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Andrew Tombes (1885–1976)

You'd think with a last name like that, character player Andrew Tombes was doomed to play gravediggers in horrors or coroners in crime drama. Not usually, and when he did, it was often played for laughs. Born June 29, 1885 in Ohio, he was an athletic sort who played a lively, talented game of college baseball at Phillips-Exeter Academy but the ... See full bio »

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Known For

Phantom Lady Bartender
Sing and Be Happy Thomas Lane
Riding on Air Eddie Byrd
Hoppy's Holiday Mayor Patton


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 1956 The Go-Getter
Mr. Symington
 1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
- God in the Street (1956) ... Pender
 1955 How to Be Very, Very Popular
Police Sgt. Moon
 1953 The Life of Riley (TV Series)
Doc Fishblow
- Riley, the Animal Lover (1953) ... Doc Fishblow
 1953 My Little Margie (TV Series)
 1952 Racket Squad (TV Series)
Mr. Millhaver
- Blessed Expense (1952) ... Mr. Millhaver
 1952 I Dream of Jeanie
R.E. Howard
 1952 Oklahoma Annie
Mayor of Eureka
 1951 Belle Le Grand
Cartwright (uncredited)
 1950 Watch the Birdie
Doctor (uncredited)
 1950 The Jackpot
Attorney Pritchett (uncredited)
 1950 A Wonderful Life (Short)
Harry Jenkins
 1949 Oh, You Beautiful Doll
Ted Held
 1948 Two Guys from Texas
The Texan
 1947 My Wild Irish Rose
Herman Baxter - Bartender (uncredited)
 1947 Louisiana
 1947 Christmas Eve
 1947 Hoppy's Holiday
Mayor Patton
 1947 Copacabana
Anatole Murphy (uncredited)
 1947 The Fabulous Dorseys
De Witt (uncredited)
 1947 The Devil Thumbs a Ride
Joe Brayden, Night Watchman
 1947 Beat the Band
'Professor' Enrico Blanchetti / Mr. Dillingham
 1946 Sing While You Dance
 1946 Badman's Territory
Doc Grant
 1946 Two Sisters from Boston
Recording Session Director (uncredited)
 1945 Frontier Gal
Judge Prescott
 1945 Don't Fence Me In
 1945 Incendiary Blonde
Hadley (uncredited)
 1945 You Came Along
 1945 Rhapsody in Blue
Mr. Million
 1945 Patrick the Great
Sam Bassett
 1945 G.I. Honeymoon
Rev. Horace
 1945 Bring on the Girls
Dr. Spender
 1945 Night Club Girl
 1944 Can't Help Singing
Sad Sam
 1944 Lake Placid Serenade
Skating Club Head
 1944 Something for the Boys
Southern Colonel (uncredited)
 1944 Murder in the Blue Room
Dr. Harry Carroll
 1944 Goin' to Town
 1944 The Singing Sheriff
 1944 San Fernando Valley
Cyclone Kenyon
 1944 The Merry Monahans
Osborne (uncredited)
 1944 Reckless Age
Mr. Cook
 1944 Kansas City Kitty
Judge (uncredited)
 1944 Bathing Beauty
Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
 1944 Show Business
Judge (uncredited)
 1944 Week-End Pass
 1944 Phantom Lady
 1943 His Butler's Sister
 1943 The Mad Ghoul
 1943 Riding High
P.D. Smith (uncredited)
 1943 Swing Fever
Dr. Clyde L. Star
 1943 My Kingdom for a Cook
Abe Mason (uncredited)
 1943 Crazy House
Horace L. Gregory
 1943 I Dood It
Mr. Spelvin
 1943 Let's Face It
Judge Henry Clay Pigeon
 1943 Hi Diddle Diddle
 1943 Honeymoon Lodge
Judge Wilkins
 1943 Coney Island
Horace Carter (uncredited)
 1943 Du Barry Was a Lady
Mr. McGowan (uncredited)
 1943 It's a Great Life
Insurance Agent (uncredited)
 1943 A Stranger in Town
Roscoe Swade
 1943 It Ain't Hay
Big-Hearted Charlie
 1943 Hi'Ya Chum
Jerry MackIntosh, Cook
 1943 The Meanest Man in the World
Judge (uncredited)
 1943 Reveille with Beverly
Mr. Smith (uncredited)
 1942 Road to Morocco
Oso Bucco (uncredited)
 1942 Between Us Girls
 1942 My Gal Sal
 1942 A Night Before Christmas
Oscar Engelhart
 1942 Obliging Young Lady
First Train Conductor
 1942 Call Out the Marines
Mr. Woods (uncredited)
 1942 Blondie Goes to College
J.J 'Snookie' Wadsworth
 1942 Don't Get Personal
James M. Snow
 1941 Bedtime Story
 1941 Hellzapoppin'
Max Kane (uncredited)
 1941 Louisiana Purchase
Dean Albert Manning
 1941 Down Mexico Way
Mayor Tubbs
 1941 Texas
 1941 Last of the Duanes
Sheriff Frank Taylor
 1941 A Dangerous Game
Silas Biggsby (as Andrew Toombes)
 1941 World Premiere
 1941 Lady Scarface
Art Seidel - hotel detective
 1941 Mountain Moonlight
Sen. Marvin
 1941 Caught in the Draft
Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
 1941 Sis Hopkins
 1941 Melody for Three
Mickey Delany
 1941 Double Date
Judge Perkins
 1941 Meet John Doe
 1941 A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob
Bus Conductor (uncredited)
 1941 Take the Air (Short)
 1941 Meet the Chump
 1941 The Wild Man of Borneo
'Doc' Dunbar
 1940 Screw Drivers of 1940 (Short)
Mr. Screwdriver (as Andy Tombes)
 1940 Charter Pilot
 1940 Melody and Moonlight
Promoter (uncredited)
 1940 Third Finger, Left Hand
Mr. Kelland (uncredited)
 1940 Captain Caution
Sad Eyes
 1940 In Old Missouri
 1940 Alex in Wonderland (Short)
Mr. J.D. Swinnerton
 1940 Village Barn Dance
James Rutherford Sr.
 1940 Wolf of New York
Sylvester Duncan
 1939 Money to Burn
 1939 Balalaika
Wilbur Allison (uncredited)
 1939 Nick Carter, Master Detective
Robinson (uncredited)
 1939 Too Busy to Work
Wilbur Wentworth
 1939 What a Life
Professor Abernathy
 1939 Boy Trouble
Mr. Svively
 1938 Thanks for Everything
 1938 Men of Steel (Short)
J.J. Stevens
 1938 Always in Trouble
J. C. Darlington
 1938 Five of a Kind
Dr. Bruno
 1938 Vacation from Love
Judge Brandon
 1938 A Desperate Adventure
Cosmo Carrington
 1938 One Wild Night
Police Chief William Nolan
 1938 Romance on the Run
J.W. Ridgeway
 1938 Battle of Broadway
Judge Hutchins
 1938 Sally, Irene and Mary
Judge Wyler
 1938 Everybody Sing
Smith - The Gary Society Man (uncredited)
 1937 Checkers
Tobias Somers
 1937 45 Fathers
 1937 Big City
Inspector Matthews (as Andrew J. Tombes)
 1937 Meet the Boy Friend
J. Ardmore Potts
 1937 Easy Living
E.J. Hulgar
 1937 Riding on Air
Eddie Byrd
 1937 Sing and Be Happy
Thomas Lane
 1937 Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Police Chief Scott
 1937 Turn Off the Moon
Dr. Wakefield
 1937 Fair Warning
J.C. Farnham
 1937 Time Out for Romance
James Blanchard
 1937 The Holy Terror
Commander J.J. Otis
 1936 The Devil Is a Sissy
Muldoon - a Policeman (uncredited)
 1936 Stage Struck
Burns Heywood
 1936 Hot Money
 1936 Ticket to Paradise
 1936 Half Angel
Jury Foreman (uncredited)
 1936 The Country Beyond
Sen. Rawlings
 1936 Here Comes Trouble
 1936 It Had to Happen
 1936 King of Burlesque
 1935 Thanks a Million
Mr. Grass
 1935 Music Is Magic
Ben Pomeroy
 1935 Here Comes Cookie
 1935 Doubting Thomas
Huxley Hossefrosse
 1934 Moulin Rouge
 1933 Broadway Thru a Keyhole
Sidney - Columnist (uncredited)
 1933 The Bowery
Shill (uncredited)
 1931 Knocking them Cold (Short)
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Other Works:

No Foolin' (1926). Musical revue. Music by Rudolf Friml. Lyrics by Gene Buck, Irving Caesar and Ballard MacDonald. Featuring songs by James Hanley. Book by J.P. McEvoy and James Barton. Musical Director: Alfred Goodman. Music orchestrated by Charles Grant, Steven Jones, Will Vodery and Emil Gerstenberger. Music arranged by ... See more »

Alternate Names:

Andrew J. Tombes | Andy Tombes | Andrew Toombes


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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Despite his rather morose last name, Tombes was a natural comedian -- a minstrel, vaudeville comic, and musical revue player long before he arrived in films in 1933. See more »

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