Ted de Corsia

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Ted de Corsia
de Corsia in The Enforcer
Born Edward Gildea De Corsia
(1903-09-29)September 29, 1903
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died April 11, 1973(1973-04-11) (aged 69)
Encino, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Heart attack
Resting place
Donated to medical science
Occupation Radio, film, television actor
Years active 1947-1972

Ted de Corsia (September 29, 1903 – April 11, 1973) was an American radio, film, and television actor best remembered for his role as a gangster who turned state's evidence in the 1951 film The Enforcer (1951). In radio, he voiced roles on The March of Time, The Shadow, and Mike Hammer.

De Corsia was born in Brooklyn, New York. He made his movie debut in Orson Welles' The Lady from Shanghai and went on to make a career playing villains and gangsters in 1940s and 1950s films including The Naked City (1948), The Big Combo (1955), The Killing (1956), Baby Face Nelson, and Slightly Scarlet (1956), The Joker is Wild (1957).

In the late 1950s and 1960s, he appeared in a number of television series, mostly westerns. He was featured on three episodes of the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason, including the 1964 episode "The Case of the Drifting Dropout" when he played murder victim Mort Lynch, and "The Case of the Positive Negative" in 1966 when he played murder victim George Emory. Other television appearances included The Californians, Sugarfoot, Jefferson Drum, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Frontier Doctor, Mackenzie's Raiders, Riverboat, Tate, The Twilight Zone, Lawman, Stoney Burke, Rawhide, Daniel Boone, Gunsmoke, The Dakotas, I Dream of Jeannie and Get Smart, The Outer Limits (1964 episode "The Inheritors")

In his last film, The Outside Man with Ann-Margret and Angie Dickinson, his character, the mobster Victor, is killed off early in the film, but he later appears as his embalmed corpse, posed in a chair, holding a cigar.

He died at the age of 69 in Encino, California, from a heart attack. His body was donated to medical science upon his death.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1948 The Naked City Willie Garzah
1949 The Life of Riley
It Happens Every Spring
1951 Crazy Over Horses
A Place In The Sun
1954 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
Crime Wave 'Doc' Penny
1955 The Big Combo Bettini
1956 Slightly Scarlet
The Conqueror
The Killing
1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Shanghai Pierce
1957 The Joker is Wild Georgie Parker,(Danny Cohen)
1964 The Quick Gun Jud Spangler
1966 Nevada Smith

He was also credited as Ted DeCorsia and Ted De Corsia.


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