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[on young actors] Each one assumes that his mere presence is God's gift to humanity and he finds out over the years that this isn't the case, but that the acquisition of the skills is equally important. You find out that the essence of it is simplification.
While performing in a stock play version of "A Kiss for Cinderella" in 1941 with actress Luise Rainer
, Rainer's ex-husband, Clifford Odets
, saw him and offered him the featured juvenile part in his Broadway play "Clash by Night" as "Joe Doyle", opposite Tallulah Bankhead
. A decade later he starred in the film version but had outgrown the juvenile role and instead played Earl Pfeiffer, one of the ...
Often played stern authority figures, in sharp contrast to his real life persona.