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|Born||Carver Dana Andrews
January 1, 1909
Covington County, Mississippi, U.S.
|Died||December 17, 1992
Los Alamitos, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Janet Murray (m. 1932–35); her death; one child
Mary Todd (m. 1939–92); his death; three children
|Children||David Andrews (1933-1964)
Katharine Andrews (b. 1942)
Stephen Andrews (b. 1944)
Susan Andrews (b. 1948)
Steve Forrest (actor), brother
Carver Dana Andrews (January 1, 1909 – December 17, 1992) was an American film actor. He was one of Hollywood's major stars of the 1940s, and continued acting, though generally in less prestigious roles, into the 1980s. One of his best-known roles, and the one for which he received the most praise, was as war veteran Fred Derry in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).
He was born Carver Dana Andrews on a farmstead outside Collins, Covington County, Mississippi, the third of thirteen children of Charles Forrest Andrews, a Baptist minister, and his wife Annis (née Speed). The family subsequently moved to Huntsville, Texas, and that town was the birthplace of his younger siblings, including future Hollywood actor Steve Forrest (born William Forrest Andrews).
Dana Andrews attended college at Sam Houston State University and also studied business administration in Houston, Texas. In 1931, he traveled to Los Angeles, California, seeking opportunities as a singer. He worked at various jobs, including pumping gas in 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), starring Gary Cooper. He was also memorable as the gangster in the 1941 comedy Ball of Fire, again teaming with Gary Cooper. In the 1943 movie adaptation of The Ox-Bow Incident with Henry Fonda, often cited as one of his best films, he played a lynching victim. His signature roles came as an obsessed detective in Laura (1944) opposite Gene Tierney, and as a U.S. Army Air Force officer returning home from the war in the Oscar-winning 1946 film The Best Years of Our Lives. Both films became classics. In 1945, he co-starred with Jeanne Crain in the musical State Fair. In 1947, he was voted the 23rd most popular star in the U.S.
He played a brutal cop in Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950), also with Tierney. Around this time, alcoholism began to derail Andrews' career, and on a couple of occasions it nearly cost him his life on the highway. By the middle 1950s, Andrews was acting almost exclusively in B-movies. A handful of films he starred in during the late 1950s, however, contain memorable work. Two movies for Fritz Lang in 1956, While the City Sleeps and Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, and two for Jacques Tourneur, Night of the Demon (1957) and The Fearmakers (1958), are well regarded.
From 1952 to 1954, Andrews starred 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. In 1963, he was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild. Andrews later appeared in a leading 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, Andrews playing a businessman pilot who has a heart attack and crashes his plane into a 747 that Zimbalist is flying.
In the 1970s, Andrews was active in real estate, telling a newspaper reporter, "I have one hotel that brings me in $200,000 a year."
Andrews married Janet Murray on New Year's Eve, 1932. Their son David (1933–1964) was a musician and composer who died from a cerebral hemorrhage. Janet Andrews died in 1935 of pneumonia. On November 17, 1939, he married actress Mary Todd, by whom he had three children, Katharine, Stephen and Susan. For two decades the family lived in Toluca Lake.
Andrews eventually brought his alcoholism under control and worked actively with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. In 1972, he appeared in a television public service advertisement on the subject.
He spent his final years living at the John Douglas French Center for Alzheimer's Disease in Los Alamitos, California.
- Lucky Cisco Kid (film 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 Twilight Zone: "No Time Like the Past" (1963) as Paul Driscoll
- 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
- Night Gallery: "The Different Ones" (1971) as Paul Koch (segment "The Different Ones")
- 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 Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries: "Assault on the Tower" (1978) as Townley
- The Pilot (1980) as Randolph Evers
- Falcon Crest (TV series, 2 episodes) (1982/1983) as Elliot McKay
- Prince Jack (1985) as The Cardinal (Last appearance)
|1948||Lux Radio Theatre||The Luck of the Irish|
|1952||Hallmark Playhouse||The Secret Road|
|1953||Theater of Stars||The Token|
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