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William Gargan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia William Gargan, born William Dennis Gargan July 17, 1905 in Brooklyn, New York, USA and died February 17, 1979 aged 73 on a flight between New York and San Diego] He was an American motion picture, television and radio actor. Gargan played character roles in many Hollywood productions, including two appearances as detective Ellery Queen, but was best known for his role as Detective Martin Kane in the 1949-51 radio-television series, Martin Kane, Private Eye, sponsored by U.S. Tobacco. He also appeared as a private detective in the NBC radio show Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator, which ran from 1951 to 1955. On leaving school, Gargan became a salesman of bootleg whiskey to New York speakeasies and then joined a detective agency. While visiting his brother on a musical comedy stage, he was offered a stage job which he accepted. He began his stage career in Aloma of the South Seas and later his film career in Misleading Lady. He was cast in a number of stereotypical Irish parts in films playing policemen, priests, reporters, and blustering adventurers. Gargan's career came to an end in 1958 when he developed throat cancer, and doctors were forced to remove his larynx. Speaking through an artificial voice box, Gargan became an activist and spokesman for the American Cancer Society, often warning about the dangers of smoking. Gargan was the younger brother of actor Edward Gargan. Description above from the Wikipedia article William Gargan, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Jul 17, 1905 In Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
90
First Appeared:
In the movie Follow the Leader 1930-12-06
Latest Project:
Movie Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn 2015-08-18
Known For
Poster of Martin Kane, Private Eye
Poster of Swing Fever
Poster of The Devil's Party
Poster of Things Are Looking Up
Filmography
Movie Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn 2015-08-18
Movie Complicated Women Himself (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Movie Miracle in the Rain Harry Wood 1956-03-31
Movie The Rawhide Years Marshal Sommers 1956-04-13
Series The 20th Century Fox Hour Unknown 1955-10-05
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie Dynamite 'Gunner' Peterson 1949-01-18
Series Martin Kane, Private Eye 1949-09-01
Movie Waterfront at Midnight Mike Hanrohan 1948-06-25
Movie The Argyle Secrets Harry Mitchell 1948-05-07
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie Strange Impersonation Dr. Stephen Lindstrom 1946-03-16
Movie Night Editor Tony Cochrane 1946-03-29
Movie Behind Green Lights Lt. Sam Carson 1946-02-15
Movie Murder in the Music Hall Inspector Wilson 1946-04-10
Movie Till the End of Time Sgt. Gunny Watrous 1946-07-23
Movie She Gets Her Man 'Breezy' Barton 1945-01-12
Movie Midnight Manhunt Pete Willis 1945-07-27
Movie The Bells of St. Mary's Joe Gallagher 1945-12-27
Movie Swing Fever 'Waltzy' Malone 1944-01-27
Movie The Canterville Ghost Sergeant Benson 1944-07-28
Movie No Place for a Lady Jess Arno 1943-02-11
Movie Harrigan's Kid Tom Harrigan 1943-03-01
Movie A Close Call for Ellery Queen Ellery Queen 1942-01-27
Movie Bombay Clipper James Montgomery 'Jim' Wilson 1942-01-11
Movie Sealed Lips Lee Davis 1942-01-02
Movie A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen Ellery Queen 1942-05-07
Movie Miss Annie Rooney Mr. Timothy Rooney 1942-05-29
Movie Who Done It? Police Lt. Lou Moran 1942-11-06
Movie The Mayor of 44th Street Tommy Fallon 1942-10-15
Movie Destination Unknown Briggs Hannon - aka Terry Jordan 1942-10-09
Movie Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen Ellery Queen 1942-07-30
Movie Cheers For Miss Bishop Sam Peters 1941-02-21
Movie Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 1 Himself 1941-10-02
Movie I Wake Up Screaming Jerry 'Mac' MacDonald 1941-10-31
Movie Keep 'Em Flying Craig Morrison 1941-11-28
Movie Double Alibi Walter Gifford 1940-03-01
Movie Star Dust Dane Wharton 1940-04-06
Movie Isle Of Destiny Stripes Thornton 1940-03-08
Movie Sporting Blood Duffy 1940-07-11
Movie They Knew What They Wanted Joe 1940-10-19
Movie Turnabout Joel Clare 1940-05-17
Movie Broadway Serenade Bill Foster 1939-04-07
Movie Within the Law Police Sergeant Cassidy 1939-03-17
Movie Women in the Wind Ace Boreman 1939-04-15
Movie The Adventures of Jane Arden Ed Towers 1939-03-18
Movie Three Sons Thane Pardway 1939-10-13
Movie The House of Fear Arthur McHugh 1939-06-30
Movie Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President Joe Turp 1939-12-01
Movie The Housekeeper's Daughter Ed O'Malley 1939-10-26
Movie The Crime of Doctor Hallet Dr. Jack Murray 1938-03-12
Movie The Devil's Party Mike O'Mara 1938-06-02
Movie The Crowd Roars Johnny Martin 1938-08-06
Movie Personal Secretary Marcus 'Mark' Farrell 1938-09-09
Movie You Only Live Once Father Dolan 1937-01-29
Movie Reported Missing Steve Browning 1937-08-15
Movie Wings Over Honolulu Lt. Jack Furness 1937-05-16
Movie Behind the Mike George Hayes 1937-09-26
Movie Some Blondes Are Dangerous George Regan 1937-10-31
Movie You're a Sweetheart Fred Edwards 1937-12-26
Movie The Milky Way Speed McFarland 1936-02-07
Movie Man Hunt Henry Wadsworth "Hank" Dawson 1936-01-15
Movie Navy Born Lt. Red Furness 1936-06-02
Movie Fury and the Woman Bruce Corrigan 1936-09-22
Movie Flying Hostess Hal Cunningham 1936-12-01
Movie Alibi For Murder Perry Travis 1936-09-23
Movie Black Fury Slim Johnson, Company Policeman 1935-05-18
Movie Things Are Looking Up Van Gaard 1935-06-09
Movie A Night at the Ritz Duke Regan 1935-03-23
Movie Traveling Saleslady Pat O'Connor 1935-03-28
Movie Bright Lights Dan Wheeler 1935-07-27
Movie Don't Bet On Blondes Numbers 1935-07-13
Movie Things You Never See on the Screen Himself 1935-12-01
Movie Broadway Gondolier Cliff Stanley 1935-07-27
Movie Four Frightened People Stewart Corder 1934-01-26
Movie Strictly Dynamite Georgie 1934-05-11
Movie British Agent Bob Medill 1934-09-15
Movie The Hollywood Gad-About Himself (uncredited) 1934-10-04
Movie Sweepings Gene Pardway 1933-04-14
Movie Lucky Devils Bob Hughes 1933-02-03
Movie The Story of Temple Drake Stephen Benbow 1933-05-06
Movie Headline Shooter Bill Allen 1933-07-28
Movie Emergency Call Steve Brennan 1933-06-24
Movie Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men Red Branahan 1933-10-18
Movie Night Flight Brazilian pilot 1933-10-06
Movie The Misleading Lady Fitzpatrick 1932-04-15
Movie Rain Sergeant O'Hara 1932-10-12
Movie The Animal Kingdom Regan, Le majordome 1932-12-28
Movie The Sport Parade Johnny Baker 1932-11-11
Movie Follow the Leader A Gangster 1930-12-06