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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 22 April 1909Dayton, Ohio, USA
Date of Death 18 August 1952Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)

Mini Bio (1)

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- Fox. A serious auto accident slowed down his film career in the late 1940s, but he returned to the role of Tracy and worked steadily until his untimely death of a heart attack. His survivors were his widow, the actress Virginia Carroll, and his daughter, Carol, 13 at the time of his death.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Spouse (1)

Virginia Carroll (20 February 1937 - 18 August 1952) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (9)

Best known as portrayer of comic-strip detective "Dick Tracy" in 40's "B" films. (See also Morgan Conway.)
Was an Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster.
Signed to a Republic Pictures contract after he appeared for the studio in Blake of Scotland Yard (1937).
Some accounts list the cause of his death as a sudden heart attack suffered while sitting in his car waiting for his wife, actress Virginia Carroll, to finish shopping. However, in an interview Carroll said that he actually died of cancer in the Sawtelle Veterans Administration hospital in Los Angeles.
Started acting as a member of the stock company Allbright Players in which he toured the Midwest.
Originally singing in church, he later sang with a dance orchestra in the early 1930s.
He and wife Virginia Carroll performed in three projects together: A Tenderfoot Goes West (1936), Dick Tracy Returns (1938) and Fireside Theatre: Lucy and the Stranger (1950).
Enlisted in the US Army Signal Corps during World War II and taught demolition.
Performed on stage frequently in Hollywood with the Bliss-Hayden Little Theatre where he met his wife, actress Virginia Carroll. They would have one daughter, Carroll.

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