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Tom Fadden

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Tom Fadden Born January 6, 1895 Bayard, Iowa, United States Died April 14, 1980 (aged 85) Vero Beach, Florida, United States Occupation Actor Years active 1915–1977 Robert Walker and Tom Fadden (right) in Vengeance Valley (1951) Tom Fadden (January 6, 1895 – April 14, 1980) was an American actor. He performed on the legitimate stage, vaudeville, in films and on television during his long career. He would make his film debut with a small role in 1939's I Stole a Million, which stars George Raft and Claire Trevor. He would have his first memorable bit in his next film, Destry Rides Again, starring Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart, where in the opening scene he is playing cards, and is cheated when Dietrich distracts him by spilling coffee in his lap. His film career would span almost forty years, and encompass over 90 films, mostly in small or supporting roles, although with an occasional starring role, as in 1940's Zanzibar. The 1940s would see him appear in other classic and notable films such as: the Bob Hope comedy, My Favorite Blonde (1942); Pardon My Sarong (1942), starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello; The Naughty Nineties (1945), again starring Abbott and Costello; the film noir, The Big Sleep (1946), starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; and 1946's It's a Wonderful Life, where he had a particularly memorable scene as the Tollhouse Keeper on the bridge, who reacts to Clarence's (the angel) explanation of who he is to George Bailey (James Stewart). The 1950s would see Fadden continue to appear in several notable films, including: Dallas (1950), starring Gary Cooper and Ruth Roman; 1956's Invasion of the Body Snatchers, where his character is one of the first victims to succumb to the alien invaders; and Baby Face Nelson (1957), starring Mickey Rooney and Carolyn Jones. Fadden would also begin forays into the acting world of the small screen. One of his first television roles was that of Eben Kent, the earthman who adopts Kal-El on the inaugural episode of The Adventures of Superman. He would appear in numerous other television shows during the decade, including recurring roles on Broken Arrow (1956–58) and Cimarron City (1958–59). Although he would appear in only a handful of films in the 1960s, he would work regularly on television during the decade, including a recurring role on Petticoat Junction. His final acting credit was the 1977 science fiction horror film, Empire of the Ants, starring Joan Collins. Fadden died of natural causes on April 14, 1980 in Vero Beach, Florida, and survived by his second wife, Jane.

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Jan 6, 1895 In Bayard, Iowa, United States
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Held For Ransom 1938-06-17
Latest Project:
Movie Empire of the Ants 1977-06-29
Known For
Poster of Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Poster of Dark Passage
Poster of Dragnet
Poster of The Big Sleep
Movie Empire of the Ants Sam Russell 1977-06-29
Movie Dirty Dingus Magee Trooper 1970-11-18
Series Mister Ed Unknown 1961-01-05
Movie Pocketful of Miracles Herbie (uncredited) 1961-12-18
Movie Toby Tyler Uncle Daniel 1960-01-01
Series The Tall Man Unknown 1960-09-10
Movie Edge of Eternity Eli Jones 1959-11-02
Series Cimarron City Silas Perry 1958-09-27
Movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers Uncle Ira Lentz 1956-02-05
Series Broken Arrow Unknown 1956-09-25
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie The Tall Men Unknown 1955-09-22
Movie Kansas Pacific Gus Gustavson the Train Fireman 1953-02-22
Movie Thy Neighbor's Wife Honza Kratky 1953-09-23
Movie Drums in the Deep South Purdy 1951-09-01
Movie Singing Guns Express Agent 1950-02-28
Movie The Inside Story Ab Follansbee 1948-03-14
Movie The Hunted Bus Passenger 1948-04-07
Movie State of the Union Waiter 1948-04-30
Movie Dragnet Unknown 1947-08-16
Movie Pursued The Minister (uncredited) 1947-03-02
Movie Dark Passage Diner Counterman Serving Parry (uncredited) 1947-09-05
Movie That Hagen Girl Village Loafer 1947-11-01
Movie The Judge Steps Out Sheriff 1947-12-15
Movie The Well Groomed Bride Justice of the Peace 1946-05-17
Movie The Big Sleep Sidney (uncredited) 1946-08-23
Movie It's a Wonderful Life Tollhouse Keeper (uncredited) 1946-12-20
Movie A Medal for Benny Bank Teller 1945-04-16
Movie Murder, He Says Sheriff Murdock 1945-01-01
Movie Trail to Vengeance Horace Glumm 1945-06-01
Movie The Naughty Nineties Wounded Gambler (uncredited) 1945-06-20
Movie The Royal Mounted Rides Again 'Lode' MacKenzie 1945-10-23
Movie The Hairy Ape Long 1944-07-02
Movie Henry Aldrich's Little Secret Mr. Luther 1944-06-10
Movie Tomorrow, the World! Mr. Clyde - Mailman (uncredited) 1944-12-29
Movie In Society Fire Chief (uncredited) 1944-08-16
Movie Edge of Darkness Hammer 1943-04-09
Movie A Lady Takes a Chance Mullen 1943-08-19
Movie Sundown Jim Stagecoach Driver 1942-03-27
Movie The Night Before the Divorce Capt. Walt 1942-03-06
Movie The Remarkable Andrew Jake Pearl 1942-03-05
Movie Blondie Goes to College Mr. Dill's Brother 1942-01-15
Movie Lone Star Ranger Sam 1942-03-20
Movie My Favorite Blonde Tom Douglas 1942-04-02
Movie The Glass Key Waiter (uncredited) 1942-09-08
Movie Fall In Zeb Hatfield 1942-11-20
Movie Wings for the Eagle Tom 'Cyclone' Shaw 1942-07-18
Movie Pardon My Sarong Sven (uncredited) 1942-08-07
Movie The Shepherd of the Hills Jim Lane 1941-07-18
Movie Zanzibar Rhad Ramsey 1940-03-08
Movie The Captain Is a Lady Pucey Kintner 1940-06-21
Movie Congo Maisie Nelson 1940-01-19
Movie When the Daltons Rode Townsman 1940-08-23
Movie Winners of the West Tex Houston 1940-07-02
Movie The Howards of Virginia Backwoodsman 1940-09-19
Movie I Stole a Million Verne 1939-08-01
Movie Destry Rides Again Lem Claggett 1939-11-30
Movie Held For Ransom Jalopy Driver 1938-06-17
Movie Hard to Get Gas Station Attendant (uncredited) 1938-11-05