Starred (as "Walter Burns") in "The Front Page" on Broadway (1969). Comedy (revival). Written by Ben Hecht
and Charles MacArthur
. Directed by Harold J. Kennedy
(also in cast as "Bensinger" from the Tribune). Ethel Barrymore Theatre: 18 Oct 1969-28 Feb 1970 (158 performances + 6 previews). Cast: Val Avery
(as "Diamond Louis"),
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[on why he never became a target of Sen. Joseph McCarthy
and the Red-baiting HUAC, despite being known for his left-of-center politics] I was involved in the things he was throwing rocks at but I was never a target. Looking back, I suspect my Irish name, my being a Catholic and an ex-Marine sort of softened the blow.
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.