).

Family

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

Companions

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

Bibliography