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Bowman in We Were Dancing (1942)
December 28, 1914|
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||December 25, 1979
Brentwood, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||heart attack|
|Spouse(s)||Helene Rosson Bowman (?-1979) (his death) (2 children)|
|Children||Lucien Lee Bowman Jr.
Helene Russon Harper
Lee Bowman (December 28, 1914 – December 25, 1979) was an American film and television actor. According to one obituary, "his roles ranged from romantic lead to worldly, wisecracking lout in his most famous years".
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bowman dropped out of the University of Cincinnati Law School to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He was spotted by a Paramount agent and went to Hollywood in 1934, but was not used at first. Instead he worked as a radio singer and appeared in stock plays including The Old Lady Shows His Medals.
The lack of leading men in World War Two was a boost to Bowman's career and he costarred with Rita Hayworth in Cover Girl and Jean Arthur in The Impatient Years. According to a film writer at the time, "his Hollywood career has not been spectacular but has gained him a large following". He signed to Columbia.
The Impatient Years was a hit and Bowman was described in late 1944 as "now a very hot commodity in Hollywood".
However he never quite progressed beyond supporting female stars and his status as a leading man faded.
Bowman was a much in demand radio actor, and worked on Broadway.
After making his TV debut in The Silver Theatre in 1950, he appeared regularly on television including several guest appearances in the television series Robert Montgomery Presents and Playhouse 90.
In his later career, Bowman was a pioneer in developing media training for the Republican leadership in Washington. In 1969 he was hired by the Nixon administration to help freshman representatives and politicians from marginal districts with their delivery, content and staging. (The job was described as being similar to Robert Montgomery's work with Dwight Eisenhower.) He also served as Master of Ceremonies for the 1968 and 1972 conventions.
From 1974 until his death, he was Chairman of the Kingstree Group, an international consulting firm, which offers communication advice to business and political leaders all over the world. Kingstree's global headquarters is now located in London, England. Bowman was responsible for developing the 'conversational' approach to spoken communication, which is recognized today as the only successful model for business and political presentations and media interviews.
For fifteen years Bowman was communications consultant for Bethleham Steel Corp.
Bowman was married to Helene Rosson, Victor Fleming's step daughter. Their son, also called Lee Bowman, continued with the Kingstree Group. Bowman also had a step daughter from an early marriage by Rosson.
- I Met Him in Paris (1937)
- Sophie Lang Goes West (1937)
- This Way Please (1937)
- Internes Can't Take Money (1937)
- The Last Train from Madrid (1937)
- Clarence (1937)
- Easy Living (1937)
- Having a Wonderful Time (1938)
- The First Hundred Years (1938)
- Next Time I Marry (1938)
- Tarnished Angel (1938)
- A Man to Remember (1938)
- Fast and Furious (1939)
- The Great Victor Herbert (1939)
- Love Affair (1939)
- Miracles for Sale (1939)
- Dancing Co-Ed (1939)
- Society Lawyer (1939)
- The Lady and the Mob (1939)
- Stronger Than Desire (1939)
- Gold Rush Maisie (1940)
- Florian (1940)
- Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)
- Wyoming (1940)
- Buck Privates (1941)
- Design for Scandal (1941)
- Model Wife (1941)
- Married Bachelor (1941)
- Washington Melodrama (1941)
- Tish (1942)
- Pacific Rendezvous (1942)
- We Were Dancing (1942)
- Kid Glove Killer (1942)
- Three Hearts for Julia (1942)
- Bataan (1943)
- Up in Mabel's Room (1944)
- Cover Girl (1944)
- The Impatient Years (1944)
- She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945)
- Tonight and Every Night (1945)
- The Walls Came Tumbling Down (1946)
- Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman (1947)
- My Dream is Yours (1949)
- House by the River (1950)
- There's a Girl in My Heart (1950)
- Youngblood Hawke (1964)
Select Theatre Credits
- The Magic and the Loss
|1952||Cavalcade of America||A Thousand to One|
|1953||Cavalcade of America||The Secret Road|
- Lee Bowman, Actor; Was a Star in Movies And TV Ellery Queen: Did Serious Roles on Broadway New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 28 Dec 1979: A20.
- Biography at Ellery Queen fan site
- New Film for Jean Arthur Like 'More the Merrier' By Frank Daugherty Special to The Christian Science Monitor. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current file) [Boston, Mass] 21 Apr 1944: 5.
- A NICE GUY: This Co. B corporal may be eating K rations by now. But oh, the memory of that lunch with Lee Bowman in Hollywood SHER, CORPORAL JACK. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 31 Dec 1944: E10.
- Aaker, Everett (2006). Encyclopedia of Early Television Crime Fighters. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6409-8. P. 61.
- Actor Lee Bowman Dies; Suave Star of Films, TV Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 31 Dec 1979: 10.
- Lee Bowman, Actor, to Coach G.O.P. Speakers on TV Style New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 22 July 1969: 13.
- It's the way you tell 'em, says speech guru: [1GB Edition] Oldfield, Claire. Sunday Times [London (UK)] 18 June 2000: 14.
- Kirby, Walter (November 30, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 48. Retrieved June 14, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Kirby, Walter (March 8, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 46. Retrieved June 23, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
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