Dan Tobin

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Dan Tobin (October 19, 1910 – November 26, 1982) was an American supporting actor on the stage, in films and on television. He generally played gentle, urbane, rather fussy, sometimes obsequious and shifty characters, often with a concealed edge of malice.

Dan Tobin and Katharine Hepburn on Broadway in The Philadelphia Story (1939)

Early years[edit]

Tobin was a native of Cincinnati, and he attended the University of Cincinnati.[1]


Tobin acted with a touring troupe in England. After an impresario saw him in Ah, Wilderness!, he gained a role in Behind Your Back at the Strand.[1]

Tobin's most memorable roles were as the overbearing secretary, Gerald, in Woman of the Year (1942), and the top-billed scientist in Orson Welles's innovative Peabody Award-winning unsold television pilot, The Fountain of Youth, filmed in 1956 and televised once two years later as an installment of NBC's Colgate Theatre.

Tobin also played as Alexander "Sandy" Lord in the original Broadway production of Phillip Barry's The Philadelphia Story, thus starting his career on stage in 1939. His work on Broadway included American Holiday (1939).[2]

On television, Tobin was a regular on I Married Joan,[3] My Favorite Husband,[3]:729 and Where Were You?[3]:1170

The Internet Movie Database lists 96 television and film acting roles for Tobin over a career spanning from 1939 to 1977. He became a regular during the final season of Perry Mason as the proprietor of "Clay's Grill". He had made a prior appearance in 1964 as Dickens the butler in "The Case of the Scandalous Sculptor."

Personal life[edit]

Tobin was married to film and television screenwriter Jean Holloway (born Gratia Jean Casey - August 16, 1917 - November 11, 1989) from 1951 to his death in 1982.


Tobin died in Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California, in November 1982, at the age of 72. He was survived by his wife.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Invited Out!". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. November 19, 1939. p. 32. Retrieved June 17, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ "("Dan Tobin" search results)". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Archived from the original on 17 June 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 493. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. 
  4. ^ "Character actor Dan Tobin, whose career ranged from movies..." United Press International Archives. United Press International. November 28, 1982. Archived from the original on 17 June 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 

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