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Lee Kinsolving

Gifted, poetic actor who never fulfilled his potential. The son of an Episcopal minister and the eldest of four, Kinsolving began acting after his first year of college. A Method actor, Kinsolving studied under Mary Welch of the famed Actors Studio in New York. After a short turn on Broadway, he was signed by agent Richard Clayton, who had brought both James Dean and Tab Hunter to stardom. Soon, Kinsolving was appearing in various East Coast television shows, including the live presentation of Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!" with Helen Hayes. In 1959, Kinsolving headed for Hollywood, rooming with actor James Franciscus. After several more TV appearances in such shows as Have Gun - Will Travel (1957), Kinsolving landed his first movie role, with Alan Ladd, in 1960's All the Young Men (1960). That same year, he gave a moving performance as "Sammy Golden" in the film adaptation of William Inge's The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960). Kinsolving won raves and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Regrettably, Kinsolving made only one more film, The Explosive Generation (1961), before completing his brief career in TV guest roles. Nonetheless, Kinsolving brought a striking combination of sexuality, pathos and vulnerability to his work (including an outstanding performance in Route 66 (1960)). Kinsolving retired from acting in 1966, due to his personal frustrations with the business. For two years, he owned a hip restaurant-bar, "Toad Hall", in Manhattan. After brief romances with Tuesday Weld and Candice Bergen, Kinsolving sold his bar and married in late 1969. Moving to Florida, he managed two art galleries. After divorcing his wife in 1972, Kinsolving, an avid seaman, spent the remainder of his life sailing exotic locales in his private schooner. Sadly, Kinsolving developed a strange respiratory illness which, without warning, rendered him unconscious. On the afternoon of December 4, 1974, Kinsolving collapsed and died in his Palm Beach apartment. He was 36.

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Aug 30, 1938 In Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Hallmark Hall of Fame 1951-12-24
Latest Project:
Series Mr. Novak 1963-09-24
Known For
Poster of The Outer Limits
Poster of Route 66
Poster of All the Young Men
Poster of The Rifleman
Series Mr. Novak Unknown 1963-09-24
Series The Outer Limits Unknown 1963-09-16
Series Target: The Corruptors! Unknown 1961-09-29
Movie The Explosive Generation Dan Carlyle 1961-10-19
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Movie The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Sammy Golden 1960-09-28
Movie All the Young Men Pvt. Dean 1960-08-26
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Series The Twilight Zone Scott 1959-10-02
Series The Detectives Unknown 1959-10-16
Series Hawaiian Eye Unknown 1959-10-07
Series The Rifleman Unknown 1958-09-30
Series Have Gun, Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24