Edward Norris in trailer for "They Won't Forget" (1937)
|Born||Septimus Edward Norris
March 10, 1911
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||December 18, 2002
Fort Bragg, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||June Satterlee (1942-1943), Ann Sheridan (1936–1938; divorced)
Lona Andre (1935–1935; divorced)
Virginia Bell Hiller (1927–1932; divorced); 1 child
Edward Norris (March 10, 1911 – December 18, 2002) was an American film actor.
Septimus Edward Norris was born in 1911, the son of a prominent gynecologist. (A newspaper article says, "his father was a famous surgeon and chief of staff at the city's [Philadelphia] largest hospital." He grew up in Philadelphia. At age 16, he dropped out of the Culver Military Academy to marry a socially prominent physician's daughter, Virginia Bell Hiller, and took a job as a reporter.
Norris made his television debut in 1951 with two appearances on Fireside Theater.
During the course of his 12-year span on television he made two guest appearances on Perry Mason: "The Case of the Fiery Fingers" (1958) and "The Case of the Tarnished Trademark" (1962). He ended his film and television career the following year when he appeared on an episode of The Third Man, titled "Ghost Town".
After Hiller, Norris was married to actresses Ann Sheridan and Lona Andre. On July 21, 1942, newspaper columnist Harrison Carroll reported that Norris "eloped to Arizona Saturday with an new Hollywood beauty who gave her name as Jane Doe." Another newspaper report said, "An affidavit on file testified that the girl's correct name was Jane Doe." The bride's real name was revealed by columnist Jimmie Fidler on July 30, 1942: "The girl Edward Norris married and introduced to reporters as 'Jane Doe' is June Satterlee, ex-night club hatcheck looker. She's to make a picture to be titled Meet Jane Doe." In March 1943, Norris was granted a divorce from Satterlee "after testifying that she married him solely to further her career in pictures."
Norris died on December 18, 2002 at Fort Bragg, California.
|1933||Queen Christina||Count Jacob||uncredited|
|1935||Teacher's Beau||Ralph Wilson|
|1936||Magnificent Brute||Hal Howard|
|1937||They Won't Forget||Robert Perry Hale|
|1938||Boys Town||Joe Marsh|
|1939||The Gorilla||Jack Marsden|
|1940||Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet||Dr. Morgenroth|
|1941||Angels with Broken Wings||Steve Wilson|
|1942||The Great Impersonation||Captain Francois Bardinet|
|The Lady Has Plans||Frank Richards|
|The Mystery of Marie Roget||Marcel Vigneaux|
|1943||You Can't Beat the Law||Johnny Gray|
|1944||Men on Her Mind||Jeffrey Wingate|
|Career Girl||Steve Dexter|
|1949||Forgotten Women||Andy Emerson|
|The Wolf Hunters||Paul Lautrec|
|1953||The Man from the Alamo||Mapes|
|Murder Without Tears||Warren Richards|
- "Majestic". Shamokin News-Dispatch. Pennsylvania, Shamokin. May 23, 1942. p. 10. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Granted Divorce". The Post-Register. Idaho, Idaho Falls. Associated Press. March 30, 1943. p. 10. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Carroll, Harrison (July 21, 1942). "'Oomph' Girl's Ex-Mate Takes Second". The Salt Lake Tribune. Utah, Salt Lake City. International News Service. p. 16. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Weds Jane Doe". Santa Cruz Sentinel. California, Santa Cruz. July 23, 1942. p. 14. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Fidler, Jimmie (July 30, 1942). "Jimmie Fidler". The Monroe News-Star. Louisiana, Monroe. p. 4. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Actor Divorced". Kingsport Times. Tennessee, Kingsport. Associated Press. March 31, 1943. p. 1. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Crack Shot". The Havre Daily News. Montana, Havre. August 25, 1944. p. 3. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Tildesley, Alice L. (January 1, 1939). "Actors Don't Make Good Racing Pilots". The Lincoln Star. Nebraska, Lincoln. Ledger Syndicate. p. 34. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
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