Frank Graham (voice actor)

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Frank Graham
Born Frank Lee Graham
(1914-11-22)November 22, 1914
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died September 2, 1950(1950-09-02) (aged 35)
Hollywood, California, United States
Cause of death Suicide
Occupation Radio announcer, voice actor
Years active 1936–1950

Frank Lee Graham (November 22, 1914 – September 2, 1950) was an American radio announcer and voice actor.

Biography[edit]

Graham was born in Detroit, Michigan to Frank L. Graham and opera singer Ethel Briggs Graham. He later traveled with his mother on tour.

He attended the University of California for one year and left to begin his acting career in Seattle, both on the stage and in radio. He was brought to Hollywood in 1937 to join KNX Radio. He had been married two years before to Dorothy Jack of Seattle. He was the star of Night Cap Yarns over CBS from 1938 through 1942 and was the announcer of dozens of programs, including the Ginny Simms, Rudy Vallee and Nelson Eddy shows.

He starred in Jeff Regan, Investigator[1] and co-developed the radio drama Satan’s Watin’ with Van Des Autels. Graham was also The Wandering Vaquero, the narrator of The Romance Of The Ranchos radio series (1941–1942), also on the CBS network.

One of his few live action roles was playing the title character in the film Cosmo Jones, Crime Smasher (1943). He had also served as a writer for the radio program on which the film was based upon.

Graham played numerous characters in animated films for Walt Disney, MGM, Columbia and Warner Bros.. He voiced the Wolf in Tex Avery's Droopy cartoons, as well as the Mouse in King-Size Canary at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He provided the voices of the Fox and Crow in the eponymous-named shorts at Columbia.

He was found dead at age 35 in his convertible in the carport of his home in Los Angeles on September 2, 1950.[2] A coroner declared he had committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Main Street" (PDF). Radio Daily. October 18, 1949. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Frank Graham" (PDF). Broadcasting. September 11, 1950. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  • Los Angeles Times, 'Radio Star Graham Commits Suicide', September 4, 1950.

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