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Date of Birth 19 September 1903Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Date of Death 18 May 1951Los Angeles, California, USA  (pneumonia)
Birth NameWeldon Heyburn Franks
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Weldon Heyburn was born on September 19, 1903 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Weldon Heyburn Franks. He was an actor, known for The 13th Man (1937), Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat (1944) and Sea Racketeers (1937). He was married to Virginia Frances Maggard, Jane Eichelberger, Greta Nissen and Phyllis Connard Williams. He died on May 18, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (4)

Virginia Frances Maggard (9 September 1939 - 1941) (divorced)
Jane Eichelberger (5 May 1936 - 15 March 1939) (divorced)
Greta Nissen (30 March 1932 - 29 April 1936) (annulled)
Phyllis Connard Williams (6 October 1924 - 15 October 1926) (divorced)

Trivia (7)

Served in the United States Army Signal Corps during World War II; is buried at Arlington National Cemetery (Section 7, Site 8094).
Made his Broadway debut in 1927 in The Mystery Man. The husky, darkly handsome actor who bore a slight resemblance to Clark Gable appeared in a number of leading man roles, notably opposite Lenore Ulric in Pagan Lady.
Weldon attended the University of Alabama and studied law at George Washington University until changing his course of career to acting and performing with stock companies in Pittsburgh.
His marriage to second wife, actress Greta Nissen was annulled on the grounds that their Mexican marriage in Tijuana was not legal.
According to author Laura Wagner in her Films of the Golden Age article on Weldon (Winter 2015/2016 issue), the actor, in his early stage career, tried to pass himself off as the nephew of U.S. Senator Weldon Heyburn (1852-1912) to gain publicity. The Senator's family claimed he was a fraud and exposed his lie.
A drinking problem effectively ended his career in the mid 1940s and his health rapidly declined. He entered Veteran's Administration Hospital in Los Angeles suffering from cancer of the mouth, right adrenal and kidney and died there of pneumonia.
Son of an Army colonel. Had two siblings.

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