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Paul Douglas

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Paul Douglas (April 11, 1907 – September 11, 1959) was an American actor. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as Paul Douglas Fleischer, Douglas began his career as a stage actor. He made his Broadway debut in 1936 as the Radio Announcer in Doty Hobart and Tom McKnight's Double Dummy at the John Golden Theatre. In 1946 he won both a Theatre World Award and a Clarence Derwent Award for his portrayal of Herry Brock in Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday. Douglas began appearing in films in 1949. He may be best-remembered for two baseball comedy movies, Angels in the Outfield (1951) and It Happens Every Spring (1949). He also played Richard Widmark's police partner in the thriller Panic in the Streets, frustrated newlywed Porter Hollingsway in A Letter to Three Wives, Sgt. Kowalski in The Big Lift, businessman Josiah Walter Dudley in Executive Suite and a con man turned monk in When in Rome. In 1950, Douglas was host of the 22nd annual Academy Awards. Douglas also worked on radio as the announcer for The Ed Wynn Show and he was the first host of NBC Radio's "Horn & Hardart Children's Hour!". In April 1959 Douglas appeared as Lucy Ricardo's television morning show boss in the "Lucy Wants a Career" episode of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour. Douglas was originally cast in the 1960 episode of The Twilight Zone called "The Mighty Casey", a role written for him by Rod Serling, based on his character in Angels in the Outfield, but Douglas died the same week after production of the episode had been completed. His role was taken over by Jack Warden, and most of the episode was refilmed several months later. He was married five times, last to actress Jan Sterling from 1950 until his death. They had a son, Adams Douglas (1955–2003). Paul Douglas died on September 11, 1959 of a heart attack in Hollywood, California at the age of 52. Film director Billy Wilder and co-writer I.A.L. ('Izzy') Diamond had just offered him the role of Jeff Sheldrake in the movie The Apartment that went to Fred MacMurray instead. Wilder later said: "I saw him and his wife, Jan Sterling, at a restaurant, and I realized he was perfect, and I asked him right there in the parking lot. About two days before we were to start, he had a heart attack and died. Iz and I were shattered." Description above from the Wikipedia article Paul Douglas,  licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Apr 11, 1907 In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Margin for Error 1943-02-10
Latest Project:
Series Blue Water High 2005-05-11
Known For
Poster of Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater
Poster of Adventure Theater
Poster of Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Poster of The Colgate Comedy Hour
Series Blue Water High Unknown 2005-05-11
Movie The Mating Game Pop Larkin 1959-04-29
Movie Fortunella Professore Golfiero Paganica 1958-03-14
Series Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Unknown 1958-10-06
Movie This Could Be the Night Rocco 1957-05-14
Movie Beau James Chris Nolan 1957-06-07
Series The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour Unknown 1957-11-06
Series Suspicion Unknown 1957-09-30
Series Adventure Theater Host 1956-06-16
Movie The Leather Saint Gus MacAuliffe 1956-06-06
Movie The Solid Gold Cadillac Edward L. McKeever 1956-08-22
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie The Gamma People Mike Wilson 1956-12-01
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Series Playwrights '56 Unknown 1955-10-04
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Series The 20th Century Fox Hour Unknown 1955-10-05
Movie Joe Macbeth Joe MacBeth 1955-10-18
Movie The Maggie Calvin B. Marshall, the American 1954-02-25
Movie Calling Scotland Yard: Falstaff's Fur Coat Commentator 1954-02-20
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie Executive Suite Josiah Walter Dudley 1954-04-30
Movie Green Fire Vic Leonard 1954-12-29
Movie Never Wave at a WAC Andrew McBain 1953-01-28
Series The Oscars Self 1953-03-18
Movie Forever Female Harry Phillips 1953-11-28
Movie Clash by Night Jerry D'Amato 1952-05-30
Movie When in Rome Joe Brewster 1952-05-11
Movie We're Not Married! Hector Woodruff 1952-07-11
Movie Fourteen Hours Police Ofcr. Charlie Dunnigan 1951-04-01
Movie The Screen Director Unknown 1951-03-12
Movie The Guy Who Came Back Harry Joplin 1951-08-16
Movie Rhubarb Man on Park Bench (uncredited) 1951-08-29
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Movie Angels in the Outfield Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern 1951-10-19
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Series Your Show of Shows Unknown 1950-02-25
Movie You Can Change The World Himself 1950-02-25
Series What's My Line? Self - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Movie The Big Lift MSgt. Henry "Hank" Kowalski 1950-04-26
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie Panic in the Streets Capt. Tom Warren 1950-07-27
Movie Love That Brute E.L. 'Big Ed' Hanley 1950-06-06
Movie A Letter to Three Wives Porter Hollingsway 1949-01-20
Movie It Happens Every Spring Monk Lanigan 1949-06-10
Movie Everybody Does It Leonard Borland aka Logan Bennett 1949-10-24
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Series Hour Glass Unknown 1946-05-09
Movie Margin for Error Policeman at Front Desk (uncredited) 1943-02-10