Edit

Biography

Jump to: Overview (4) | Mini Bio (1) | Spouse (2) | Trivia (7)

Overview (4)

Date of Birth 9 September 1915Bloomington, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 10 June 1993Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, USA  (suicide)
Birth NameJohn Richard Webb
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Richard Webb was born on September 9, 1915 in Bloomington, Illinois, USA as John Richard Webb. He was an actor, known for Captain Midnight (1954), Border Patrol (1959) and Out of the Past (1947). He was married to Florence and Elizabeth Sterns. He died on June 10, 1993 in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Elizabeth Sterns (14 September 1942 - ?) (divorced) (2 children)
Florence (? - 10 June 1993) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (7)

His most recognized role was as the star of the 1950s TV series Captain Midnight (1954), based on the long-running radio program of the same name. His young fans could join his "Secret Squadron" and receive decoder rings and other premiums from Ovaltine and other show sponsors.
He committed suicide after suffering a long-term, debilitating respiratory illness.
Left a suicide note when the actor who suffered from failing health shot himself in his Van Nuys, CA home.
Wrote books about psychic phenomena and the occult including "Great Ghosts of the West," "These Came Back" and "Flight Without Wings."
He and wife Florence had two daughters: Richelle and Patricia.
In 1952, Webb landed the role of "Captain Midnight" in the TV series of the same name, Captain Midnight (1954), earning the hero worship of kids everywhere -- and the animosity of the "Captain Midnight" producers when he refused to drink the sponsor's product, Ovaltine, in public because he hated the taste.
Durably handsome support actor in a number of crime yarns, westerns and film noir of the late 40s and early 50s.

See also

Other Works | Publicity Listings | Official Sites | Contact Info

Contribute to This Page