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|Born||Carver Dana Andrews
January 1, 1909
Near Collins, Mississippi, USA
|Died||December 17, 1992
Los Alamitos, California
|Spouse(s)||Janet Murray (m. 1932; her death 1935)
Mary Todd (m. 1939; his death 1992)
|Parent(s)||Charles Forrest and Annis Speed Andrews|
|Relatives||Steve Forrest (brother)|
Carver Dana Andrews (January 1, 1909 – December 17, 1992) was an American film actor and a major Hollywood star during the 1940s. He continued acting in less prestigious roles into the 1980s. The role for which he received the most praise, was as war veteran Fred Derry in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).
Andrews was born on a farmstead near Collins in southern Mississippi in Covington County, the third of thirteen children of Charles Forrest Andrews, a Baptist minister, and his wife, the former Annis Speed. The family relocated subsequently to Huntsville in Walker County, Texas, the birthplace of his younger siblings, including future Hollywood actor Steve Forrest.
Andrews attended college at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville and studied business administration in Houston. During 1931, he traveled to Los Angeles, California, to pursue opportunities as a singer. He worked in various jobs, such as working at a gas station in the nearby community of Van Nuys. To help Andrews study music at night, "The station owners stepped in ... with a deal: $50 a week for full-time study, in exchange for a five-year share of possible later earnings."
Andrews signed a contract with Samuel Goldwyn, and nine years after arriving in Los Angeles was offered his first movie role in William Wyler's The Westerner (1940), featuring Gary Cooper. He was also memorable as the gangster in the 1941 comedy Ball of Fire, again teaming with Cooper. For the 1943 movie adaptation of The Ox-Bow Incident with Henry Fonda, often cited as one of Andrews' best movies, he played a lynching victim. His most famous roles were as an obsessed detective in Laura (1944) with Gene Tierney, and as a U.S. Army Air Forces officer returning home from the war in the Oscar-winning 1946 movie The Best Years of Our Lives. Both movies became classics. During 1945, he co-featured with Jeanne Crain in the movie musical State Fair. During 1947, he was voted the 23rd most popular actor in the U.S.
He played a brutal police officer in Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950), also with Tierney. Around this time, alcoholism began to damage Andrews' career, and on a couple of occasions it nearly cost him his life while driving a car. By the middle 1950s, Andrews was acting almost exclusively in B-movies. However, his acting in two movies for Fritz Lang during 1956, While The City Sleeps and Beyond A Reasonable Doubt, and two for Jacques Tourneur, Night of the Demon (1957) and The Fearmakers (1958), is well regarded.
From 1952 to 1954, Andrews featured in the radio series I Was a Communist for the FBI about the experiences of Matt Cvetic, an FBI informer who infiltrated the Communist Party of the United States of America. During 1963, he was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild. Andrews later appeared in a major role as college president Tom Boswell on the NBC daytime soap opera Bright Promise from its premiere on September 29, 1969, until March 1971. In 1960 he and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. starred in The Crowded Sky. Fifteen years later, Andrews and Zimbalist appeared in Airport 1975, with Andrews playing a businessman pilot who has heart failure and crashes his airplane into a 747 that Zimbalist is flying.
Andrews married Janet Murray on December 31, 1932. Their son, David (1933–1964), was a musician and composer who died from a cerebral hemorrhage. Murray died during 1935 of pneumonia. On November 17, 1939, Andrews married actress Mary Todd, by whom he had three children: Katharine, Stephen, and Susan. For two decades, the family lived in Toluca Lake, California.
Andrews eventually controlled his alcoholism and worked actively with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. During 1972, he appeared in a television public service advertisement concerning the subject.
On December 17, 1992, fifteen days before his 84th birthday, Andrews died of congestive heart failure and pneumonia. His wife died in 2003 at the age of eighty-six.
- Lucky Cisco Kid (movie debut, 1940) as Sergeant Dunn.
- Sailor's Lady (1940) as Scrappy Wilson.
- Kit Carson (1940) as Captain John C. Fremont.
- The Westerner (1940) as Sergeant Dunn.
- Tobacco Road (1941) as Captain Tim.
- Belle Starr (1941) as Maj. Thomas Crail.
- Swamp Water (1941) as Ben.
- Ball of Fire (1941) as Joe Lilac.
- Berlin Correspondent (1942) as Bill Roberts.
- Crash Dive (1943) as Lt. Cmdr. Dewey Connors.
- The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) as Donald Martin.
- The North Star (1943) as Kolya Simonov.
- December 7th (1943) as Ghost of US Sailor Killed at Pearl Harbor.
- Up in Arms (1944) as Joe.
- The Purple Heart (1944) as Capt. Harvey Ross.
- Wing and a Prayer (1944) as Lt. Cmdr. Edward Moulton.
- Laura (1944) as Det. Lt. Mark McPherson.
- State Fair (1945) as Pat Gilbert.
- Fallen Angel (1945) as Eric Stanton.
- A Walk in the Sun (1945) as Sgt. Bill Tyne.
- Canyon Passage (1946) as Logan Stuart.
- The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) as Fred Derry.
- Boomerang (1947) as State's Atty. Henry L. Harvey.
- Night Song (1947) as Dan.
- Daisy Kenyon (1947) as Dan O'Mara.
- The Iron Curtain (1948) as Igor Gouzenko.
- Deep Waters (1948) as Hod Stillwell.
- No Minor Vices (1948) as Perry Ashwell.
- The Forbidden Street (1949) as Henry Lambert / Gilbert Lauderdale.
- Sword in the Desert (1949) as Mike Dillon.
- My Foolish Heart (1949) as Walt Dreiser.
- Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) as Det. Mark Dixon.
- Edge of Doom (1950) as Father Thomas Roth.
- Sealed Cargo (1951) as Pat Bannon.
- The Frogmen (1951) as Jake Flannigan.
- I Want You (1951) as Martin Greer.
- Assignment – Paris! (1952) as Jimmy Race.
- Elephant Walk (1954) as Dick Carver.
- Duel in the Jungle (1954) as Scott Walters.
- Three Hours to Kill (1954) as Jim Guthrie.
- Smoke Signal (1955) as Brett Halliday.
- Strange Lady in Town (1955) as Dr. Rourke O'Brien.
- Comanche (1956) as Jim Read.
- While the City Sleeps (1956) as Edward Mobley.
- Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) as Tom Garrett.
- Spring Reunion (1957) as Fred Davis.
- Zero Hour! (1957) as Lt. Ted Stryker.
- Night of the Demon (1957) as John Holden.
- The Fearmakers (1958) as Alan Eaton.
- Enchanted Island (1958) as Abner 'Ab' Bedford.
- The Crowded Sky (1960) as Dick Barnett.
- Madison Avenue (1961) as Clint Lorimer.
- The Satan Bug (1965) as Gen. Williams.
- In Harm's Way (1965) as Admiral Broderick.
- Crack in the World (1965) as Dr. Stephen Sorenson.
- Brainstorm (1965) as Cort Benson.
- Town Tamer (1965) as Tom Rosser.
- Berlin, Appointment for the Spies (1965) as Col. Lancaster.
- The Loved One (1965) as Gen. Buck Brinkman.
- Battle of the Bulge (1965) as Col. Pritchard.
- Johnny Reno (1966) as Johnny Reno.
- The Frozen Dead (1966) as Dr. Norberg.
- Hot Rods to Hell (1967) as Tom Phillips.
- Supercolpo da 7 miliardi (1967) as George Kimmins.
- The Cobra (1967) as Capt. Kelly.
- I diamanti che nessuno voleva rubare (1967) as Il gioielliere.
- The Devil's Brigade (1968) as Brig. Gen. Walter Naylor.
- The Failing of Raymond (1971) as Allan McDonald.
- Innocent Bystanders (1972) as Blake.
- Airport 1975 (1974) as Scott Freeman.
- Take a Hard Ride (1975) as Morgan.
- The Last Tycoon (1976) as Red Ridingwood.
- Good Guys Wear Black (1978) as Edgar Harolds.
- Born Again (1978) as Tom Phillips.
- The Pilot (1980) as Randolph Evers.
- Prince Jack (1985) as The Cardinal (final movie role).
- The Twilight Zone: "No Time Like the Past" (1963) as Paul Driscoll.
- Family Affair: "Wings Of An Angel" (1969) as Harv Mullen.
- Night Gallery: "The Different Ones" (1971) as Paul Koch.
- The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries: "Assault on the Tower" (1978) as Townley.
- "The Love Boat": Command Performance/Hyde and Seek/Sketchy Love (1982) as Mr. Paul Gerber. 
- Falcon Crest (TV series, two episodes) (1982/1983) as Elliot McKay.
|1948||Lux Radio Theatre||The Luck of the Irish|
|1952||Hallmark Playhouse||The Secret Road|
|1953||Theater of Stars||The Token|
1952 - 1954 I Was A Communist For The F.B.I..
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