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Paul Tripp

Paul Tripp was born on NYC's Lower East Side on February 20, 1911. Originally he wanted to be an actor and singer in grand operas, but he had to lower his sights and perform in comic operas at local functions instead. He went to college and studied education. He graduated with a Master of Education degree. When he was unable to find any teaching jobs, he worked as a performer, scriptwriter and producer in legitimate theater, radio, nightclubs, vaudeville and burlesque. After a stint in the US Navy Signal Corps during WWII, Tripp returned to NYC, where he and his wife Ruth Enders Tripp did volunteer work for "Christian Dora House" settlement project. There the pair engaged the children in original plays that would utilize their imagination. This unique concept of teaching kids through music, stories, acting and discovery came to the attention of a talent agency. The agency heads were looking for someone to host a new children's TV show. Impressed with their educational concept, the agency heads took the show to CBS TV producer Irving Pincus, who bought the show and Mr. I. Magination (1949) debuted on the CBS TV network on Sunday night, April 24, 1949. Writing, producing and hosting the show, Paul Tripp and his wife got a child actor and/ or child actress to recreate the lives of famous persons or had them perform in the Tripp's own variations of popular fairy tales. Often "Mr. I." (Mr. Tripp) and his cast of regulars: Simon Oakland, Joe Silver, Ted Tiller and Richard Boone interviewed guest inventors who showcased the latest devices created to help mankind. Mr. I. Magination (1949) moved to Saturday mornings in l951, where it remained on air until the series was cancelled on Saturday morning, June 28, 1952. On Saturday morning, June 5, 1954, Paul & Ruth Tripp succeeded Allen Ludden as the second hosts/performers and instructors of CBS TV's kids TV news magazine On the Carousel (1955). The Tripps and Ted Tiller engaged their viewers in craft making, hobbies, songs, dramatizations, stories and interviews with guest performers, personalities and high school scientists and musicians. On the Carousel (1955) won the 1956 NYC Emmy award for "Best Children's Educational TV Show". Tripp compared a Saturday Night Magic TV Show for a family audience. He performed magic tricks with the top illusionists of the day. It's Magic (1952) was seen Saturday nights on the CBS TV Network from Saturday July 31, 1955 to Saturday, September 4, 1955. Tripp succeeded Ginger McManus as the second host/performer of WOR TV Ch. 9 NYC's: "Looney Tunes Show" weekday evenings from Monday, January 12, 1959 to Friday, July 10, 1959. Following his departure from the station, Tripp left NYC for Hollywood, California to play character parts in TV dramas and sitcoms. He made two memorable guest appearances on CBS TV's Perry Mason (1957) as a villain and as an unfaithful boyfriend of "Sally Rogers" on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961).

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Feb 20, 1911 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Studio One 1948-11-07
Latest Project:
Movie Tubby the Tuba 1975-04-30
Known For
Poster of The Christmas That Almost Wasn't
Poster of The Dick Van Dyke Show
Poster of The Donna Reed Show
Poster of Have Gun, Will Travel
Movie Tubby the Tuba Narrator 1975-04-30
Movie Mean Justice Thayer Wilson 1971-02-08
Movie The Christmas That Almost Wasn't Sam Whipple 1966-11-23
Series Saints and Sinners John Caldwell 1962-09-17
Series The Dick Van Dyke Show Unknown 1961-10-03
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Unknown 1959-09-29
Series The Twilight Zone Man #2 1959-10-02
Series Adventures in Paradise Unknown 1959-10-05
Series The Donna Reed Show Unknown 1958-09-24
Series Have Gun, Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series Perry Mason Steven Banks 1957-09-21
Series General Electric Theater John Harding 1953-02-01
Series Tales of Tomorrow Unknown 1951-08-03
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07