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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 12 June 1914Syracuse, New York, USA
Date of Death 20 December 1975Duarte, California, USA  (lung and heart congestion)
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The athletic William Lundigan stood 6' 2" and weighed 170 pounds. He played football, basketball and tennis at Syracuse (NY) University. He was discovered by Charles R. Rogers, head of production at Universal Studios. Rogers happened to tune into radio station WFBL in Syracuse. He was so intrigued by a voice he heard reading a commercial that he gave instructions for the speaker to be located, brought to New York and tested for movie possibilities. The speaker, of course, was Lundigan. He had gotten the announcing job because his father owned the building that housed WBFL. Later in his career Lundigan was successful as the host of the CBS programs Climax! (1954) and Shower of Stars (1954). For these programs he delivered on-air commercials for their sponsor, Chrysler Motors. Off screen he traveled as a goodwill ambassador for the company, covering over 100,000 miles on the road and visiting 560,000 people in 90 weeks.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ray Hamel

Spouse (1)

Rena Morgan (1945 - 20 December 1975) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (6)

While at Warners, Lundigan's 'voice with a smile it' was used as one of the narrators in several of the classic 1940s Looney Tunes cartoons.
Initially planned to go into law.
Although he was draft-exempt due to a physical injury, he enlisted into the Marines out of patriotism and served on Okinawa during WWII. Under contract to MGM at the time he enlisted, boss Louis B. Mayer was furious with him for enlisting just as the studio was promoting him as a star and he was dropped.
Is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, Plot: D, L269, 3.
In 1963 and 1964, Lundigan joined fellow actors Walter Brennan, Chill Wills, and Efrem Zimbalist Jr., in making appearances on behalf of U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater, the Republican nominee in the campaign against U.S. President Lyndon Johnson.
Was a Boy Scout.

Personal Quotes (1)

My mistake was in being so damned cooperative. Not only did I accept the bad pictures but I accepted lousy parts in those bad pictures. -commenting on his "B"-level film career

Salary (1)

The House on Telegraph Hill (1951) $500a week

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