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Lee Falk (1911–1999)

Lee Falk was born on April 28, 1911 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Leon Harrison Gross. He was a writer and actor, known for The Phantom (1996), Mandrake the Magician (2019) and Phantom 2040 (1994). He was married to Elizabeth Moxley. He died on March 13, 1999 in New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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 2019 Mandrake the Magician (comic strip) / (creator) (announced)
  Jax of Heart (characters) (announced)
 1996 The Phantom (characters)
 1994-1996 Phantom 2040 (TV Series) (character - 35 episodes)
- The Whole Truth (1996) ... (character)
- Moments of Truth (1996) ... (character)
- The Furies (1996) ... (character)
- The Second Time Around (1996) ... (character)
- Rogue (1995) ... (character)
  Defenders of the Earth (TV Series) (characters - 7 episodes, 1986) (characters creator: The Phantom, Mandrake the Magician, and Lother - 1 episode, 1986)
- Family Reunion (1986) ... (characters)
- The Ghost Walks Again (1986) ... (characters)
- Bits and Chips (1986) ... (characters)
- A House Divided (1986) ... (characters)
- A Demon in His Pocket (1986) ... (characters)
 1979 Mandrake (TV Movie) (comic strip)
 1972 The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (TV Series) (creator: "Phantom" and "Mandrake the Magician" - 1 episode)
 1968/II The Red Mask (comic strip The Phantom)
 1968/I The Red Mask (comic strip The Phantom)
 1961 The Phantom (TV Movie) (character)
 1954 Mandrake the Magician (TV Movie) (comic strip)
 1943 The Phantom (based on the King Features newspaper cartoon by)
 1939 Mandrake, the Magician (comic strip)
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 1973 The Year 01
Le banquier (segment "New York")
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 1956 Toute la mémoire du monde (Documentary short) (collaborator)
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 2016 Bird of Steel! (special thanks) (post-production)
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 1965 Password All-Stars (TV Series)
- Betty White vs. Arlene Francis (1965) ... Himself
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 1996 Biography (TV Series documentary)
- The Phantom: Comic Strip Crusader (1996) ... Himself

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After WWII, he became a playwright and theatrical producer/director, producing over 300 plays and directing over 100. See more »

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"Each artist, out of his own interests and imagination, creates his own world in his strip - this is true of Peanuts, Beetle Bailey, Popeye, all good strips. And you accomplish this not by imitating others - you come up with your own idea. To me, The Phantom and Mandrake are very real - much more than the people walking around whom I don't see very much. You have to believe in your own characters. See more »


Originally intended The Phantom to be a rich playboy who fought crime at night. Falk actually introduced the character of Jimmy Wells in 1936 in his first story, The Singh Brotherhood, with the intention of him being the Phantom's real identity. However, during the course of the story, Falk decided to move The Phantom to Africa, where he got the familiar identity of Kit Walker. See more »


Often used the names of his children in the comic strip

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