Louis Jean Heydt

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Louis Jean Heydt
Louis Jean Heydt in Raiders of Old California.jpg
Louis Jean Heydt in Raiders of Old California
Born (1903-04-17)April 17, 1903
Montclair, New Jersey, U.S.
Died January 29, 1960(1960-01-29) (aged 56)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California
Alma mater Worcester Academy
Dartmouth College
Occupation Actor of film, television, and theater
Years active 1933-1960
Spouse(s) Leona Maricle Heydt (1928-?)
Dora Heydt

Louis Jean Heydt (April 17, 1903 – January 29, 1960) was an American character actor in film, television and theatre, most frequently seen in hapless, ineffectual, or fall-guy roles.[1]

Early life[edit]

Heydt was born in 1903 (not 1905, as many sources have it) in Montclair, New Jersey, the son of German parents George Frederick Heydt, a jeweler and the secretary and executor for Louis Comfort Tiffany,[2] and the former Emma Foerster.[3][4]

He was educated at Worcester Academy and Dartmouth College. He initially wanted to be a journalist and worked as a reporter for The New York World. Heydt received his start in the theatre while visiting a classmate backstage while The Trial of Mary Dugan was in rehearsal. As an actual reporter, he caught the attention of the producers and was offered the role of a reporter in the play. He made his stage debut therein and went on to appear in a dozen plays, including Strictly Dishonorable, Before Morning and Happy Birthday.[5] He also played in the London company of The Trial of Mary Dugan.[6]

Film and TV career[edit]

In the 1930s, Heydt traveled to Hollywood, where he appeared in over a hundred films, most notably Gone With the Wind (1939), The Great McGinty (1940), Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) and The Big Sleep (1946).

Heydt moved early into television, initially taking roles in basic Westerns and related programs such as outlaw Tom Horn on the 1950s western television series Stories of the Century, starring and narrated by Jim Davis. He was cast in the 1955 series Waterfront.

Heydt appeared in eleven episodes of Richard Carlson's 1958-1959 western series, Mackenzie's Raiders. Other "raiders" were played by Morris Ankrum, Jack Ging, and Brett King.[7][8]

Heydt guest starred on the Adventures of Superman, Treasury Men in Action, Cavalcade of America, TV Reader's Digest, Crossroads, Lux Video Theatre, Fury, The Man from Blackhawk, Wagon Train, and Maverick.

Personal life and death[edit]

Heydt married Leona Maricle, an actress in the Broadway company of The Trial of Mary Dugan, on August 13, 1928.[9]

Heydt died of a heart attack on January 29, 1960, in Boston, where he collapsed immediately after leaving the stage following the first scene of a pre-Broadway performance of the play, There Was a Little Girl, in which he appeared opposite Jane Fonda. Actor Joseph Curtiss carried him to his dressing room, but it was apparent that he had died instantly.[10] Heydt's understudy, William Adler, finished the performance and the run.[11]

Heydt was survived by his wife Donna Hanor.[12] He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.[13]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "LOUIS JEAN HEYDT BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY" Matinee Classics. 8-23-2013.
  2. ^ The New York Times, January 29, 1933
  3. ^ The New York Times, June 10, 1914
  4. ^ The New York Times, August 18, 1928
  5. ^ New York Times, January 30, 1960
  6. ^ The New York Times, August 18, 1928
  7. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  8. ^ Billy Hathorn, "Roy Bean, Temple Houston, Bill Longley, Ranald Mackenzie, Buffalo Bill, Jr., and the Texas Rangers: Depictions of West Texans in Series Television, 1955 to 1967", West Texas Historical Review, Vol. 89 (2013), pp. 112-113
  9. ^ The New York Times, August 18, 1928
  10. ^ Tucson Daily Citizen, January 30, 1960, p. 2
  11. ^ The New York Times, January 30, 1960
  12. ^ Tucson Daily Citizen, January 30, 1960, p. 2
  13. ^ "Louis Jean Heydt (1903 - 1960) - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2016-07-13. 

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