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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 16 July 1911Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death 4 June 1970Santa Monica, California, USA  (pneumonia)
Birth NameBowen Charlton Tufts III
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born into a prominent Boston family of bankers whose patriarch was said to have arrived in America from England in 1683, Sonny Tufts would end his career as a Hollywood "bad boy," immersed in drink and scandal.

Tufts was graduated from Yale in 1935 and began pursuing a career in opera, eventually auditioning with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. But he drifted into the world of pop music and soon found himself on the Broadway stage. He went to Hollywood in 1942 and for most of the 1940's appeared in supporting roles or as second leads in light comedies produced by Paramount Pictures. An old college football injury had disqualified him for military duty, and so, with many of Hollywood's younger leading men serving overseas in World War II, this tall, blond, blue-eyed actor became something of a star, if only by default. But by the turn of the decade he had found his name in print on account of his off-screen activities. In 1949 he had been found drunk on a Hollywood sidewalk. In 1950 he was sued by two women for allegedly biting each of them in the thigh. In 1951 his wife had him jailed for drunkenness. The name Sonny Tufts itself became a joke. Thereafter he made few films, but could be found in occasional guest appearances on inconsequential TV shows. He died of pneumonia at age 58.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bill Takacs <kinephile@aol.com>

Spouse (1)

Barbara Dare (5 December 1937 - 1953) (divorced)

Trivia (6)

In 1950 he was sued by two women who claimed he bit them both on the thigh.
The son of a prominent banker, his great-uncle, Charles Tufts, was founder of Tufts College in Boston.
First studied at Phillips-Exeter then broke from the banking tradition of his family by going to Yale instead of Harvard and studying opera.
In 1959, after a year of staying sober in order to stay in contention for a prime role in John Wayne's epic The Alamo (1960), he lost the role of Jim Bowie.
Ex-wife Barbara Dare was a Spanish dancer.
Had a whole chapter of the Medved Brothers' "Golden Turkey Awards" to himself: Worst Performance by Sonny Tufts. The winning film was Government Girl (1943), probably because of the prominence of his female lead, Olivia de Havilland.

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