Frank Fenton (actor)
|Frank Fenton (Moran)|
Frank Fenton in Lady of Burlesque (1943)
April 9, 1906|
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Died||July 24, 1957
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Respiratory failure|
|Spouse(s)||Queenie Bilotti (m. 1934–1948) 2 children|
|Children||Alicia and Honoree|
Frank Fenton Moran (April 9, 1906 – July 24, 1957), known as Frank Fenton, was an American stage, film and television actor.
Born Francis Fenton Moran, the Georgetown University graduate lettered as a tackle on the school's football team. He also was active in Georgetown's undergraduate dramatic club, for which he directed and wrote plays.
Fenton started his career on stage in New York, acting on Broadway in An American Tragedy (1926) billed as Frank Moran. As Frank Fenton, he starred in the Broadway versions of Susan and God with Gertrude Lawrence and as George Kittredge in The Philadelphia Story (1939) alongside Katharine Hepburn. His other Broadway credits include Stork Mad, O Evening Star, Dead End, and The O'Flynn. He also appeared on stage in London, and toured with Katherine Cornell in Romeo & Juliet and other plays.
Fenton's film debut came in The Navy Comes Through (1942). After moving to Hollywood for Barbara Stanwyck's Lady of Burlesque (1943), the Hartford, Connecticut native appeared in more than 80 movies and television programs. Although the majority of his motion picture career was spent in supporting roles, he starred alongside John Carradine in Isle of Forgotten Sins (1943), which was re-issued as Monsoon.
He is often confused—in print and online—with screenwriter and novelist Frank Fenton (1903 - August 23, 1971). The actor dropped his last name early in his career to avoid confusion with other well-known Morans in New York City, including prizefighter Frank Moran, drama reporter Frank Moran, and George Moran of the popular comedy team Moran and Mack.
- Destiny (1944)
- Rustlers (1949)
- The Doolins of Oklahoma (1949)
- The Golden Stallion (1949)
- The Lawless (1950)
- Gun the Man Down (1956)
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- Los Angeles Times, June 6, 1948, Pg. 7
- Los Angeles Times, July 26, 1957, Pg. C10
- New York Times, July 26, 1957, Pg. 19
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- "Frank Fenton, TV Actor, Dies". Independent. California, Long Beach. Associated Press. July 26, 1957. p. C-3. Retrieved February 16, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
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