Maurice Tarplin

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Maurice Tarplin
Born April 1, 1911
Boston, Massachusetts
Died May 12, 1975, age 64
Occupation Actor
Known for Acting on radio
Spouse(s) Catharine Selby Flygare Tarplin (1933-?)
Grace Tarplin
Children Two sons

Maurice Tarplin (April 1, 1911, Boston, Massachusetts - May 12, 1975) was a novelist and a radio actor best known as the narrator of The Mysterious Traveler, employing a voice once described as "eerily sardonic."[1]


Tarplin was a familiar voice as Dr. Weird on The Strange Dr. Weird and Inspector Faraday on Boston Blackie.[2] He was heard on numerous other shows, including Valiant Lady,[3] The Shadow, Theater Five, The March of Time (as Winston Churchill),[4] Gangbusters[5] and various soap operas. He played Los Angeles District Attorney Richard Hanley on The Guiding Light. On Myrt and Marge he played Barnie Belzer, and he was in several episodes of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet.


Tarplin's novel, Seven Casks of Death, was published in the June 1948 issue of Dime Mystery Magazine.

Television and film[edit]

In later years, Tarplin did voiceovers for TV commercials and worked on the English language soundtracks for foreign films.

Personal life[edit]

Tarplin was married to Grace Tarplin and had two boys.

His first marriage was to Catharine Selby Flygare in 1933. This marriage produced no children and ended during World War II. She died on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 at the age of 100.


  1. ^ Sullivan, Jack. The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural. New York: Viking, 1986
  2. ^ "Frederic W. Ziv Co." (PDF). Billboard. May 24, 1947. p. 9. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Buxton, Frank and Owen, Bill (1972). The Big Broadcast: 1920-1950. The Viking Press. SBN 670-16240-x. P. 249.
  4. ^ "The March Toward War"
  5. ^ "Radio Talent: New York" (PDF). Billboard. January 10, 1942. p. 9. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 

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