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Sonny Tufts

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sonny Tufts (born Bowen Charlton Tufts III, July 16, 1911, Boston, Massachusetts - June 4, 1970, Santa Monica, California) was a United States film actor. Tufts was born into a prominent banking family, whose patriarch had supposedly sailed to America from England in 1683. He broke with the family banking tradition by studying opera at Yale, where he was a member of Skull and Bones. After graduating from college in 1935, he auditioned with the Metropolitan Opera in New York but eventually worked on the Broadway stage. In 1942, Tufts went to Hollywood. He attained some fame during World War II, principally because, due to an old college football injury, he was one of the few handsome male actors not serving overseas in the war. He was married to Spanish dancer Barbara Dare from 1938 to 1953. In the 1980s he was best known as one of the semi-random people and places that TV host Johnny Carson used in his jokes. Tufts died of pneumonia at age 58 in Santa Monica, California, on June 4, 1970. Tufts is the subject of an urban legend. The legend holds that he had been selected to host a well-known radio show as a last-minute replacement for a better known celebrity. The week before Tufts's episode was scheduled, the previous host introduced him with a combination of surprise and outrage, shocked that a relatively unknown actor would succeed him as host. There is no evidence, however, that such an incident occurred. Tufts himself parodied this legend in frequent appearances on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: seated in a director's chair with his name printed on it, he would turn around to face the camera and utter a word or phrase relevant to the previous bit, in mock contempt. Sonny Tufts was related to Charles Tufts, for whom Tufts University is named. In a non sequitur on the cartoon show Rocky and His Friends, in the Jet Fuel Formula story arc, Bullwinkle J. Moose becomes very upset when Boris Badenov steals his autographed picture of Sonny Tufts. Also, Tufts is mentioned in the last sentence of the third sketch of the 48th show of the second season of the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (also featuring Wailing Whale episodes 5 & 6), which was first released on May 13, 1961. In an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show, Rob sees a flying saucer that makes a noise "Uhny Uftz", which Rob mis-hears as "Sonny Tufts" In Episode 12, Season 1 of the TV sitcom "My Mother The Car", titled "And Leave The Drive-In To Us," the mother wants to go to a drive-in to see Sonny Tufts for her birthday. He makes an appearance at the very end of the episode, much to the appreciation of the car! Sonny Tufts was a brother of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Phi chapter). Description above from the Wikipedia article Sonny Tufts, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jul 16, 1911 In Boston, Massachusetts U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie So Proudly We Hail 1943-09-09
Latest Project:
Series Land's End 1968-04-21
Known For
Poster of Land's End
Poster of Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
Poster of The Virginian
Poster of The Ed Sullivan Show
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Series Land's End Hal 1968-04-21
Movie Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers Cousin Urie 1967-01-01
Movie Town Tamer Carmichael 1965-07-07
Series My Mother the Car Unknown 1965-09-14
Series The Loner Unknown 1965-09-18
Movie Hollywood My Home Town Unknown 1965-12-31
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Series The Virginian Frank Trampas 1962-09-19
Series The Merv Griffin Show Self 1962-10-01
Movie The Parson and the Outlaw Jack Slade 1957-09-23
Movie Come Next Spring Leroy Hightower 1956-03-09
Movie The Seven Year Itch Tom MacKenzie 1955-06-03
Movie Serpent Island Peter Mason 1954-01-01
Movie Run for the Hills Charlie Johnson 1953-06-01
Movie No Escape Det. Simon Shayne 1953-07-31
Movie Cat-Women of the Moon Laird Grainger 1953-09-03
Movie Gift Horse Yank Flanagan 1952-06-01
Movie Easy Living Tim 'Pappy' McCarr 1949-10-08
Movie The Crooked Way Vince Alexander 1949-04-22
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie The Untamed Breed Tom Kilpatrick 1948-10-20
Movie Easy Come, Easy Go Kevin O'Connor 1947-03-07
Movie Variety Girl Himself 1947-08-29
Movie Blaze of Noon Roland McDonald 1947-05-02
Movie The Virginian Steve Andrews 1946-05-05
Movie Miss Susie Slagle's Pug Prentiss 1946-03-04
Movie Swell Guy Jim Duncan 1946-12-05
Movie The Well Groomed Bride Torchy McNeil 1946-05-17
Movie Cross My Heart Oliver Clarke 1946-12-18
Movie Bring on the Girls Phil North 1945-03-30
Movie I Love a Soldier Dan Kilgore 1945-07-12
Movie Duffy's Tavern Sonny Tufts 1945-09-28
Movie Here Come the Waves Windy 'Pinetop' Windhurst 1944-12-18
Movie So Proudly We Hail Kansas 1943-09-09
Movie Government Girl E.H. 'Ed' Browne 1943-11-05