Jack Moyles

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Jack Moyles (June 26, 1913 – January 16, 1973)[1] was an American actor best known for starring as cafe owner/amateur detective Rocky Jordan in the CBS radio serials A Man Named Jordan and The Adventures of Rocky Jordan.[1]

Early years[edit]

During his years in high school in San Francisco, California, Moyles played football, baseball, and tennis and sang in the school's glee club. He also had a job, which included singing, at a local radio station.[2]

Professional career[edit]

In the 1930s, Moyles worked at radio station KSFO in San Francisco, California.[3] Beginning August 24, 1937, his program, Silhouettes, (a "daily afternoon program"[4]) was carried on the CBS West Coast network.[5] In 1943, he was at KGO in San Francisco, from which he narrated Men of the Merchant Marine on the Blue Network on the Pacific Coast.[6]

Moyles began working in Hollywood, California, in radio in November 1944. His activity included narrating Real Story on ABC, playing Bullface Dickens on Get That Story on CBS, and "a variety of roles on CBS' The Whistler."[2] He also played Mel Sherwood in Hawthorne House.[7]

In 1952, Moyles starred in Douglas of the World, a transcribed series broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Service.[8]

Outside of his radio activities, Moyles developed an impersonation routine, performing at clubs in San Francisco. He also performed in more than 300 camp shows for the military during World War II.[2]

Professional organization[edit]

When the American Federation of Radio Artists was formed, Moyles was elected vice-president. Winning that election cost him his staff job at a radio station, a development that caused him to become a freelance radio actor. Moyles called that change "the best thing tha tever happened to my career."[2]


Moyles married Nida Vanderbush, who was a receptionist for CBS, in 1945.[2] They had a daughter, born March 20, 1953.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Biography for Jack Moyles". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Roberts, Lynn (October 27, 1946). "Man Named Moyles" (PDF). Radio Life. p. 39. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "San Francisco" (PDF). Radio Daily. July 18, 1937. p. 5. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Program Notes" (PDF). Broadcasting. August 15, 1935. p. 42. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "San Francisco" (PDF). Radio Daily. August 12, 1937. p. 4. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Sea Tales" (PDF). Broadcasting. May 17, 1943. p. 41. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Hawthorne House" (PDF). Radio Life. April 23, 1944. p. 26. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "AFRS Series" (PDF). Broadcasting. November 10, 1952. p. 76. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Networks" (PDF). Broadcasting. March 30, 1953. p. 101. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 

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