Everett Sloane

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Everett Sloane
in The Enforcer (1951)
Born (1909-10-01)October 1, 1909
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Died August 6, 1965(1965-08-06) (aged 55)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Resting place
Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery
Occupation Actor, songwriter, theatre director
Years active 1935–1965
Spouse(s) Lillian Herman (1933-1965; his death; 2 children)

Everett Sloane (October 1, 1909 – August 6, 1965) was an American stage, film and television actor, songwriter, voice actor and theatre director.

Early life[edit]

Born to a Jewish family in Manhattan, New York, Sloane attended the University of Pennsylvania before dropping out in order to join a theater company, but he stopped acting and became a runner on Wall Street after a number of negative stage reviews. After the stock market crash in 1929, he decided to return to the theater.


Sloane eventually joined Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre, and acted in Welles' films in roles such as Bernstein in Citizen Kane in 1941 and Arthur Bannister in The Lady from Shanghai in 1947. He played an assassin in Renaissance-era Italy opposite Welles' Cesare Borgia in Prince of Foxes (1949).

Sloane portrayed a doctor for paraplegic World War II veterans in the 1950 film The Men with Marlon Brando (in his film debut).

Sloane's Broadway theater career began with the comedy Boy Meets Girl in 1945 and ended in 1960 with From A to Z, a revue for which he wrote several songs. In between, he acted in plays such as Native Son (1941), A Bell for Adano (1944), and Room Service (1953), and directed the melodrama The Dancer (1946).

In the 1940s, Sloane was a frequent guest star on the radio theater series Inner Sanctum Mysteries and The Shadow (as comic relief Shrevie, the cab driver, among other roles), and was in The Mysterious Traveler episode "Survival of the Fittest" with Kermit Murdock. In 1953, he starred as Captain Frank Kennelly in the CBS radio crime drama 21st Precinct. In 1957, he co-starred in the ninth episode of Suspicion co-starring Audie Murphy and Jack Warden. In 1958, he played Walter Brennan's role in a remake of To Have and Have Not called The Gun Runners.

Sloane also worked extensively in television; in November 1955 he starred in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Our Cook's a Treasure"; he appeared on the NBC anthology series The Joseph Cotten Show, also known as On Trial, in the 1956 episode "Law Is for the Lovers", with co-star Inger Stevens.

On March 7, 1959, he guest-starred in an episode of NBC's Cimarron City titled "The Ratman", appearing alongside the show's star, John Smith.[1] Later that same year, Sloane appeared as a guest in "Stage Stop", the premiere episode of John Smith's second NBC western series, Laramie.[2]

In 1961, Sloane appeared in an episode of The Asphalt Jungle. In the early 1960s, he voiced the title character of The Dick Tracy Show in 130 cartoons. Beginning in 1964, he provided character voices for the animated TV series The Adventures of Jonny Quest. He also starred in the ABC sci-fi television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, in the episode "Hot Line". He wrote the unused lyrics to "The Fishin' Hole", the theme song for The Andy Griffith Show. Sloane guest starred on the show in 1962, playing Jubal Foster in the episode "The Keeper of the Flame". He starred in both the film and television versions of Rod Serling's Patterns, and in the first season of The Twilight Zone in the episode "The Fever". He guest starred as a San Francisco attorney in the 1962 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Poison Pen Pal".

Sloane appeared in Walt Disney's Zorro series in 1957–1958 as Andres Felipe Basilio, in the "Man from Spain" episodes. He also appeared in a few episodes of Bonanza.

Sloane performed renditions of passages from The Great Gatsby on the NBC program devoted to F. Scott Fitzgerald in August 1955, part of the "Biography in Sound" series on great American authors.


Sloane committed suicide at age 55 on August 6, 1965 because he feared he was going blind.[3] He is buried at Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles.

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