Tom Ewell Biography (1909-)

Born Yewell Tompkins, April 29, 1909, in Queensboro, KY; son of Samuel William and Martine (Yewell) Tompkins; married Judith Ann Abbott (a director, producer, and actress), March 18, 1946 (divorced, 1946); married Marjorie Gynne Sanborn (an advertising copywriter), April 29, 1948; children: one son. Addresses: OFFICE--267 Palos Verde Drive W., Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274.

Born Yewell Tompkins, April 29, 1909, in Queensboro, KY; died following a protracted illness, September 12, 1994, in Woodland Hills, CA. Actor. Ewell wasbest known for his portrayal of frustrated husband Richard Sherman opposite Marilyn Monroe in the film version of The Seven Year Itch, this role a repriseof his successful rendition of the character in the Broadway play. His Broadway debut was in 1934, when he played Red in They Shall Not Die, and by the time he appeared in the play The Seven Year Itch in 1952 he was well established as a comedic actor, appearing in such productions as Tobacco Road, Apple of His Eye, John Loves Mary, The Merchant of Yonkers, and Liberty Jones. In 1949 Ewell played the role of Judy Holliday's husband in the popular film Adam's Rib, and was introduced to a much wider audience, establishing himself as agifted film actor. Ewell's other film credits include A Life of Her Own, Finder's Keepers, The Girl Can't Help It, The Great Gatsby, and Easy Money. From1960 to 1961 Ewell starred in The Tom Ewell Show, a comedy series in which he portrayed a real estate agent who is controlled by the women in his life, and in the 1970s he played the regular role of Billy Truman, friend of RobertBlake's character on the series Baretta. During the early 1980s Ewell playedDoc Kullens on Best of the West.

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April 29, 1909
Queensboro, Kentucky, United States

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