Tod Andrews

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Tod Andrews
Born Theodore Edwin Anderson
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Died November 7, 1972
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Michael Ames
Tod Williams[1]
Alma mater Washington State College
Occupation Actor
Home town Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Spouse(s) Gloria Eleanor Folland (1947-19??; divorced)
Alice Hooker (divorced)
Karolyn Rainwater (1967–1972; his death)
Children 2
Parent(s) Henry Anderson and Lydia A. Apodaca

Tod Andrews (born Theodore Edwin Anderson; November 10, 1914[2] or 1920[3][4][5] or 1921[6] – November 7, 1972) was an American stage, screen, and television actor. His gravestone, commissioned by his family, and his first marriage registration (Washington, DC; January 13, 1947 under his birth name, Theodore Edwin Anderson, age given as 32)[7] both support the 1914 year of birth. The Social Security Death Index cites 1921, and the California Death Index cites 1920, which indicate that in addition to changing his name professionally and legally he may have shaved some years off his true age.

Early years[edit]

Theodore Edwin Anderson was born in Buffalo, New York to Henry Anderson (1891-19??) and Lydia A. Anderson (née Apodaca; later Silverman; 1898-1986), who wed in Pima, Arizona on November 18, 1913.[8] Ted and his sister, Gertrude Anderson (1916–1955), were raised in southern California; they both suffered untimely deaths and were predeceased by their mother, Lydia.[5] He graduated from Los Angeles High School and Washington State College.[9]



Andrews began his career as Michael Ames[5] at the Pasadena Playhouse and moved to New York City to appear onstage. Andrews acted with the Margo Jones Company in New York City from 1944 to 1948, when he was spotted by Joshua Logan. When Henry Fonda left the title role in Mister Roberts, Logan gave Andrews the part in the road production.[10]

On Broadway, Andrews played in Summer and Smoke (1948-1949) and A Girl Can Tell.[11] Billed as Michael Ames, he was in Quiet, Please! (1940), My Sister Eileen (1940-1943), Storm Operation (1944), Mrs. Kimball Presents (1944), Public Relations (1944), and That Old Devil (1944).[12]


He returned to films in 1965, appearing as Captain Tuthill in Otto Preminger's World War II action blockbuster In Harm's Way. In 1968, Andrews appeared on film in Ted Post's Hang 'Em High as a defense attorney. Two years later, he worked again with Post in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, as James Franciscus's dying commanding officer, Colonel 'Skipper' Maddox. His final screen appearance was as a doctor in 1973's The Baby, also directed by Post.


Andrews' television performances included a starring role from 1957 to 1958 in the syndicated series of the American Civil War, The Gray Ghost, based on the heroic Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby. In 1959, he starred in the short-lived (13 episodes) Counterthrust, a syndicated series "in which he played a secret agent in the Far East battling Communism".[5]

He was cast in two episodes of the CBS sitcom, The Andy Griffith Show and in the 1962 series finale, "The Hoax," of the ABC adventure series, Straightaway, starring Brian Kelly and John Ashley.[citation needed]

In 1962, he portrayed the part of Holt in the episode "The Devil and the Deep Blue" on CBS's Rawhide. In 1964, he appeared in "The Bewitchin' Pool", the last original broadcast episode of The Twilight Zone. In 1973, Andrews played the President of the United States in the made-for-TV political thriller The President's Plane is Missing.[citation needed]


Andrews won a Theatre World Award in 1949 for his work in Summer and Smoke.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Andrews was married three times, to Gloria Eleanor Folland (December 3, 1921 – October 28, 1991), Alice Kirby Hooker, and Karolyn Rainwater (1943-1993). The first two marriages ended in divorce, and he was married to Rainwater when he died.[5]


Andrews died of a heart attack on November 6, 1972 in Los Angeles, California. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. He was survived by, among others, his wife Karolyn, at least two children (some sources indicate three children), and his mother. Some sources indicate his father survived him as well but his father's year of death has not been established.[5]



  1. ^ "Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood". Joplin Globe. January 20, 1949. p. 12. Retrieved October 27, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ Tod Andrews gravestone,; accessed September 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Tod Andrews: California Death Index; accessed April 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Tod Andrews". Retrieved September 23, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Aaker, Everett (2006), Encyclopedia of Early Television Crime Fighters (pp. 19-20), McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6409-8
  6. ^ Tod Andrews: Social Security Death Index
  7. ^ Theodore Edwin Anderson: District of Columbia, Marriage Records, 1810-1953; accessed April 11, 2018.
  8. ^ "Arizona, County Marriage Records, 1865-1972 for Henry Anderson". Retrieved April 11, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Star of Stage Show Coming to Bradford Has Skillful Career". The Bradford Era. October 3, 1952. p. 8. Retrieved October 26, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ "Fonda Takes 'Shore Leave'". Billboard. October 21, 1950. p. 52. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Tod Andrews". Playbill Vault. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Michael Ames". Playbill Vault. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 

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