Jerome Courtland

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Jerome Courtland
Jerome Courtland 1967.jpg
Courtland in Death Valley Days in 1967
Born (1926-12-27)December 27, 1926
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
Died March 1, 2012(2012-03-01) (aged 85)
Santa Clarita Valley, California, U.S.
Resting place
Occupation Actor
Years active 1942-1993
Spouse(s) Polly Bergen (1950-1955) (divorced)
Janet Rose Gumprecht (1955-?) (divorced) 5 children
Marlene Juttner (1984-2012) (his death)

Jerome Courtland (December 27, 1926 – March 1, 2012) was an American actor, director and producer. He acted in films in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, and in television in the 1950s and 1960s. Courtland also appeared on Broadway in the musical, "Flahooley" in the early 1950s. He was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He directed and produced television series in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He served in the Pacific Theater of World War II.

In 1951 Courtland starred on Broadway as the romantic lead in the very short-lived musical, "Flahooley" with Barbara Cook. 1957, he starred in six episodes of ABC's Disneyland in the miniseries "The Saga of Andy Burnett", the story of a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, man who comes west to the Rocky Mountains. The Burnett role was an attempt by Walt Disney to follow up on the success of the first television miniseries, Davy Crockett. In 1958, he guest starred in an episode of the television Western series The Rifleman. His voice was heard singing the title song during the credits in the movie Old Yeller. In 1959 he played the role of Army Lt. Henry Nowlan in the Disney film Tonka. Also that year he narrated the Disney short "Noah's Ark", nominated for an Oscar the following year for Best Short Subject (Cartoon).[1] In 1975, he produced the Walt Disney film, Ride a Wild Pony.[2] He was one of two producers of the partly animated 1977 Disney movie Pete's Dragon.[1] He was the producer for Escape to Witch Mountain in 1975.

Courtland died on March 1, 2012 of heart disease in the Santa Clarita Valley, California.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Minovitz, Ethan (March 6, 2012). "Jerome Courtland, 85, was "Pete's Dragon" producer". Big Cartoon News. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ Bettles, Robert (December 22, 1976). "Insight with a boy and his pony". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 16. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 

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