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  • (1933 - 1982) Active on Broadway in the following productions:
  • (1933) Stage Play: Three and One. Comedy. Adaptation by Lewis Galantiere and John Houseman [earliest Broadway credit]. Based on the French of Denys Amiel. Scenic Design by Livingston Platt. Directed by William Harris. Longacre Theatre: 25 Oct 1933- Dec 1933 (closing date unknown/77 performances). Cast: Lilian Bond (as "Yvonne Dallier"), Brian Donlevy (as "Charles Valois"), John Eldredge, Paul McGrath, Lucien Self, Ruth Shepley, Edith Van Cleve (as "Doris Grey"), Harold West (as "Mathard"). Replacement actor: Raymond Bramley (as "Mathard"). Produced by William H. Harris Jr.
  • (1934) Stage Play: And Be My Love. Comedy. Written by Lewis Galantiere and John Houseman. Directed by Maurice Colbourne. Ritz Theatre: 18 Jan 1934- Jan 1934 (closing date unknown/4 performances). Cast: Lily Cahill (as "Jane Barlow"), Hancy Castle (as "Florence"), Maurice Colbourne (as "Maier"), Fred Forrest (as "David"), Reneé Gadd (as "Elsa Frost"), Barry Jones (as "Lawrence Brooke"), Lambert Larking (as "Lypyate"), Ronald Simpson (as "George Barlow"), Virginia Tracy (as "Mary"), Rita Grapel (as "Louise"). Produced by Maurice Colbourne and Barry Jones.
  • (1934) Stage Play: Four Saints in Three Acts. Musical [all Black cast].
  • (1934) Stage Play: The Lady from the Sea. Drama (revival). Written by Henrik Ibsen. Directed by John Houseman. Little Theatre: 1 May 1934- May 1934 (closing date unknown/15 performances). Cast included: Roman Bohnen, Moffat Johnston, Richard Whorf (as "Lyngstrand"), Crane Whitley [credted as Clem Wilennchick]. Produced by Nathan Zatkin.
  • (1934) Stage Play: Valley Forge. Historical drama. Written by Maxwell Anderson. Minuet staged by Martha Graham. Scenic Design by Kate Drain Lawson. Directed by Herbert J. Biberman and John Houseman. Guild Theatre: 10 Dec 1934- Jan 1935 (closing date unknown/58 performances). Cast: Wallace Acton (as "Third Soldier "), Stephen Appleby (as "Fielding"), Alan Bandler (as "First Soldier"), Hendrik Booraem (as "Neil"), Alan Bunce (as "Spad"), Grover Burgess (as "Teague"), Cora Burlar (as "Lady"), Thaddeus Clancy (as "Andrew"), George Coulouris (as "Lieutenant Cutting"), Charles Drummond (as "Major André"), Eleanor Eckstein (as "Lady"), Harold Elliott (as "General Stirling"), Charles Ellis (as "Mason"), Philip Foster (as "A Captain"), Charles Francis (as "The Washington/Masquerade/General Conway"), Florence Gerald(as "Auntie"), Margalo Gillmore (as "Mary Philipse"), Harold Gould (as "General Varnum"), Hans Hansen (as "Oscar"), Harry Hermsen (as "Minto"), John Hoyt [credited as John Hoysradt] (as "Major André"), Victor Kilian (as "Alcock"), Reginald Mason (as "Sir William Howe"), Jock McGraw (as "Jock"), Philip Merivale (as "General George Washington"), Alexander Mirsky (as "Marty"), Nicolai Pesce (as "Musician"), Stanley Ridges (as "Lieut. Col. Lucifer Tench"), Philip Robinson (as "An Aide/Second Soldier"), Maurice Sackett (as "Musician"), Frances Sage (as "Tavis"), Erskine Sanford (as "Mr. Folsom"), Jean Sennott (as "Lady"), John Sennott (as "Rafe"), Cynthia Sherwood (as "Lady"), George Spaulding (as "A Civilian"), Katherine Standing (as "Lady"), Robert Thomsen (as "Nick"), Edward Trevor (as "Marquis de Lafayette"), Harold Tucker (as "Mr. Harvie"), Max Weiser. Produced by The Theatre Guild. Note: Filmed as "Hallmark Hall of Fame: Valley Forge (#25.2)" (1975).
  • (1936) Stage Play: Walk Together Chillun. Drama.
  • (1936) Stage Play: Macbeth. Tragedy. Written by William Shakespeare. Arranged in three acts and eight scenes by Orson Welles. Scenic Design by Nat Karson. Costume Design by Nat Karson. Lighting Design by A.H. Feder. Directed by Orson Welles. Lafayette Theatre: 9 Apr 1936- May 1936 (closing date unknown/56 performances). Cast: Abdul (as "Witch Doctor"), Thomas Anderson (as "Lennox, a nobleman"), Service Bell (as "Duncan, King of Scotland"), Gabriel Brown (as "Captain"), Eric Burroughs (as "Hecate"), Jack Carter (as "Macbeth, a general of the Scottish army"), Laurence Chenault (as "Doctor"), Charles Collins (as "Lord"), Carl Crawford (as "Fleance, son of Banquo"), William Cumberbatch (as "Chamberlain"), Frank David (as "Ross, a nobleman"), Viola Dean (as "Page"), Alma Dickson (as "Lady Macbeth, The Duchess"), Maurice Ellis (as "Macduff, a nobleman of Scotland"), Hilda French (as "Page"), Virginia Girvin (as "The Nurse"), Lisle Grenidge (as "Captain"), Bertram Holmes (as "Young Macduff") [Broadway debut], Halle Howard (as "Chamberlain"), J. Louis Johnson (as "Porter"), J.B. Johnson (as "Second Messenger"), Zola King (as "Third Witch"), Larri Lauria (as "Seton, an officer attending on Macbeth"), Canada Lee (as "Banquo, a general of the Scottish army"), Albert McCoy (as "Attendant"), George Nixon (as "First Murderer"), Kenneth Renwick (as "Second Murderer"), Wardell Saunders (as "Malcolm, son of Duncan"), Archie Savage (as "Siward"), Edna Thomas (as "Lady Macbeth"), George Thomas (as "Attendant"), Philandre Thomas (as "First Messenger"), Al Watts (as "The Priest"), Josephine Williams (as "Second Witch"), Wilhelmina Williams (as "First Witch"), Marie Young (as "Lady Macduff"). Produced by Negro Theatre Unit of the Federal Theatre Project of the WPA and John Houseman. Notes: (1) This infamous production became known as the "Voodoo" Macbeth. (2) This production was profiled in the short film documentary We Work Again (1937), produced by the Federal Works Project.
  • (1936) Stage Play: Turpentine. Written by J.A. Smith and Peter Morell. Scenic Design by Manuel Essman. Directed by Emjo Basshe and Augustus Smith. Lafayette Theatre: 26 Jun 1936- Aug 1936 (closing date unknown/62 performances). Cast: Alonzo Bozan, Estelle Hemsley, Thurman Jackson, John D. Johnson, Bertram Miller, Thomas Moseley, Alberta Perkins, Gus Smith, Charles Wayne. Produced by Negro Theatre Unit of the Federal Theatre Project of the WPA and John Houseman.
  • (1936) Stage Play: Hamlet. Tragedy (revival). Written by William Shakespeare. Incidental music by Virgil Thomson. Musical Direction by Hugh Davis. Directed by Leslie Howard. Directed in collaboration with John Houseman. Imperial Theatre: 10 Nov 1936- Dec 1936 (closing date unknown/39 performances). Cast: Leslie Howard (as "Hamlet, son to the late, and nephew to the present King"), Gay Adams, Wesley Addy (as "Marcellus, Officer"), Joan Adrian, John Barclay, Daphne Bayne, Bourn Blood, Richard Cameron, Albert Carroll, Richard Clayton, Clifford Evans, Paul Foster, Eugene Francis, Paul Genge, Denis Green, James Hayes, Janet Hill, Joseph Holland, George Ingham, Paul Jones, Stanley Lathbury, Henry Leonard, Eric Mansfield, Aubrey Mather, Mary Meyer, Hugh Norton, Richard Ogden, Winston O'Keefe (as "Guildenstern, Courtier"), John Parrish, Tileston Perry, Madelyn Phillips, Edward Potter, Keith Randall, Herbert Ranson, Alexander Scourby (as "Player King"), Mary Servoss (as "Gertrude, Queen of Denmark and mother to Hamlet"), Mary Shower, Toni Sorel, Hope Spingarn, Pamela Stanley, Philip Sudana, Daphne Sylva, Vernon Tanner, George Volk, Wilfrid Walter, O.Z. Whitehead (as "Second Gravedigger"), Arthur Zwerling. Produced by Leslie Howard.
  • (1937) Stage Play: Julius Caesar. Tragedy (revival). Written by William Shakespeare. Incidental music by Marc Blitzstein. Assistant Director: Hiram Sherman. Directed by Orson Welles. Mercury Theatre (moved to the National Theatre in March 1938- close): 11 Nov 1937- Mar 1938 (closing date unknown/157 performances). Cast: William Alland (as "Marullus"), Evelyn Allen, Arthur Anderson, Muriel Brassler, Grover Burgess (as "Ligarius"), Francis Carpenter, Joseph Cotten (as "Publius"), George Coulouris, George Duthie, Martin Gabel (as "Cassius"), Joseph Holland (as "Julius Caesar"), John Hoyt [credited as John Hoysradt] (as "Decius Brutus"), Norman Lloyd, William Mowry, Ted Reid, Stefan Schnabel (as "Metellus Cimber"), Hiram Sherman, Orson Welles (as "Marcus Brutus"), John A. Willard (as "Trebonius"). Replacement actor [during Mercury Theatre run]: Alice Frost (as "Portia"). Replacement actors [during National Theatre run]: Norman Lloyd (as "Cinna"), Edmond O'Brien (as "Marc Antony"), Polly Rowles (as "Calpurnia"). Produced by John Houseman and Orson Welles. Note: Considered to be one of the definitive Shakespearean revivals of the 20th century.
  • (1937) Stage Play: The Shoemaker's Holiday. Written by Thomas Dekker.
  • (1938) Stage Play: Heartbreak House. Comedy (revival). Written by George Bernard Shaw. Scenic Design by John Koenig. Costume Design by Millia Davenport. Directed by Orson Welles. Mercury Theatre: 29 Apr 1938- Jun 1938 (closing date unknown/48 performances). Cast: Mady Christians (as "Hesione Hushabye"), George Coulouris (as "Boss Mangan"), Geraldine Fitzgerald (as "Ellie Dunn"), Brenda Forbes, John Hoyt [credited as John Hoysradt] (as "Randall Utterword"), Phyllis Joyce (as "Randall Utterword"), Vincent Price (as "Hector Hushabye"), Erskine Sanford (as "Mazzini Dunn"), Orson Welles (as "Capt. Shotover"). Produced by Oron Welles and John Houseman.
  • (1938) Stage Play: Danton's Death. Drama (revival).
  • (1939) Stage Play: The Devil and Daniel Webster.
  • (1941) Stage Play: Liberty Jones. Musical. Music by Paul Bowles. Book by Philip Barry. Lyrics by Paul Bowles. Choreographed by Lew Christensen. Scenic Design and Costume Design by 'Raoul Pène Du Bois'. Directed by John Houseman. Shubert Theatre: 5 Feb 1941- 22 Feb 1941 (22 performances). Cast: Joseph Anthony (as "One of the Seven Friends"), John Beal (as "Commander Tom Smith"), Barbara Brown (as "One of the Eleven Friends"), Eva Burton (as "Singer [The Five]/One of the Eleven Friends"), Alyce Carter (as "Singer [The Five]/One of the Eleven Friends"), William Castle (as "Singer [The Five]/One of the Seven Friends"), Lew Christensen (as "One of the Seven Friends/Dancer [The Two]"), Nancy Coleman (as "Liberty Jones"), Crahan Denton (as "Reporter [The Two]"), Constance Dowling (as "One of the Eleven Friends"), Tom Ewell (as "Dick Brown"), Bedelia Falls (as "One of the Eleven Friends"), Allan Frank (as "Doctor, Committee Member, Policeman [The Four]"), Howard Freeman (as "Harry Robinson"), Vincent Gardner (as "One of the Seven Friends"), Ruth Gibbs (as "Singer [The Five]/One of the Eleven Friends"), Don Glenn (as "Reporter [The Two]"), Honora Harwood (as "One of the Eleven Friends"), Martha Hodge (as "Liberty's Aunt"), Roy Johnston (as "Singer [The Five]/One of the Seven Friends"), Helen Kramer (as "One of the Eleven Friends"), Norman Lloyd (as "Doctor, Committee Member, Policeman [The Four]"), William Lynn (as "Liberty's Uncle"), William Mende (as "Doctor, Committee Member, Policeman [The Four]"), Craig Mitchell (as "One of the Seven Friends"), Ellen Morgan (as "One of the Eleven Friends"), Murray O'Neill (as "Doctor, Committee Member, Policeman [The Four]"), Jack Parsons (as "One of the Seven Friends"), Louis Polan (as "A Shirt [The Three]"), Elise Reiman (as "One of the Eleven Friends/Dancer [The Two]"), Richard Sanders (as "A Shirt [The Three]"), Ivy Scott (as "Nurse Maggie"), Caryl Smith (as "One of the Eleven Friends"), Katherine Squire (as "Nurse Cotton"), Victor Thorley (as "A Shirt"). Produced by The Theatre Guild.
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  • [Posthumous publication] (1990) Preface: Wrote the preface for "Robert Ryan: A Biography and Critical Filmography" by Franklin Jarlett.
  • (1974) Stage Play: Clarence Darrow. Solo. Written by David W. Rintels. Based on "Clarence Darrow for the Defense" by Irving Stone. Directed by John Houseman. Helen Hayes Theatre: 26 Mar 1974- 23 Apr 1974 (29 performances + 1 preview on 25 Mar 1974). Cast: Henry Fonda. Produced by Mike Merrick and Don Gregory.
  • (1975) Stage Play: Clarence Darrow. Solo [Return engagement]. Written by David W. Rintels. Based on "Clarence Darrow for the Defense" by Irving Stone. Directed by John Houseman. Minskoff Theatre: 3 Mar 1975- 22 Mar 1975 (18 performances). Cast: Henry Fonda. Produced by Mike Merrick and Don Gregory.
  • (late 1970s) TV commercials for Smith Barney investment firm - Himself ("They make money the old-fashioned way. They earn it.")
  • (early 1980s) TV commercial for McDonald's fast food chain - Himself (United States)
  • (1985) TV commercial for Puritan vegetable oil - Himself (United States)
  • (1982) TV commercials for Plymouth Reliant K automobiles - Himself (United States)
  • (1982) Stage Play: The Curse of an Aching Heart. Written by William Alfred. Incidental music by Claibe Richardson. Music orchestrated by Bruce Pomahac. Scenic Design by John Lee Beatty. Directed by Gerald Gutierrez. Little Theatre: 25 Jan 1982- 21 Feb 1982 (32 performances + 12 previews that began on 15 Jan 1982). Cast: Faye Dunaway (as "Frances Walsh/Frances Anna Duffy/Fran Duffy/Frances Anna Duffy Walsh"), Francine Beers (as "Minnie Crump") [final Broadway role], Dale Helward (as "Man with Newspaper"), Kurt Knudson (as "Herman Crump"), Beverly May (as "Gertrude Graham Finn"), Paul McCrane (as "Aloysius "Wishy" Burke"), Bernie McInerney (as "John Joseph "Jo Jo" Finn"), Audrie Neenan (as "Gertrude "Lulu" Fitter/Lulu Fitter/Gertrude "Lulu" Fitter Malardino"), Terrance O'Quinn (as "Martin "Lugs" Walsh"), Jon Polito (as "Pasquale "Packy" Malardino"), Raphael Sbarge (as "Martin Thomas Walsh"), Colin Stinton (as "J. Stanislaus McGahey"). Standby: Joan MacIntosh (as "Fran Duffy/Frances Anna Duffy/Frances Anna Duffy Walsh/Frances Walsh/Gertrude Graham Finn"). Understudies: Mary E. Baird (as "Gertrude "Lulu" Fitter/Gertrude "Lulu" Fitter Malardino/Lulu Fitter/Minnie Crump"), Dale Helward (as "Herman Crump/John/Joseph "Jo Jo" Finn"), Rich Rand (as "Aloysius "Wishy" Burke/Martin Thomas Walsh") and Thomas A. Stewart (as "J. Stanislaus McGahey/Martin "Lugs" Walsh/Pasquale "Packy" Malardino"). Produced by Margot Harley, John Houseman, Everett King, David Weil and Sidney Shlenker. Associate Producer: David Jiranek and Frederick C. Venturelli.
  • (1936) Stage Play: Horse Eats Hat. Book adapted by Edwin Denby [earliest Broadway credit] and Orson Welles. Based on "Un Chapeau de Paille D'Italie" by Eugene Labiche. Music by Paul Bowles [earliest Broadway credit]. Music arranged by Virgil Thomson. Musical Director: Virgil Thomson. Directed by Orson Welles. Maxine Elliott Theatre: 26 Sep 1936- Nov 1936 (closing date unknown/61 performances). Cast: Wallace Acton (as "Ensemble"), Tereon Alvarez (as "Ensemble"), May Angels (as "Ensemble"), George Armstrong (as "Ensemble"), Bill Baird (as "Ensemble"), George Barter (as "Berkowitz"), France Bendsten (as "Gustave"), Tod Brown (as "Ensemble"), Sarah Burton (as "The Countess"), Walter Burton (as "Butler"), Michael Callaghan (as "Ensemble"), Terry Carlson (as "Ensemble"), Steven Carter (as "First Footman"), Enrico Cellinl (as "Raguso"), Mildred Colt (as "Ensemble"), Joseph Cotten (as "Freddy"), Pell Dentler (as "Ensemble"), George Duthie (as "Entwhistle"), Georgia Empry (as "Ensemble"), Opal Essant (as "Ensemble"), Julia Fassett (as "Ensemble"), Arlene Francis (as "Tillie"), Warren Goddard (as "Ensemble"), Anna Gold (as "Ensemble"), Solomon Goldstein (as "Ensemble"), Craig Gordon (as "Ensemble"), Jane Hale (as "Ensemble"), Peggy Hartley (as "Ensemble"), Lawrence Hawley (as "Ensemble"), J. Headley (as "Second Footman"), Edwin Hemmer (as "Ensemble"), Jerry Hitchcock (as "Ensemble"), Rubert Hopkins (as "Ensemble"), Don Howard (as "Ensemble"), Jane Johnson (as "Ensemble"), Marie Jones (as "Ensemble"), Henriette Kaye (as "Daisy"), Frank Kelly (as "Ensemble"), Helene Korsun (as "Ensemble"), Mary Kukavski (as "Ensemble"), Henry Laird (as "Ensemble"), Paula Laurence (as "Agatha Entwhistle") [Broadway debut], Geraldine Law (as "Ensemble"), George Leach (as "Ensemble"), Walter LeRoy (as "Ensemble"), Bernard Lewis (as "Ensemble"), Donald MacMillan (as "Uncle Adolphe"), Margaret Maley (as "Ensemble"), Elizabeth Malone (as "Ensemble"), Harry McKee (as "Joseph"), Harry Merchant (as "Ensemble"), Lee Molnar (as "Ensemble"), Annie Morton, Edgerton Paul (as "Augustus"), Myron Paulson (as "Ensemble"), James Perry (as "Ensemble"), Hattie Rappaport (as "Ensemble"), Helena Rapport (as "Ensemble"), Lucy Rodriguez (as "Clotilda"), Henry Russelle (as "Ensemble"), Nina Salama (as "Ensemble"), Bernard Savage (as "Corporal"), Gloria Sheldon (as "Ensemble"), Hiram Sherman (as "Bobbin"), Harry Singer (as "Ensemble"), Jack Smith (as "Ensemble"), Sidney Smith (as "Grimshot"), George Smithfield (as "Ensemble"), Arabella St. James (as "Ensemble"), Dana Stevens (as "Queeper"), June Thorne (as "Ensemble"), Charles Uday (as "Ensemble"), Orson Welles (as "Mugglethorp"), Virginia Welles (as "Myrtle Mugglethorp") [final Broadway role], Arthur Wood (as "Ensemble"), Ellen Worth (as "Ensemble"), Victor Wright (as "Ensemble"). Produced by Classic Theatre Branch of the Federal Theatre Project of the WPA. Managing Producer: John Houseman. Assistant Producer: Ted Thomas.
  • (1986) Author. Book: "Entertainers and the Entertained: Essays on Theater, Film and Television." NY: Simon & Schuster, 1986.

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