Ted de Corsia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Ted de Corsia
TeddeCorsia.JPG
de Corsia in The Enforcer
Born Edward Gildea De Corsia
(1903-09-29)September 29, 1903
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died April 11, 1973(1973-04-11) (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
Years active 1947–72
Spouse(s) 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).

Early years[edit]

Edward Gildea De Corsia was born in Brooklyn, New York.

Radio[edit]

De Corsia was a member of the cast of Blackstone Plantation.[1] He starred in the title role on Mike Hammer[2] and played Sergeant Velie on The Adventures of Ellery Queen.[3] He also voiced roles on Family Theater,[2] The March of Time, Cavalcade of America, Gang Busters,[4] and The Shadow.

Film[edit]

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.

Television[edit]

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).

Death[edit]

He died at the age of 69 in Encino, California, from a heart attack. His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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
1950 The Outriders Bye
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
Kismet Police Sub-altern
1956 The Conqueror Kumlek
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
Spartacus Legionnaire Uncredited
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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Key, Pierre V.R. (ed.) (1933). Pierre Key's Radio Annual (PDF). Pierre Key Publishing Corporation. p. 218. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Harry Wismer Off On Sports Trek". Brownwood Bulletin. November 25, 1953. p. 6. Retrieved May 7, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Whistling Clown Sunday Mystery". Harrisburg Telegraph. March 2, 1940. p. 18. Retrieved May 7, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ Grunwald, Edgar A. (1938). Variety Radio Directory. Variety, Inc. p. 1284. 

External links[edit]