Tod Andrews (November 10, 1914 - November 7, 1972) was an American actor on the stage, screen, and television. Born in New York, he was raised in California. He studied acting and journalism at Washington State College.
Andrews began his career at the Pasadena Playhouse and moved to New York City to appear onstage. After being discovered there by Jack L. Warner, head of Warner Brothers Studios, Andrews was offered a screen test, which led to a movie career. Andrews acted with the Margo Jones Company in New York City from 1944 to 1948, when he was spotted by Joshua Logan. When Henry Fonda left the title role in the Broadway play Mister Roberts, Logan gave Andrews the part.
His television performances included a starring role from 1957 to 1958 in the syndicated series of the American Civil War, The Gray Ghost, based on the heroic Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby.
In 1961, Andrews attempted suicide, just days before the opening of a new play titled A Whiff of Melancholy. After recovering, he returned to films in 1965, appearing as Captain Tuthill in Otto Preminger's World War II action blockbuster In Harm's Way. He was cast in two episodes of the CBS sitcom, The Andy Griffith Show and in the 1962 series finale, "The Hoax," of the ABC adventure series, Straightaway, starring Brian Kelly and John Ashley.
In 1968, Andrews appeared on film in Ted Post's Hang 'Em High as a defense attorney. Two years later, he worked again with Post in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, as James Franciscus's dying commanding officer, Colonel 'Skipper' Maddox. In 1973, Andrews played the President of the United States in the made-for-TV political thriller The President's Plane Is Missing. His final screen appearance was as a doctor in the chiller The Baby, which was also released in 1973.
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