William Lundigan

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William Lundigan
William Lundigan in The Fabulous Dorseys.jpg
Lundigan in The Fabulous Dorseys (1947)
Born(1914-06-12)June 12, 1914
DiedDecember 20, 1975(1975-12-20) (aged 61)
Resting placeHoly Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California
Years active1937–1971
Spouse(s)Rena Morgan (1945–1975; his death) 1 child

William Lundigan (June 12, 1914 – December 20, 1975) was an American film actor. His more than 125 films[1] include Dodge City (1939), The Fighting 69th (1940), The Sea Hawk (1940), Santa Fe Trail (1940), Dishonored Lady (1947), Pinky (1949), Love Nest (1951) with Marilyn Monroe, The House on Telegraph Hill (1951), I'd Climb the Highest Mountain (1951) and Inferno (1953).


Growing up in Syracuse, New York,[2] Lundigan was the oldest of four sons. His father, Michael F. Lundigan,[3] owned a shoe store (at which Lundigan worked)[4] in the same building as a local radio station, WFBL.[2] Becoming fascinated by radio, he was playing child roles on radio and producing radio plays at 16.

A graduate of Nottingham High School, Lundigan studied law at Syracuse University, earning money as a radio announcer at WFBL. He graduated and passed the bar examination before events changed his career path.[5] A Universal Pictures production chief heard Lundigan's voice, met him, arranged a screen test and signed him to a motion picture contract in 1937.[1]

Moving over to MGM, Lundigan's last film before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II was Salute to the Marines. He served as a combat cameraman in the Battle of Peleliu and the Battle of Okinawa, returning at war's end as a Corporal.[6]


In an episode of Desilu Playhouse, "K.O. Kitty", L-R: William Lundigan, Aldo Ray, and Lucille Ball (1958).

Lundigan was host for Climax! and Shower of Stars.[1] From September 30, 1959, to September 7, 1960, Lundigan portrayed Col. Edward McCauley in the CBS television series, Men into Space.

In 1961, Lundigan was cast as Nathaniel Norgate in the episode, "Dangerous Crossing", on the syndicated anthology series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Stanley Andrews. The story focuses on religious settlers who encounter outlaws operating an illegal tollgate.[7]


In 1963 and 1964, Lundigan joined fellow actors Walter Brennan, Chill Wills, and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., in making appearances on behalf of U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater, the Republican nominee in the campaign against U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.[8]

Lundigan himself waged an unsuccessful campaign for a nominally non-partisan seat on the Los Angeles City Council.[4]


Lundigan married Rena Morgan, and they had a daughter, Anastasia.[2]


Lundigan died at the age of sixty-one of apparent heart failure at Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California.[1][9]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Bill Lundigan, TV, Film Star, Dies at 61". The Kansas City Times,. December 22, 1975. p. 27. Retrieved May 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  2. ^ a b c "Home Town Gives Bill Hollywood Welcome". The Post-Standard. June 1, 1957. p. 7. Retrieved May 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  3. ^ "Bill Lundigan's Success Recipe". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. March 29, 1942. p. 38. Retrieved May 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ a b "Actor Bill Lundigan dies at 61". The Times Standard. December 22, 1975. p. 3. Retrieved May 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ "In Hollywood". The Courier-Gazette. June 14, 1951. p. 4. Retrieved May 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  6. ^ pp. 117-119 Wise, James E. & Rehill, Anne Collier Stars in the Corps: Movie Actors in the United States Marines Naval Institute Press, 1999
  7. ^ "Dangerous Crossing on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Impact of the Draft Goldwater Committee on the Republican Party". ashbrook.org(archive.org). Archived from the original on March 3, 2001. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  9. ^ "Veteran Actor Lundigan Dies". Santa Cruz Sentinel. December 22, 1975. p. 14. Retrieved May 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  10. ^ "Your Radio Today". Tucson Daily Citizen. May 31, 1951. p. 24. Retrieved May 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  11. ^ Kirby, Walter (April 20, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 46. Retrieved May 9, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access

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