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|Born||Robert Wesley Addy
August 4, 1913
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
|Died||December 31, 1996
Danbury, Connecticut, U.S.
|Other names||Wes Addy|
|Spouse(s)||Celeste Holm (1961–1996)|
Robert Wesley Addy (August 4, 1913 – December 31, 1996) was an American actor.
Life and career
Addy was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Maren S. and John R. Addy. He played many roles on the Broadway stage, including several Shakespearean ones, usually opposite actor Maurice Evans. After playing two roles in one of Evans's productions of Hamlet, he played Horatio opposite Evans's Hamlet in a 1953 Hallmark Hall of Fame television production of the work, the most prestigious American production of the play seen on television up to that time.
Also on television he played roles on The Edge of Night in the 1950s. He made two guest appearances on Perry Mason: Alton Brent in the 1962 episode, "The Case of the Weary Watchdog," and murderer Joachim DeVry in the 1966 episode, "The Case of the Tsarina's Tiara." Later, during the 1970s-1980s, he played publisher Bill Woodard on Ryan's Hope and patriarch Cabot Alden on the Agnes Nixon-Douglas Marland serial Loving.
In motion pictures, Addy's career spanned four decades. Robert Aldrich used him as supporting actor in several pictures, such as Kiss Me Deadly, The Big Knife (both 1955), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) and The Grissom Gang (1971). In 1976, Addy appeared in Paddy Chayefsky's Network, directed by Sidney Lumet. They would work together again in The Verdict, in which Addy played a doctor who nearly derails Paul Newman's case against a hospital for malpractice. Another of Addy's best-remembered roles was that of Lt. Commander Alvin Kramer, who unsuccessfully tries to warn American officials of the impending attack on Pearl Harbor in Tora! Tora! Tora!.
- The First Legion (1951) – Father John Fulton
- My Six Convicts (1952) – Actor
- Kiss Me Deadly (1955) – Lt. Pat Murphy
- The Big Knife (1955) – Horatio "Hank" Teagle
- Time Table (1956) – Dr. Paul Brucker
- The Garment Jungle (1957) – Mr. Paul
- Ten Seconds to Hell (1959) – Wolfgang Sulke
- What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) – Marty Mc Donald
- 4 for Texas (1963) – Winthrop Trowbridge
- Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) – Sheriff Luke Standish
- Seconds (1966) – John
- Mister Buddwing (1966) – Dice Player
- Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) – Lt. Cmdr. Alvin D. Kramer
- The Grissom Gang (1971) – John P. Blandish
- Network (1976) – Nelson Chaney
- The Europeans (1979) – Mr. Wentworth
- The Verdict (1982) – Dr. Towler
- The Bostonians (1984) – Dr. Tarrant
- A Modern Affair (1995) – Ed Rhodes
- Harvest of Fire (1996) – Bishop Levi Lapp
- Before and After (1996) – Judge Grady
- Wesley Addy at the Internet Movie Database
- Wesley Addy at the Internet Broadway Database
- Wesley Addy at AllMovie