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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 In Time (2011), The Phantom (1996) and Mandrake the Magician (2019). 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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In Time
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The Phantom
The Phantom Writer
Mandrake the Magician
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 2019 Mandrake the Magician (comic strip) / (creator) (announced)
  Jax of Heart (characters) (announced)
 2011 In Time (based on an original story by)
 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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Comic strip: Created "The Phantom" comic strip. Until his death in 1999, it was one of the two longest-running comic strips in the world still made by its creator. The other was "Mandrake the Magician", also Falk's creation. NOTE: Filmed as The Phantom (1943), The Phantom (1996), The Phantom (1961) See more »

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(When asked about his age): "Just plain old." 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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