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|Born||John Regis Toomey
August 13, 1898
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
|Died||October 12, 1991
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Alma mater||University of Pittsburgh|
|Occupation||Stage, film, and television actor|
|Spouse(s)||Kathryn Scott Toomey
John Regis Toomey (August 13, 1898 – October 12, 1991) was an American film and television actor.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was one of four children of Francis X. and Mary Ellen Toomey and attended Peabody High School. He initially pondered a law career, but acting won out and he established himself as a musical stage performer.
Educated in dramatics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he became a brother of Sigma Chi, Toomey began as a stock actor and eventually made it to Broadway. Toomey was a singer on stage until throat problems (acute laryngitis) while touring in Europe stopped that aspect of his career. In 1929, he appeared in his first films, initially starting out as a leading man, but finding more success as a character actor, sans his toupee.
Toomey appeared in over 180 films, including classics such as The Big Sleep with Humphrey Bogart. In the 1954-1955 television season, Toomey appeared as Joe Mulligan, a police officer in Los Angeles and the father of the Mickey Rooney character Mickey Mulligan, in NBC's short-lived sitcom, The Mickey Rooney Show: Hey, Mulligan.
In 1956, Toomey was cast as the Reverend Arnold Grumm in the episode "Lifeline" of the religion anthology series, Crossroads. That same year, he appeared as a judge, with Chuck Connors as "Andy", in the third episode, "The Nevada Nightingale", of another anthology series, The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial, which aired on NBC. Toomey thereafter appeared as the character "Harry" in the 1960 episode "The Doctor and the Redhead", with Dick Powell and Felicia Farr, of CBS's The DuPont Show with June Allyson.
In the 1961–1962 television season, he appeared in a supporting role with George Nader in the syndicated crime drama Shannon about insurance investigators. About this time he appeared on the NBC western series, The Tall Man, starring Barry Sullivan and Clu Gulager. He also made two guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of murderer Sam Crane in the 1960 episode, "The Case of the Loquacious Liar."
From 1963–1966, Toomey was one of the stars of the ABC crime drama, Burke's Law, starring Gene Barry. He played Sergeant Les Hart, one of the detectives assisting the murder investigations of the millionaire police captain Amos Burke. Toomey also appeared in the CBS western series, Rawhide episode "Incident of the Tinkers Dam" as TJ Wishbone. He guest-starred on dozens of television programs, including the popular "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres" episode of ABC's Maverick.
In 1968, after the death of Bea Benaderet who played Kate Bradley, Toomey played a transitional role in the CBS series, Petticoat Junction. Appearing as Dr. Stuart, who cared for the citizens of Hooterville, the character decided to take on a partner in his medical practice. Dr. Janet Craig, played by June Lockhart, was introduced as the new female lead for the show in the episode "The Lady Doctor".
Toomey died at age 93 on October 12, 1991.
- Alibi (1929)
- Framed (1930)
- Street of Chance (1930)
- Other Men's Women (1931)
- Murder by the Clock (1931)
- Graft (1931)
- Under 18 (1931)
- 24 Hours (1931)
- Shopworn (1932)
- Murder on the Blackboard (1934)
- G Men (1935)
- Shadows of the Orient (1935)
- Back in Circulation (1937)
- The Invisible Menace (1938)
- The Phantom Creeps (1939 serial)
- Union Pacific (1939)
- Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939) uncredited
- Thunder Afloat (1939)
- His Girl Friday (1940)
- Northwest Passage (1940)
- 'Til We Meet Again (1940)
- North West Mounted Police (1940)
- Arizona (1940)
- Meet John Doe (1941)
- Dive Bomber (1941)
- They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
- You're in the Army Now (1941)
- The Nurse's Secret (1941)
- Tennessee Johnson (1942)
- Adventures of the Flying Cadets (1943 serial)
- Destroyer (1943)
- Phantom Lady (1944)
- Follow the Boys (1944)
- The Doughgirls (1944)
- Song of the Open Road (1944)
- Spellbound (1945)
- Follow That Woman (1945)
- The Big Sleep (1946)
- The Guilty (1947)
- The Bishop's Wife (1947)
- The Big Fix (1947)
- Raw Deal (1948)
- Station West (1948)
- The Boy with Green Hair (1948)
- Mighty Joe Young (1949)
- Come to the Stable (1949)
- The Devil's Henchman (1949)
- Beyond the Forest (1949)
- Cry Danger (1951)
- Show Boat (1951)
- My Pal Gus (1952)
- Island in the Sky (1953)
- The High and the Mighty (1954)
- Drums Across the River (1954)
- Guys and Dolls (1955)
- The Last Sunset (1961)
- Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
- Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)
- Gunn (1967)
- Change of Habit (1969)
- Regis Toomey at the Internet Movie Database
- Regis Toomey at the TCM Movie Database
- Regis Toomey at Find a Grave