Edward Norris

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Edward Norris
Edward-norris-trailer.jpg
Edward Norris in trailer for "They Won't Forget" (1937)
Born Septimus Edward Norris
(1911-03-10)March 10, 1911
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died December 18, 2002(2002-12-18) (aged 91)
Fort Bragg, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1933–1963
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.

Early years[edit]

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."[1] 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.

Television[edit]

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".

Military service[edit]

Norris was a flying instructor in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.[2]

Personal life[edit]

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."[3] Another newspaper report said, "An affidavit on file testified that the girl's correct name was Jane Doe."[4] 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."[5] In March 1943, Norris was granted a divorce from Satterlee "after testifying that she married him solely to further her career in pictures."[6]

Norris was an avid shooter and "won many ribbons and trophies in skeet matches throughout the country."[7] He was also a licensed pilot.[8]

Death[edit]

Norris died on December 18, 2002 at Fort Bragg, California.

Selected filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
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
1946 Decoy Jim Vincent
1949 Forgotten Women Andy Emerson
The Wolf Hunters Paul Lautrec
1953 The Man from the Alamo Mapes
Murder Without Tears Warren Richards

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Majestic". Shamokin News-Dispatch. Pennsylvania, Shamokin. May 23, 1942. p. 10. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ "Granted Divorce". The Post-Register. Idaho, Idaho Falls. Associated Press. March 30, 1943. p. 10. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ 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.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Weds Jane Doe". Santa Cruz Sentinel. California, Santa Cruz. July 23, 1942. p. 14. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ Fidler, Jimmie (July 30, 1942). "Jimmie Fidler". The Monroe News-Star. Louisiana, Monroe. p. 4. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Actor Divorced". Kingsport Times. Tennessee, Kingsport. Associated Press. March 31, 1943. p. 1. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ "Crack Shot". The Havre Daily News. Montana, Havre. August 25, 1944. p. 3. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ 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.  open access publication – free to read

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