Maurice Tarplin

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Maurice Tarplin (April 1, 1911, Boston, Massachusetts - May 12, 1975) was a novelist and a radio actor best known as the narrator of The Mysterious Traveler, employing a voice once described as "eerily sardonic."[1]


Tarplin was also a familiar voice as Dr. Weird on The Strange Dr. Weird and Inspector Faraday on Boston Blackie. He was heard on numerous other shows, including The Shadow, Theater Five, The March of Time (as Winston Churchill),[2] Gangbusters and various soap operas. He played Los Angeles District Attorney Richard Hanley on The Guiding Light. On Myrt and Marge he played Barnie Belzer, and he was in several episodes of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet.

Tarplin's novel, Seven Casks of Death, was published in the June 1948 issue of Dime Mystery Magazine.

In later years, Tarplin did voiceovers for TV commercials and worked on the English language soundtracks for foreign films. He was married to Grace Tarplin and had two boys.

His first marriage was to Catharine Selby Flygare in 1933. This marriage produced no children and ended during WWII. She died on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 at the age of 100.


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