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Date of Birth 24 November 1918Royal Center, Indiana, USA
Date of Death 12 May 1986Santa Monica, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameEverett Leroy Bonnell

Mini Bio (1)

Lee Bonnell was born on November 24, 1918 in Royal Center, Indiana, USA as Everett Leroy Bonnell. He was an actor, known for The Navy Comes Through (1942), Look Who's Laughing (1941) and Footlight Fever (1941). He was married to Gale Storm. He died on May 12, 1986 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Gale Storm (28 September 1941 - 12 May 1986) (his death) (4 children)

Trivia (10)

Met his future wife, Gale Storm, in 1939 when they became the first place winners of Jesse L. Lasky's "Gateway to Hollywood" talent contest.
His father was a barber in South Bend, Indiana. Had two sisters, Thelma and Pati.
Acted in school plays before performing in college productions at Indiana University where he also studied business and economics.
At one point he produced religious films. According to Laura Wagner in her article on Lee in the Spring 2013 issue of Films of the Golden Age, the actor once took courses at a Southern California college with the intent of pursuing the ministry.
After his acting career declined, he moved into selling life insurance and eventually set up his own company -- the Lee Bonnell Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Agency in Encino, California.
He was there for his wife, Gale Storm in the 1970s when she battled acute alcoholism. At one point she had to be institutionalized.
Tried to enlist during WWII but poor eyesight deemed him unfit for duty. He subsequently served with the Coast Guard.
Two years after they met and both won RKO contracts from the "Gateway to Hollywood" contest in 1939, they married and had three sons and a daughter.
Initially worked at RKO under the name 'Terry Belmont'.

Personal Quotes (1)

When I look back on the Gateway to Hollywood [radio] program, I do so warmly. It opened doors for me I could not have dreamed of. Above all, it introduced me to Gale. I've been more than happy about the professional life I've created.

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