Ted de Corsia
|Ted de Corsia|
de Corsia in The Enforcer
Edward Gildea De Corsia|
September 29, 1903
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
April 11, 1973 (aged 69)|
Encino, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Resting place||Cremated remains scattered at sea|
|Occupation||Radio, film, television actor|
Mary Robertson (1934–35; divorced)|
Rachel Thurber (1939–19??; divorced); 2 children
Ted de Corsia (September 29, 1903 – April 11, 1973) was an American radio, film, and television actor best remembered for his role as a gangster who turned state's evidence in the film The Enforcer (1951).
De Corsia was a member of the cast of Blackstone Plantation. He starred in the title role on Mike Hammer and played Sergeant Velie on The Adventures of Ellery Queen. He also voiced roles on Family Theater, The March of Time, Cavalcade of America, Gang Busters, and The Shadow.
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He made his movie debut in Orson Welles' The Lady from Shanghai and went on to make a career playing villains and gangsters in 1940s and 1950s films including The Naked City (1948), The Enforcer (1951), Crime Wave (1954), The Big Combo (1955), The Killing (1956), Baby Face Nelson, and Slightly Scarlet (1956), The Joker is Wild (1957).
In his last film, The Outside Man with Ann-Margret and Angie Dickinson, his character, the mobster Victor, is killed off early in the film, but he later appears as his embalmed corpse, posed in a chair, holding a cigar.
In the late 1950s and 1960s, he appeared in a number of television series, mostly westerns. He was featured on three episodes of the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason, including the episodes "The Case of the Drifting Dropout" (1964), in which he played murder victim Mort Lynch, and "The Case of the Positive Negative" (1966), in the role of murder victim George Emory. Other television appearances included The Californians, The Lone Ranger, Maverick, Tales of Wells Fargo, Sugarfoot, Jefferson Drum, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Frontier Doctor, Mackenzie's Raiders, Riverboat, Tate, The Twilight Zone, " Sea Hunt", 'Lawman, Stoney Burke, Rawhide, Daniel Boone, Gunsmoke, The Dakotas, I Dream of Jeannie, Get Smart, Zane Grey Theater and The Outer Limits ("The Inheritors", 1964).
|1947||The Lady from Shanghai||Sidney Broome|
|1948||The Naked City||Willie Garzah|
|1949||The Life of Riley||Norman|
|Neptune's Daughter||Lukie Luzette|
|It Happens Every Spring||Manager Jimmy Dolan|
|Mr. Soft Touch||Rainey|
|Cargo to Capetown||Rhys|
|Three Secrets||Del Prince|
|1951||The Enforcer||Joe Rico|
|Vengeance Valley||Herb Backett|
|A Place In The Sun||Judge R.S. Oldendorff|
|Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison||Warden Ben Rickey|
|New Mexico||Acoma - Indian Chief|
|Crazy Over Horses||Duke|
|1952||Captain Pirate||Capt. Easterling|
|The Savage||Iron Breast|
|The Turning Point||Harrigan|
|1953||Man in the Dark||Lefty|
|Ride, Vaquero!||Sheriff Parker|
|Hot News||Dino Rizzo|
|Crime Wave||'Doc' Penny|
|1954||20,000 Leagues Under the Sea||Capt. Farragut|
|1955||The Big Combo||Ralph Bettini|
|Man with the Gun||'Frenchy' Lescaux|
|Slightly Scarlet||Solly Caspar|
|The Steel Jungle||Steve Marlin|
|The Kettles in the Ozarks||Professor|
|Mohawk||Indian Chief Kowanen|
|The Killing||Patrolman Randy Kennan|
|Showdown at Abilene||Dan Claudius|
|Dance with Me, Henry||Big Frank|
|1957||Gunfight at the O.K. Corral||Shanghai Pierce|
|The Lawless Eighties||Grat Bandas|
|The Midnight Story||Lt. Kilrain|
|The Joker is Wild||Georgie Parker|
|Gun Battle at Monterey||Max Reno|
|Man on the Prowl||Detective|
|Baby Face Nelson||Rocca|
|1958||Handle with Care||Sam Lawrence|
|South Seas Adventure||Supplemental Narration||Voice|
|Enchanted Island||Capt. Vangs|
|The Buccaneer||Capt. Rumbo|
|1957-1958||Official Detective||Ellis / Lt. Evans||2 episodes|
|1959||Inside the Mafia||Augie Martello|
|1960||Oklahoma Territory||Chief Buffalo Horn|
|Noose for a Gunman||Jack Cantrell|
|From the Terrace||Mr. Ralph W. Benziger|
|1962||It's Only Money||Patrolman|
|1964||The Quick Gun||Jud Spangler|
|Blood on the Arrow||Jud|
|1965||The Money Trap||Police captain||Uncredited|
|1966||Nevada Smith||Hudson (bartender)|
|1967||The King's Pirate||Capt. McTigue|
|1968||5 Card Stud||Eldon Bates|
|1970||The Delta Factor||Ames|
|1972||The Outside Man||Victor||(final film role)|
- Key, Pierre V.R. (ed.) (1933). Pierre Key's Radio Annual (PDF). Pierre Key Publishing Corporation. p. 218. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
- "Harry Wismer Off On Sports Trek". Brownwood Bulletin. November 25, 1953. p. 6. Retrieved May 7, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Whistling Clown Sunday Mystery". Harrisburg Telegraph. March 2, 1940. p. 18. Retrieved May 7, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Grunwald, Edgar A. (1938). Variety Radio Directory. Variety, Inc. p. 1284.
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