Walter Myron McCormick|
February 8, 1908
Albany, Indiana, U.S.
July 30, 1962 (aged 54)|
New York City, New York, U.S.
Early life and education
Born in Albany, Indiana, in 1908, Walter Myron McCormick was the middle child of Walter P. and Bessie M. McCormick's three children. His father, according to the federal census of 1920, was a native of Illinois and a manufacturer of tinware. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and Princeton University. At the latter he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society, gained experience in musical theater, and graduated magna cum laude.
McCormick was the only cast member of the Broadway smash South Pacific to remain with the show for all 1,925 performances. He won a Best Supporting Performance (Actor) Donaldson Award for 1948-1949 and a 1950 Tony Award for Actor, Supporting or Featured (Musical) for his portrayal of sailor Luther Billis. He later was featured on Broadway from 1955-1957 in the military comedy No Time for Sergeants and repeated his role as Sergeant King for the 1958 film version starring Andy Griffith.
His other Broadway credits include 27 Wagons Full of Cotton (1954), Joy to the World (1947), Soldier's Wife (1944), Storm Operation (1943), The Damask Cheek (1942), Lily of the Valley (1941), Thunder Rock (1939), In Clover (1937), The Wingless Victory (1936), Hell Freezes Over (1935), How Beautiful with Shoes (1935), Substitute for Murder (1935), Paths of Glory (1935), and Carry Nation (1932).
McCormick portrayed Charlie, the partner of pool shark "Fast Eddie" Felson (Paul Newman) in The Hustler (1961). He also appeared in The Man Who Understood Women, Jigsaw, Jolson Sings Again and The Fight for Life. His screen debut came in Winterset.
Radio and television
McCormick became a featured performer in the soap opera Buck Private and His Girl and in many popular radio dramas of the 1940s. He also made guest appearances on numerous television programs of the 1950s/early 1960s, including The Untouchables, Naked City, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Donna Reed Show, Way Out and The Iceman Cometh (1960 TV production). McCormick was also known for his portrayal of "Colonel Ralph Bryant" in the 1949 movie Jolson Sings Again.
- Winterset (1936) - Carr
- ...One Third of a Nation... (1939) - Sam Moon
- The Fight for Life (1940) - The Interne
- China Girl (1942) - Shorty McGuire
- USS VD: Ship of Shame (1942) - Exec. Officer McGregor (uncredited)
- Jigsaw (1949) - Charles Riggs
- Jolson Sings Again (1949) - Ralph Bryant
- Three for the Show (1955) - Mike Hudson
- Not as a Stranger (1955) - Dr. Snider
- No Time for Sergeants (1958) - Sgt. Orville C. King
- The Man Who Understood Women (1959) - Preacher
- The Hustler (1961) - Charlie Burns
- A Public Affair (1962) - Sam Clavell
- Digital copy of original enumeration page from "The Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, Albany Town, Delaware County, Indiana, January 2, 1920. United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Washington, D.C. FamilySearch, a genealogical on-line database and public service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
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- "Myron McCormick Says Once He Was Five Men in One Play". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. November 29, 1942. p. 27. Retrieved September 29, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
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- "Noted Actor McCormick Dies At 54". Tucson Daily Citizen. Arizona, Tucson. Associated Press. July 31, 1962. p. 32. Retrieved September 28, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. P. 122.
- "Myron McCormick, Actor, Dies of Cancer". The Terre Haute Star. Indiana, Terre Haute. Associated Press. July 31, 1962. p. 8. Retrieved September 28, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.