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Born in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Died in Malibu, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameThomas Mercein Runyon

Mini Bio (1)

Tom Runyon was born on April 27, 1920 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Thomas Mercein Runyon. He was an actor, known for The Getaway (1972), Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and Convoy (1978). He was married to Barbara Runyon. He died on July 17, 2009 in Malibu, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Barbara Runyon (1961 - 17 July 2009) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (6)

Father of Morgan Runyon.
Grew up in Runyon Canyon (Santa Monica Mountains), which was bought by his uncle in 1919.
Owner with his wife of The Old Place in Malibu, a restaurant-saloon once patronized by Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Robert Mitchum, Bob Dylan, and Sam Peckinpah. Jason Robards suffered a near-fatal auto accident while driving from there in 1972.
He studied writing at Columbia University and wrote fiction for Argosy magazine.
Owned a restaurant-saloon in Augora (California) called The Old Place, which he founded in 1969 with his wife, Barbara. It reflected an Old West that had long vanished. During the 1970s, many celebrities, such as Steve McQueen, Ali McGraw, Bob Dylan, Robert Mitchum, Sam Peckinpah and Jason Robards, Jr., would frequent the establishment, which was a hide-out for the famous. The Old Place served only two entrées - steak and clams - and had only two employees: Tom was the cook and dishwasher, and his wife Barbara was the waitress.
Joined the Army Air Forces during World War II. He rose to the rank of major and flew cargo missions in North Africa and Italy.

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