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Dan Duryea



Hissable movie heavy Dan Duryea was handsome enough as a young man to secure leading roles in the student productions at White Plains High School. He majored in English at Cornell University, but kept active in theatre, succeeding Franchot Tone as president of Cornell's Dramatic Society. Bowing to his parents' wishes, Duryea sought out a more "practical" profession upon graduation, working for the N. W. Ayer advertising agency. After suffering a mild heart attack, Duryea was advised by his doctor to leave advertising and seek out employment in something he enjoyed doing. Thus, Duryea returned to acting in summer stock, then was cast in the 1935 Broadway hit Dead End. The first of his many bad-guy roles was Bob Ford, the "dirty little coward" who shot Jesse James, in the short-lived 1938 stage play Missouri Legend. Impressed by Duryea's slimy but somehow likeable perfidy in this play, Herman Shumlin cast the young actor as the snivelling Leo Hubbard in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes. This 1939 Broadway production was converted into a film by Sam Goldwyn in 1941, with many members of the original cast -- including Duryea -- making their Hollywood debuts. Duryea continued playing supporting roles in films until 1945's The Woman in the Window, in which he scored as Joan Bennett's sneering "bodyguard" (that's Hollywoodese for "pimp"). Thereafter, Duryea was given star billing, occasionally in sympathetic roles (White Tie and Tails [1946], Black Angel [1946]), but most often as a heavy. From 1952 through 1955, he starred as a roguish soldier of fortune in the syndicated TV series China Smith, and also topped the cast of a theatrical-movie spin-off of sorts, World for Ransom (1954), directed by Duryea's friend Robert Aldrich. One of the actor's last worthwhile roles in a big-budget picture was as a stuffy accountant who discovers within himself inner reserves of courage in Aldrich's Flight of the Phoenix (1965). In 1968, shortly before his death from a recurring heart ailment, Duryea was cast as Eddie Jacks in 67 episodes of TV's Peyton Place. Dan Duryea was the father of actor Peter Duryea, likewise a specialist in slimy villainy.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Chicago Calling
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Bamboo Saucer
  • Hank Peters
1968
No Score Yet The Hills Run Red
  • Col. Winny Getz
1967
No Score Yet Winchester '73
  • Bart McAdam
1967
No Score Yet Five Golden Dragons
  • Dragon #1
1967
90% The Flight of the Phoenix
  • Standish
1965
No Score Yet The Bounty Killer
  • Willie Duggan
1965
No Score Yet Do You Know This Voice?
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet Six Black Horses
  • Frank Jesse
1962
No Score Yet Platinum High School
  • Maj. Redfern Kelly
1960
No Score Yet Gunfight at Sandoval
  • Actor
1959
No Score Yet Night Passage
  • Whitey Harbin
1957
No Score Yet Battle Hymn
  • Sgt. Herman
1957
No Score Yet The Burglar
  • Nat Harbin
1957
No Score Yet Storm Fear
  • Fred
1955
No Score Yet The Marauders
  • Mr. Avery
1955
No Score Yet Silver Lode
  • Ned McCarthy
1954
No Score Yet World for Ransom
  • Mike Callahan
1954
No Score Yet Ride Clear of Diablo
  • Kincade
1954
No Score Yet Thunder Bay
  • Johnny Gambi
1953
No Score Yet 36 Hours
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet Al Jennings of Oklahoma
  • Al Jennings
1951
100% Winchester '73
  • Waco Johnnie Dean
1950
No Score Yet One Way Street
  • John Wheeler
1950
No Score Yet The Underworld Story
  • Mike Reese
1950
No Score Yet Johnny Stool Pigeon
  • Johnny Evans
1949
No Score Yet Too Late for Tears
  • Danny Fuller
1949
No Score Yet Manhandled
  • Karl Benson
1949
100% Criss Cross
  • Slim Dundee
1949
No Score Yet Black Bart
  • Charles E. Boles/Black Bart
1948
No Score Yet Black Angel
  • Martin Blair
1946
100% Scarlet Street
  • Johnny Prince
1945
No Score Yet Lady on a Train
  • Arnold
1945
No Score Yet Along Came Jones
  • Monte Jarrad
1945
No Score Yet The Valley of Decision
  • William Scott
1945
No Score Yet The Great Flamarion
  • Al Wallace
1945
95% The Woman in the Window
  • Heidt/Tim the Doorman
1944
91% Ministry of Fear
  • Cost/Travers
1944
No Score Yet None But the Lonely Heart
  • Lew Tate
1944
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington
  • Jack Stilham
1944
No Score Yet Main Street After Dark
  • Posey
1944
100% Sahara
  • Jimmy Doyle
1943
92% The Pride of the Yankees
  • Hank Hanneman
1942
100% The Little Foxes
  • Leo
1941
100% Ball of Fire
  • Duke Pastrami
1941
No Score Yet Kathy O'
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Al Denton

Quotes from Dan Duryea's Characters