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Wesley Addy Biography (1913-1996)
Born August 4, 1913, in Omaha, NE; son of John R. and Maren S. Addy; marriedCeleste Holm (an actress), May 22, 1966. Addresses: AGENT--Lionel Larner Ltd., 130 W. 57th Street, New York, NY 10019.
Born August 4, 1913, in Omaha, NE; died December 31, 1996, in Danbury, CT. Actor. A former economics major at the University of California Los Angeles, Addy's stage debut in Panic (1935) was with a young Orson Welles. He also starred with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in Romeo and Juliet, in which he played Benvolio. Addy returned to acting after serving in World War II and spent most of his time on Broadway, starring in Another Part of the Forest (1947)by Lillian Hellman, Herman Wouk's The Traitor (1949), and Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical South Pacific (1961). He also appeared in several films from1951 to 1984 with major roles in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), and Network (1976). Addy did occasional television workin the 1970s, primarily appearing in the daytime dramas Ryan's Hope, The Edge of Night, and The Days of Our Lives.
- Birth Details
- August 4, 1913
- Omaha, Nebraska, United States
- Death Details
- December 31, 1996
- Danbury, Connecticut, United States
- BROADWAY DEBUT--Chorus, Panic, Imperial Theatre, 1935.
- Wedding guest, How Beautiful with Shoes, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1935.
- Marcellus and Fortinbras, Hamlet, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1936.
- Earl of Salisbury, Richard II, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1937.
- Bernardo and Fortinbras, Hamlet, St. James Theatre, 1938.
- Hotspur, Henry IV, Part One and Melvin Lockhart, Summer Night, both St. James Theatre, 1939.
- Benvolio, Romeo and Juliet, 51st Street Theatre, New York City, 1940.
- Orsino, Twelfth Night, St. James Theatre, 1940.
- Haemon, Antigone and James Mavor Morell, Candida, both Cort Theatre, 1946.
- Benjamin Hubbard, Another Part of the Forest, Fulton Theatre, New York City, 1947.
- old Cardinal, Galileo, American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) Experimental Theatre Company, Maxine Elliott's Theatre, New York City, 1947.
- Harry, The Leading Lady, National Theatre, New York City, 1948.
- Professor Allen Carr, The Traitor, 48th Street Theatre, New York City, 1949. Supervisor of Weights and Measures, The Enchanted, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1950.
- Edgar, King Lear, National Theatre, 1950.
- Ladislaus Oros, S.J., The Strong Are Lonely, Broadhurst Theatre, New YorkCity, 1953.
- Mr. Henry Brougham, The First Gentleman, Belasco Theatre, New York City,1957.
- narrator, Oedipus Rex, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1959.
- Commander W. Harbison, South Pacific, City Center Theatre, 1961.
- Mihail Alexandrovich Rakitin, A Month in the Country, Maidman Playhouse,New York City, 1963.
- George Henderson, Affairs of State, La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA, 1964, then Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, 1966.
- Mr. Joseph Chamberlain, The Right Honourable Gentleman, Huntington Hartford Theatre, Los Angeles, 1967.
- James Mavor Morell, Candida, Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, Lakewood,OH, 1969, then Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1970. Papa, Mama, Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY, 1972.
- Pastor Manders, Ghosts, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1973.
- Sam Pleasant, And Nothing But, Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock, NY, 1975.
- Becket, Murder in the Cathedral, Church of the Heavenly Rest, New York City, 1977.
- Dr. Lucius Bingham, The Stitch in Time, ANTA Theatre, New York City, 1981.
- Forbes Marston, Curtains!, Westbeth Theatre Center, New York City, 1981.
- the Man, With Love and Laughter, Harold Clurman Theatre, New York City, 1982.
- Also appeared in The Grass Is Greener and Not Even in Spring, both Ivanhoe Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1966; Captain Brassbound's Conversion, Pasadena Playhouse, 1966; with the Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, PA, 1972; in King Learand Under the Gaslight, both Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, 1974.
- Dwight Babcock, Mame, U.S. cities, 1967-68.
- the Man, With Love and Laughter, U.S. cities, 1963.
- Also appeared in An Evening of the Theatre in Concert, international cities, 1966-67; The Irregular Verb, To Love, U.S. cities, 1973.
- FILM DEBUT--Father John Fulton, The First Legion, United Artists, 1951.
- Hank Teagle, The Big Knife, United Artists, 1955.
- Pat Chambers, Kiss Me Deadly, United Artists, 1955.
- Brucker, Timetable, United Artists, 1956.
- Mr. Paul, The Garment Jungle, Columbia, 1957.
- Sulke, Ten Seconds to Hell, United Artists, 1959.
- director, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Warner Brothers, 1962.
- Trowbridge, Four for Texas, Warner Brothers, 1963.
- sheriff, Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1964.
- dice player, Mister Buddwing (also known as Woman Without a Face), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966.
- John, Seconds, Paramount, 1966.
- Lieutenant Commander Alvin O. Kramer, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1970.
- John P. Blandish, The Grissom Gang, National General/Cinerama, 1971.
- Nelson Chaney, Network, United Artists, 1976.
- Mr. Wentworth, The Europeans, Levitt-Pickman, 1979.
- Dr. Towler, The Verdict, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982.
- Dr. Tarrant, The Bostonians, Almi, 1984.
Credits;TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Dr. Hugh Campbell, The Edge of Night, CBS, 1958-59.
- Bill Woodard, Ryan's Hope, ABC, 1977-78.
- Cabot Alden, Loving, ABC, 1983--.
- Also The Days of Our Lives, NBC, 1973.
- MINI-SERIES Andrew Jackson, The Adams Chronicles, PBS, 1976.
- Dr. Livingston, The Love Boat, ABC, 1977.
- Narrator, "The Brick and the Rose," Television Workshop, CBS, 1960.
- Dr. Rahm, "The Brain of Colonel Barham," The Outer Limits, ABC, 1965.
- Also Slattery's People, CBS, 1965; The Fugitive, ABC, 1965; Perry Mason,CBS, 1966; I Spy, NBC, 1966; Twelve O'Clock High, ABC, 1966; Love on a Rooftop, ABC, 1967; The Doctor (also known as The Visitor), NBC; Short, Short Drama, NBC.
- Middleton, Tail Gunner Joe, NBC, 1977.
- Abner Parker, Rage of Angels, NBC, 1983.
- Mr. Smith, "Meet Me in St. Louis," Summer Fun, ABC, 1966.
- Who's Who in Hollywood, two volumes, Facts on File, 1992.
- Los Angeles Times, January 4, 1997, p. A20.
- Washington Post, January 5, 1997, p. B8.
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