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Ralph Byrd (1909–1952)

Ralph Byrd had an 18 year career in Hollywood both as a leading man and as a character actor, though he is best remembered for his role as Chester Gould's comic strip detective, Dick Tracy, in several movie serials and on television (first for ABC and then in a syndicated series). During his film career he was a contract player for RKO and 20th- ... See full bio »

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 1952 Craig Kennedy, Criminologist (TV Series)
Rocky Lane
- The Golden Dagger ... Rocky Lane
 1951 My Favorite Spy
Official (uncredited)
 1951 Close to My Heart
Charlie (uncredited)
 1951 Lightning Strikes Twice
Jack Ross, Hair Tonic Salesman on Bus (uncredited)
 1951 The Redhead and the Cowboy
Capt. Andrews
 1951 Double Crossbones
Will, Debtor (uncredited)
 1950 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Major Dearborn / Dearborn Jr.
- Man Without a Country (1950) ... Major Dearborn / Dearborn Jr.
- Episode #2.29 (1950)
 1950 Union Station
Priest (uncredited)
 1950 Radar Secret Service
 1948 Jungle Goddess
Bob Simpson
 1948 Canon City
Officer Joe Gray
 1948 Stage Struck
Police Sgt. Tom Ramey
 1948 The Argyle Secrets
Police Lt. Samuel Samson
 1947 Stallion Road
Richmond Mallard
 1944 Tampico
Quartermaster O'Brien (uncredited)
 1944 Four Jills in a Jeep
Sergeant in Mess Hall (uncredited)
 1943 December 7th: The Movie
Reporter (uncredited)
 1943 Three Cadets (Short)
Medical Officer
 1943 Guadalcanal Diary
Ned Rowman
 1943 They Came to Blow Up America
 1943 The Meanest Man in the World
Reporter (uncredited)
 1943 Margin for Error
Pete, the Dice-Playing Soldier (uncredited)
 1942 Time to Kill
Lou Venter, bodyguard
 1942 Manila Calling
 1942 Careful, Soft Shoulders
Elliott Salmon
 1942 Moontide
Rev. Wilson
 1942 Duke of the Navy
Breezy Duke
 1941 A Yank in the R.A.F.
Al Bennett
 1941 Navy Blues
Lieutenant (uncredited)
 1941 Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day
Policeman (uncredited)
 1941 Here Comes the Cavalry (Short)
Captain Brooks
 1941 Power Dive
 1941 Wings of Steel (Short)
 1941 The Penalty
 1941 Play Girl
Miami Doctor (uncredited)
 1940 Misbehaving Husbands
Bob Grant
 1940 The Son of Monte Cristo
William Gluck
 1940 Dark Streets of Cairo
Dennis Martin
 1940 The Mark of Zorro
Student / Officer (uncredited)
 1940 North West Mounted Police
Constable Ackroyd
 1940 Dulcy
Businessman in Meeting (uncredited)
 1940 The Howards of Virginia
James Howard
 1940 A Crime Does Not Pay Subject: 'Buyer Beware' (Short)
Officer Halligan (uncredited)
 1940 The Golden Fleecing
Larry Kelly
 1940 The Captain Is a Lady
Randy - Seaman (uncredited)
 1939 Mickey the Kid
Dr. Ben Cameron
 1939 S.O.S. Tidal Wave
Jeff Shannon
 1939 Fighting Thoroughbreds
Ben Marshall
 1938 Down in 'Arkansaw'
John Parker
 1938 Army Girl
Capt. Bob Marvin
 1937 Paid to Dance
Nickels Brown
 1937 The Firefly
French Lieutenant (uncredited)
 1937 A Fight to the Finish
Jimmy (uncredited)
 1937 San Quentin
Cop on Phone (scenes deleted)
 1937 They Gave Him a Gun
Wounded Soldier (uncredited)
 1937 Criminals of the Air
 1937 Motor Madness
C.P.O. Mike Burns
 1937 Sea Devils
Court-Martial Seaman (uncredited)
 1937 They Wanted to Marry
Roger Coleman (uncredited)
 1937/I Blake of Scotland Yard
Dr. Jerry Sheehan
 1937 Find the Witness
 1937 We Who Are About to Die
Police Lab Technician (uncredited)
 1936 White Legion
NCO Clerk (uncredited)
 1936 A Tenderfoot Goes West
 1936 Alibi for Murder
Cop (uncredited)
 1936 Killer-Dog (Short)
Father (uncredited)
 1936 Swing Time
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
 1936 Two-Fisted Gentleman
 1936 The Final Hour
Department of Justice Guard (uncredited)
 1936 The Last Outlaw
Pilot (uncredited)
 1936 Pride of the Marines
Male Nurse (uncredited)
 1936 Border Caballero
Tex Weaver
 1936 Hell-Ship Morgan
 1935 The Affair of Susan
Mechanic (uncredited)
 1935 The Adventures of Rex and Rinty
Forest Ranger Jerry Morton [Chs. 5-6] (uncredited)
 1935 Chinatown Squad
Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
 1932 Red-Headed Woman
Driver, At End of Film, With Mustache. (uncredited)
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Best known as portrayer of comic-strip detective "Dick Tracy" in 40's "B" films. (See also Morgan Conway.) See more »

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