Stephen Dunne (Stephen Dunne)

Stephen Dunne

Actor. He maintained a career on radio, films, and television from 1945 until 1973 and is remembered for his appearance in the films “Doll Face” (1945), “Colonel Effingham’s Raid” (1946), “The Woman from Tangier” (1948), and “The Big Sombrero” (1949). Born Francis Michael Dunne, he became interested in acting after graduating from high school and after a brief job for an electric company, he decided to study drama and journalism at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. During his college days he earned extra money as a deejay at a nearby radio station and he eventually landed a full-time job announcing for radio station WOR in New York City, New York. His good looks, smooth voice, and affable demeanor caught the attention of Hollywood and he was signed by 20th Century Fox Studios in 1945. In 1947 he was picked up by Columbia Studios and appeared mostly in leading roles for “B” movies. From 1950 to 1951 he was the voice of private eye ‘Sam Spade’ on “The Adventures of Sam Spade.” Throughout the 1950s he worked for television station KTSL in Los Angeles, California. In the 1960 to 1961 television season, he and Mark Roberts played private detective brothers in the syndicated television crime drama series “The Brothers Brannagan.” His other television credits include “Professional Father,” “The Millionaire,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Petticoat Junction,” “Batman,” “Dragnet,” “Nanny and the Professor,” and “The Brady Bunch.” He also hosted or guest-hosted daytime television game shows, including “Truth or Consequences,” “You’re on Your Own,” and “Double Exposure.” His other film credits include “Shock” (1946), “The Son of Rusty” (1947), “Rusty Saves a Life” (1949), “Kazan” (1949), “Law of the Barbary Coast” (1949). “The Underworld Story” (1950), “The WAC from Walla Walla” (1952), “Above and Beyond” (1952), “Ten Thousand Bedrooms” (1957), “I Married a Woman” (1958), “The Explosive Generation” (1961), and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971). His final film appearance was in “Superdad” (1973). He died at the age of 59. (bio by: William Bjornstad)  Family links:  Spouse:  Vivian M. Dunne (1918 – 2007)  Children:  Stephen J. Dunne (1942 – 2009)* *Calculated relationship

Born

  • January, 13, 1918
  • USA

Died

  • September, 09, 1977
  • USA

Other

  • Cremated

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