William Gargan (1905–1979)

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William Gargan was an American actor, better known for playing fictional detectives Ellery Queen, Martin Kane, and Barrie Craig. He was once nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Gargan was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City. He attended St. James School in Brooklyn. While he was the younger brother of actor Edward ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Story of Temple Drake Stephen Benbow
Rain Sergeant O'Hara
Headline Shooter Bill Allen
The Line-Up Bob Curtis


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 1958 Pursuit (TV Series)
- Ticket to Tangier (1958) ... Mooney
 1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Con McTaggart
- The McTaggart Succession (1958) ... Con McTaggart
 1957-1958 The New Adventures of Martin Kane (TV Series)
Martin Kane
- The Lady Killer Story (1958) ... Martin Kane
- The Brother Story (1958) ... Martin Kane
- The Amnesia Story (1958) ... Martin Kane
- The Violin Story (1957) ... Martin Kane
- The Taxi Story (1957) ... Martin Kane
 1956 The Rawhide Years
Marshal Sommers
 1956 Miracle in the Rain
Harry Wood
 1955 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Officer Bragan
- Man on the Ledge (1955) ... Officer Bragan
 1955 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
- Favorite Son (1955) ... Father
 1955 Mr. Citizen (TV Series)
Bill Hennessey
- A Present for Mary (1955) ... Bill Hennessey
 1954 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (TV Series)
- Lost Lullaby (1954)
 1954 Danger (TV Series)
- An Angel of Clay (1954)
 1949-1951 Martin Kane (TV Series)
Martin Kane
- Old Major's Murder (1951) ... Martin Kane
- Hotel Con Game (1951) ... Martin Kane
- Altered Will (1951) ... Martin Kane
- The Fortune Teller (1951) ... Martin Kane
- The Face of the Inventor (1951) ... Martin Kane
 1949 Dynamite
'Gunner' Peterson
 1948 Waterfront at Midnight
Mike Hanrohan
 1948 The Argyle Secrets
Harry Mitchell
 1946 Swell Guy
Martin Duncan
 1946 Till the End of Time
Sgt. Gunny Watrous
 1946 Hot Cargo
Joe Harkness
 1946 Rendezvous 24
Agent Larry Cameron
 1946 Murder in the Music Hall
Inspector Wilson
 1946 Night Editor
Police Lt. Tony Cochrane
 1946 Strange Impersonation
Dr. Stephen Lindstrom
 1946 Behind Green Lights
Lt. Sam Carson
 1945 Follow That Woman
Sam Boone
 1945 The Bells of St. Mary's
Joe Gallagher - Patsy's father
 1945 Midnight Manhunt
Pete Willis
 1945 Song of the Sarong
Drew Allen
 1945 She Gets Her Man
'Breezy' Barton
 1944 The Canterville Ghost
Sergeant Benson
 1943 Swing Fever
'Waltzy' Malone
 1943 Harrigan's Kid
Tom Harrigan
 1943 No Place for a Lady
Jess Arno
 1942 Who Done It?
Police Lt. Lou Moran
 1942 Destination Unknown
Briggs Hannon - aka Terry Jordan
 1942 Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
 1942 The Mayor of 44th Street
Tommy Fallon
 1942 Miss Annie Rooney
Tim Rooney
 1942 A Close Call for Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
 1942 Bombay Clipper
James Montgomery 'Jim' Wilson
 1942 Sealed Lips
Lee Davis
 1941 Keep 'Em Flying
Craig Morrison
 1941 I Wake Up Screaming
Jerry MacDonald
 1941 Flying Cadets
'Trip' Hammer
 1941 Cheers for Miss Bishop
Sam Peters
 1940 Sporting Blood
 1940 Turnabout
Joel Clare
 1940 Star Dust
Dane Wharton
 1940 Isle of Destiny
'Stripes' Thornton
 1940 Double Alibi
Walter Gifford
 1939 The Housekeeper's Daughter
Ed O'Malley
 1939 Three Sons
Thane Pardway
 1939 The House of Fear
Arthur McHugh
 1939 Women in the Wind
Ace Boreman
 1939 Broadway Serenade
 1939 The Adventures of Jane Arden
Ed Towers
 1939 Within the Law
 1938 Personal Secretary
Marcus 'Mark' Farrell
 1938 The Crowd Roars
Johnny Martin
 1938 The Devil's Party
Mike O'Mara
 1938 The Crime of Doctor Hallet
Dr. Jack Murray
 1937 You're a Sweetheart
Fred Edwards
 1937 Some Blondes Are Dangerous
George Regan
 1937 Behind the Mike
George Hayes
 1937 She Asked for It
Dwight Stanford
 1937 Reported Missing!
Steve Browning
 1937 Wings Over Honolulu
Lieutenant Jack Furness
 1937 Breezing Home
Steve Rowan
 1937 You Only Live Once
Father Dolan
 1936 Flying Hostess
Hal Cunningham
 1936 Lucky Corrigan
Bruce Corrigan
 1936 Alibi for Murder
Perry Travis
 1936 Blackmailer
Peter Cornish
 1936 Navy Born
Lt. Red Furness
 1936 Sky Parade
Speed Robertson
 1936 The Milky Way
Speed McFarland
 1936 Man Hunt
Hank Dawson
 1935 Things Are Looking Up
Van Gaard
 1935 Bright Lights
Dan Wheeler
 1935 Broadway Gondolier
Cliff Stanley
 1935 Don't Bet on Blondes
 1935 Black Fury
 1935 Traveling Saleslady
Pat O'Connor
 1935 A Night at the Ritz
Duke Regan
 1934 British Agent
Bob Medill
 1934 Strictly Dynamite
George Ross
 1934 The Line-Up
Bob Curtis
 1934 Four Frightened People
Stewart Corder
 1933 Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men
Red Branahan
 1933 Night Flight
Brazilian Pilot
 1933 Headline Shooter
Bill Allen
 1933 Emergency Call
Steve Brennan
 1933 The Story of Temple Drake
Stephen Benbow
 1933 Sweepings
Gene Pardway
 1933 Lucky Devils
Bob Hughes
 1932 The Animal Kingdom
'Red' Regan
 1932 The Sport Parade
Johnny Baker
 1932 Rain
Sergeant O'Hara
 1932 The Misleading Lady
 1931/I Partners (Short)
 1931 His Woman (uncredited)
 1930 Follow the Leader
A Gangster
 1929 Lucky Boy
Actor in Outer Office (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: The War Song. Written by Sam Spewack, Bella Spewack, and George Jessel. Directed by Albert Lewis. National Theatre: 24 Sep 1928- Dec 1928 (closing date unknown/80 performances). Cast: Ted Athey, Harry Bass, T.F. Benson, Shirley Booth, Clyde Franklin, William Gargan (as "Priv. James Perkins"), Lieut. Hans Golle, Gene Raymond (as... See more »

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Bill Gargan


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Early in his career, between acting jobs, he got a job selling bootleg whiskey to New York City speakeasies. He was partnered, and began a lifelong friendship, with another aspiring actor named Dave Chasen, who later became a famous restaurateur and opened up the famed Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood. See more »



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