Tom Drake

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Tom Drake
Tom Drake in Meet Me in St Louis trailer.jpg
from the trailer for the film Meet Me in St. Louis (1944).
Born Alfred Sinclair Alderdice
August 5, 1918
Brooklyn, New York, US
Died August 11, 1982, (age 64)
Torrance, California, US
Other names Richard Alden
Occupation Actor
Years active 1938–1978
Spouse(s) Isabelle Dunn (1945–1946) (divorced)

Tom Drake (August 5, 1918 – August 11, 1982), born Alfred Sinclair Alderdice[1] in Brooklyn, New York, was an American actor. Drake made films starting in 1940 and continuing until the mid-1970s, and also made TV acting appearances.[2]


Drake was excused from serving in World War II due to heart problems.[2] Despite this limitation, he did act in British training films. He got his break after starring in the 1942 Broadway smash Janie,[3] after which he was signed to a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He began his film career using the name Richard Alden.[4]

After a number of films, Drake co-starred with Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) as John Truett, the boy next door. He appeared in more than forty films in all, including Mrs. Parkington (1944), The Green Years (1946), Cass Timberlane (1947), as composer Richard Rodgers in the loosely-based biography Words and Music (1948) and, in a role at the opposite end of the character spectrum from John Truett, as the leader of a gang of criminals in Warlock (1959). He also had a minor role in the movie The Singing Nun (1966), playing Ed Sullivan's producer Mr. Fitzpatrick.

From 1950 thereafter, Drake had roles in numerous television series, such as NBC's Cimarron City and Banacek, ABC's 77 Sunset Strip, Land of the Giants and The Streets of San Francisco, CBS's Perry Mason and Lassie.

Personal life[edit]

Tom Drake was married to Isabelle Dunn during the 1940s.


Drake died of lung cancer on August 11, 1982. He is interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.[1]



  1. ^ a b Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 162. ISBN 9780786450190. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Classic Images bio. Retrieved 11th December 2008
  3. ^ Replacement Cast information for Janie at Internet Broadway Database
  4. ^ Room, Adrian (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 153. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 

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