Gerald Mohr Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 11 June 1914New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 9 November 1968Södermalm, Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden  (heart attack)
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bearing a strong resemblance to Humphrey Bogart certainly helped in typecasting the handsome Gerald Mohr into "B" film noir. Born in New York City in 1914, he was the son of Sigmond Mohr and Henrietta Noustadt, a Viennese singer. In 1920 his father was killed in a tragic accident while at work when Mohr was five years old, and he was raised primarily by his mother and maternal grandfather, who was a psychologist and associate of Dr. Sigmund Freud, the famed psychoanalyst. Mohr became a fervent student of Freud as a result of this association. He was taught to ride and play piano at an early age and attended the prestigious Dwight Preparatory School in New York. Even as a teen, Mohr possessed a smooth vocal delivery and landed a job as a staff broadcaster for CBS Radio, which in turn opened the door for him to Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre. Mohr made his Broadway debut in the minor role of a gangster in "The Petrified Forest," the same play that put Bogart on the map.

His first starring role in films came with the serial Jungle Girl (1941), in which he played principal villain Slick Latimer. However, because of his pleasant, distinctive baritone voice, it was radio that became Mohr's meal ticket during the 1940s, and he signed on for a number of popular suspense thrillers such as "The Adventures of Philip Marlowe" and "The Whistler." In 1949, "Radio and Television Life" magazine named Mohr as the Best Male Actor on Radio.

After a number of bit parts, he finally won a noticeable role in Lady of Burlesque (1943) with Barbara Stanwyck, after Welles referred him to the film's director, William A. Wellman. Following WWII service with the Air Force, Mohr returned to acting and found his niche in intrigue, playing the title role in The Notorious Lone Wolf (1946) and its two sequels, along with Passkey to Danger (1946), Dangerous Business (1946) and The Truth About Murder (1946). As much as he wanted to extricate himself from this trenchcoat stereotype, he continued to chug along in the 1950s with the same type of roles represented by The Sniper (1952), Invasion U.S.A. (1952) and Guns, Girls, and Gangsters (1959). His final leads were in This Rebel Breed (1960) and the low-grade sci-fi thriller The Angry Red Planet (1959). In 1954-55 he starred as Christopher Storm in 41 episodes of the Swedish-made TV series Foreign Intrigue (1951).

Finding film work scarce in the following decade, he found regular work on TV, guest starring in over 100 dramas, ranging from TV westerns like Maverick (1957), Bronco (1958), Cheyenne (1955) and Bonanza (1959) to action/courtroom series such as 77 Sunset Strip (1958), Hawaiian Eye (1959) and Perry Mason (1957), among many others.

His last movie role came in the top-notch musical Funny Girl (1968) starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif, in which Mohr was featured as Tom Branca, one of Nicky Arnstein's cronies, who offers to help Fanny Brice out by giving the proud but debt-ridden gambler a prime casino job.

Mohr was overseas in Stockholm, Sweden, where he had just completed filming the pilot of a new TV series called "Private Entrance" when he suddenly died of a heart attack at the age of 54.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (2)

Mai Santacroce (7 July 1958 - 9 November 1968) (his death)
Rita Lenore Goldstein (27 May 1939 - 1 July 1957) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (10)

Before his role on television's Foreign Intrigue (1951), he held the little-known distinction of having played Philip Marlowe and Johnny Dollar on the radio. He also narrated both the radio and television episode introductions for "The Lone Ranger".
Was one of seven actors to portray "The Lone Wolf" in mystery B-movies. Others included Melvyn Douglas, Warren William,Francis Lederer, and Ron Randell. The television "Lone Wolf" was played by Louis Hayward.
Extremely prolific as member of stock company for radio shows such as "Academy Award" and "Hallmark Playhouse", appearing in scores of roles in each.
A biographical page is devoted to him in the book "Best of the Badmen" (2005) by Boyd Magers, Bob Nareau and Bobby Copeland.
Played the piano in various episodes of Foreign Intrigue (1951) and is credited as being the composer of "The Frontier Theme" featured in the episode "The Confidence Game". He can also be heard playing the melody in other episodes.
He can be heard singing 3 songs, "My Darling Clementine," "Oh, I Killed A Man" and "Aura Lee," in Cheyenne: Rendezvous at Red Rock (1956).
Voice of Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in the 1960s "The New Adventures of Superman" and "Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure" cartoons - both the Green Lantern episodes and the Justice League of America episodes.
Perhaps the only person to voice a character from both DC Comics and Marvel Comics. Besides being the voice of Green Lantern (DC) he was the voice of Reed "Mr. Fantastic" Richards (Marvel) in Hanna-Barbera's Fantastic 4 (1967) animated series.
Despite looking a little too much like Humphrey Bogart, he was cast alongside him, literally, in one scene in Sirocco (1951). On a radio series he also played the private eye Bogart essayed in The Big Sleep (1946)--Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe.
Served in the US Army Air Force during World War II.

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