November 10, 1914
or November 10, 1920
Buffalo, New York
|Died||November 7, 1972, age 57
Los Angeles, California
|Other names||Michael Ames
|Alma mater||Washington State College|
|Spouse(s)||Gloria Folland (divorce)
Alice Hooker (divorce)
Karolyn Rainwater (his death)
|Parent(s)||Henry Rowland Andrews and Lynda Anderson|
Tod Andrews (November 10, 1914 – November 7, 1972) (Another source gives Andrews' birth date as November 10, 1920.) was an American actor on the stage, screen, and television. Born in New York, he was raised in California.
Andrews began his career as Michael Ames 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.
On Broadway, Andrews played in Summer and Smoke (1948-1949) and A Girl Can Tell. 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).
After recovering from a suicide attempt in 1961, 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 the 1973 chiller The Baby, which was 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."
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.
Andrews was married three times, to Gloria Folland, Alice Hooker, and Karolyn Rainwater. The first two marriages ended in divorce, and he was married to Rainwater when he died. In 1961, Andrews attempted suicide, just days before the opening of a new play titled A Whiff of Melancholy.
Tod Andrews died of a heart attack November 6, 1972, in Los Angeles, California, three days before his 58th birthday. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. He was survived by his wife, Karolyn Rainwater, three children, and his parents.
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