Olan Soule Biography (1909-1994)
Born February 28, 1909; died of lung cancer, February 1, 1994, in Corona, CA.Radio and television actor. Soule had long been a presence in the entertainment industry with performing credits that included nearly 7,000 radio programs and commercials, sixty films, and 200 television shows. His show business career began as a teenager in a Wisconsin touring company, and one of Soule'searly roles was as the Chinese cook "Aha" on the radio series Little Orphan Annie. Beginning in 1926, the performer began a decade-long stint as a regularon the radio soap opera Bachelor's Children. After the success of his work with a radio playhouse called First Nighter, in which he played the male leadsfor the weekly presentation of plays, Soule relocated with the show to Hollywood in 1947. He began appearing in motion pictures and his film credits included The Day the Earth Stood Still, North by Northwest, Stars and Stripes Forever, and The Towering Inferno. As the lab technician in the popular detective series Dragnet, Soule took part in the show in its radio, film, and television incarnations. Other television work included appearances on I Love Lucy,The Andy Griffith Show, Twilight Zone, My Three Sons, and Dallas. The actor was also the voice of "Batman" for the ABC-TV animated "Super Friends" and "Super Heroes" series of programs that ran from 1973 to 1983. From 1954 to 1956Soule was president of the Hollywood chapter of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and established its pension and welfare fund.
- Birth Details
- February 28, 1909
- La Harpe, Illinois, United States
- Death Details
- February 1, 1994
- Corona, California, United States
- Chicago Tribune, February 6, 1994, sec. 2, p. 6.
- Los Angeles Times, February 4, 1994, p. A24.