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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 21 August 1908Durango, Colorado, USA
Date of Death 27 April 1982Newport Beach, California, USA  (cancer)

Mini Bio (2)

While in Vietnam entertaining troops with Bob Hope and others with the USO, Thomas Tully protracted a filarial worm, similar to the worm that causes elephantiasis. After returning to the U.S. his condition was diagnosed after a blood clot in a major vein in his leg cut off circulation and his leg was amputated very close to the hip. This was circa 1971. The amputation was performed in Laguna Beach, California close to his home in San Juan Capistrano. Complications to this surgery caused pleuritis, deafness and serious debilitation. His death was due, in great part, to these serious medical conditions. He should be remembered as a patriot who sacrificed his life to entertain our troops in Vietnam.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Dr. Peter Kendrick

Colorado-born Tom Tully got into the acting business after a stint in the U.S. Navy. He had extensive experience in radio and on the stage before making his film debut in Northern Pursuit (1943). Tully worked steadily for the remainder of his career, and was typically cast as a somewhat tough but basically decent cop, military officer or other authority figure. He was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his role as the captain being replaced by Humphrey Bogart in The Caine Mutiny (1954). He had a co-starring role with Warner Anderson in the highly regarded TV cop show The Lineup (1954), which was directed by his old friend Don Siegel. His last role was a small but showy one as a crooked gun dealer in Siegel's thriller Charley Varrick (1973).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse (2)

Ida Johnson (1954 - 27 April 1982) (his death)
Frances McHugh (1938 - 1953) (her death)

Trivia (1)

He was survived by his third wife, Ida Johnson.

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