from the trailer for the film Black Fury (1935).
July 17, 1905|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||February 17, 1979
Died in flight between New York and San Diego
Cause of death
|Holy Cross Cemetery (San Diego), California|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Kenny (1928-1979) (his death)|
William Gargan (July 17, 1905 – February 17, 1979) was an American film, television and radio actor.
Gargan played character roles in many Hollywood productions, including two appearances as detective Ellery Queen, but was best known for his role as Detective Martin Kane in the 1949-51 radio-television series, Martin Kane, Private Eye, sponsored by U.S. Tobacco. He also appeared as a private detective in the NBC radio show Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator, which ran from 1951 to 1955. He then starred in 39 episodes of The New Adventures of Martin Kane, a syndicated series premiering September 14, 1957, and distributed in Europe by United Artists Television for Ziv Television Programs.
On leaving school, Gargan became a salesman of bootleg whiskey to New York speakeasies and then joined a detective agency. While visiting his brother on a musical comedy stage, he was offered a stage job which he accepted. He began his stage career in Aloma of the South Seas and later his film career in Misleading Lady.
He was cast in a number of stereotypical Irish parts in films playing policemen, priests, reporters, and blustering adventurers. In 1945 he played Joe Gallagher in The Bells of St. Mary's, starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman.
Gargan's career came to an end in 1958 when he developed throat cancer, and doctors were forced to remove his larynx in 1960. Speaking through an artificial voice box, Gargan became an activist and spokesman for the American Cancer Society, often warning about the dangers of smoking.
- Lucky Boy (1929)
- Follow the Leader (1930)
- His Woman (1931)
- Partners (1931)
- The Animal Kingdom (1932)
- The Sport Parade (1932)
- Rain (1932)
- Misleading Lady (1932)
- Headline Shooter (1933)
- Aggie Appleby Maker of Men (1933)
- Night Flight (1933)
- Emergency Call (1933)
- The Story of Temple Drake (1933)
- Sweepings (1933)
- Lucky Devils (1933)
- Strictly Dynamite (1934)
- British Agent (1934)
- The Lineup (1934)
- Four Frightened People (1934)
- Black Fury (1935)
- Broadway Gondolier (1935)
- Don't Bet on Blondes (1935)
- Navy Born (1936)
- Wings Over Honolulu (1937)
- You Only Live Once (1937)
- The Crowd Roars (1938)
- The Devil's Party (1938)
- The Housekeeper's Daughter (1939)
- Star Dust (1940)
- Isle of Destiny (1940)
- They Knew What They Wanted (1940) Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
- Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941)
- Keep 'Em Flying (1941)
- The Mayor of 44th Street (1942)
- Miss Annie Rooney (1942)
- Swing Fever (1943)
- No Place for a Lady (1943)
- Midnight Manhunt (1945)
- The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
- Behind Green Lights (1946)
- Swell Guy (1946)
- Till the End of Time (1946)
- Reinehr, Robert C. and Swartz, Jon D. (2010). The A to Z of Old Time Radio. Scarecrow Press. p. 107.
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