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Tom Ewell (1909–1994)

Beleaguered character actor Tom Ewell, the unlikely film and TV star with the trademark lumpy figure and droopy, lugubrious mug, was born Samuel Yewell Tompkins on April 29, 1909, in Kentucky. His family tried to steer him towards a law career but he chose the path of acting instead after becoming involved in college productions at the University ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Seven Year Itch
The Seven Year Itch Richard Sherman
Adam's Rib
Adam's Rib Warren Attinger
The Girl Can't Help It
Baretta Billy Truman


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 1986 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Josh Corbin
- Trial by Error (1986) ... Josh Corbin
 1983 Easy Money
 1982 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Earl Tendermeyer
- The Good Life (1982) ... Earl Tendermeyer
 1982 Terror at Alcatraz (TV Movie)
 1981-1982 Best of the West (TV Series)
Doc Kullens
- The Funeral (1982) ... Doc Kullens
- Sam's Life Is Threatened (1982) ... Doc Kullens
- Elvira's Old Beau (1982) ... Doc Kullens
- The Pretty Prisoner (1982) ... Doc Kullens
- Daniel Fights a Bully (1982) ... Doc Kullens
 1979 Taxi (TV Series)
Dr. Richmond
- Nardo Loses Her Marbles (1979) ... Dr. Richmond
 1979 Eischied (TV Series)
 1979 The Return of Mod Squad (TV Movie)
 1979 Butterflies in Heat
Hadley Crabtree
 1979 Flying High (TV Series)
- Eye Opener (1979) ... Williams
 1975-1978 Baretta (TV Series)
Billy Truman
- The Bundle (1978) ... Billy Truman
- It's a Boy (1978) ... Billy Truman
- Lyman P. Dokker, Fed (1977) ... Billy Truman
- The Runaways (1977) ... Billy Truman
- Not on Our Block (1977) ... Billy Truman
 1978 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Burt 'Fingers' Lonegan
- The Over the Hill Caper/Poof! You're a Movie Star (1978) ... Burt 'Fingers' Lonegan
 1975 Promise Him Anything (TV Movie)
 1974 The Great Gatsby
Mourner (uncredited)
 1974 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
 1973 The New Temperatures Rising Show (TV Series)
Harry Butler
- Diagnosis: Who Knows? (1973) ... Harry Butler
 1972 To Find a Man
Dr. Hargrove
 1971 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Deputy Treadwell
- The Root of It All (1971) ... Deputy Treadwell
 1971 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
District Attorney Simpson
- A Sister from Napoli (1971) ... District Attorney Simpson
 1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Hoy Valentine
- With Love, Bullets and Valentines (1970) ... Hoy Valentine
 1970 The Governor & J.J. (TV Series)
- Charley's Back in Town (1970) ... Charley
 1966 Summer Fun (TV Series)
 1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Leander Clement
- Who Killed Nobody Somehow? (1965) ... Leander Clement
 1964 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Hector Heatherton
- The Hector Heatherton Story (1964) ... Hector Heatherton
 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Congressman Albert Higgins
- The Honorable Albert Higgins (1963) ... Congressman Albert Higgins
 1962 State Fair
Abel Frake
 1962 Tender Is the Night
Abe North
 1960-1961 The Tom Ewell Show (TV Series)
Tom Potter
- Mr. Memory (1961) ... Tom Potter
- Our Vacation (1961) ... Tom Potter
- Never Do Business with Relatives (1961) ... Tom Potter
- Passenger Pending (1961) ... Tom Potter
- Handy Man (1961) ... Tom Potter
 1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
John Emmet Owens
- The Day of the Hanging (1959) ... John Emmet Owens
 1959 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Barney Henderson
- The Square Egghead (1959) ... Barney Henderson
 1956 The Girl Can't Help It
Tom Miller
 1956 The Great American Pastime
Bruce Hallerton
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Earl Carleton
- Man on Fire (1956) ... Earl Carleton
 1956 The Lieutenant Wore Skirts
Gregory Whitcomb
 1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Albert Pelham
- The Case of Mr. Pelham (1955) ... Albert Pelham
 1955 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
William Bingham
- Daisy, Daisy (1955) ... William Bingham
 1955 The Seven Year Itch
Richard Sherman (as Tommy Ewell)
 1952 Back at the Front
 1952 Lost in Alaska
Nugget Joe McDermott
 1952 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- See No Evil (1952)
 1952 Finders Keepers
Tiger Kipps
 1951 Lights Out (TV Series)
Charlie Drome
- The Deal (1951) ... Charlie Drome
 1951 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Willie Mason
- Mighty Like a Rogue (1951) ... Willie Mason
 1951 Search for Tomorrow (TV Series)
Sheriff Bill Lang (1972)
 1951 Danger (TV Series)
 1951 Up Front
 1951 The Billy Rose Show (TV Series)
 1950 Mr. Music
 1950 A Life of Her Own
Tom Caraway
 1950 The Rhumba Seat (Short)
 1950 How Green Is My Spinach (Short)
Man in Audience (uncredited)
 1949 Adam's Rib
Warren Attinger
 1949 Caribbean Capers (Short)
Tom the Tourist
 1949 NBC Presents (TV Series)
- The Contest (1949)
- The Loan (1949)
 1949 The Football Fan (Short)
Tom - The Football Fan
 1949 Southward Ho Ho! (Short)
 1948-1949 Actor's Studio (TV Series)
- A Reputation (1949)
- The Little Wife (1949)
- Ropes (1948)
 1948 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Stephen Brewster
- Suppressed Desires (1948) ... Stephen Brewster
 1947 Babies, They're Wonderful (Short)
 1941 Desert Bandit
Ordway - Texas Ranger
 1941 Back in the Saddle
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
 1940 They Knew What They Wanted
New Hired Hand (uncredited)
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Stage: Appeared in "Small Wonder" on Broadway. Musical revue. Book by Charles Spalding, Max Wilk, George Axelrod and Louis Laun. Music by Baldwin Bergersen and Albert W. Selden. Lyrics by Phyllis McGinley, Burt Shevelove (also director; earliest Broadway credit) and Billings Brown. Music orchestrated by Ted Royal. Vocal arrangements ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Tommy Ewell


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He claimed never to have seen any of his films, including The Seven Year Itch (1955), and had only ever seen glimpses of himself on the screen when his wife was watching television. He said he suffered from an acute inferiority complex and could not bear to see himself on screen as he was too critical of himself. See more »

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