Dana Andrews

Dana Andrews

  • Highest Rated: 100% Curse of the Demon (1958)
  • Lowest Rated: 29% Airport 1975 (1974)
  • Birthday: Jan 1, 1909
  • Birthplace: Covington County, Mississippi, USA
  • A former accountant for the Gulf Oil Company, Dana Andrews made his stage debut with the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse in 1935. Signed to a joint film contract by Sam Goldwyn and 20th Century Fox in 1940, Andrews bided his time in supporting roles until the wartime shortage of leading men promoted him to stardom. His matter-of-fact, dead pan acting style was perfectly suited to such roles as the innocent lynching victim in The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) and laconic city detective Mark McPherson in Laura (1944). For reasons unknown, Andrews often found himself cast as aviators: he was the downed bomber pilot in The Purple Heart (1944), the ex-flyboy who has trouble adjusting to civilian life in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), and the foredoomed airliner skipper in Zero Hour (1957), The Crowded Sky (1960), and Airport 1975 (1974). His limited acting range proved a drawback in the 1950s, and by the next decade he was largely confined to character roles, albeit good ones. From 1963 to 1965, Andrews was president of the Screen Actors Guild, where among other things he bemoaned Hollywood's obsession with nudity and sordidness (little suspecting that the worst was yet to come!). An ongoing drinking problem seriously curtailed his capability to perform, and on a couple of occasions nearly cost him his life on the highway; in 1972, he went public with his alcoholism in a series of well-distributed public service announcements, designed to encourage other chronic drinkers to seek professional help. In addition to his film work, Andrews also starred or co-starred in several TV series (Bright Promise, American Girls, and Falcon Crest) and essayed such TV-movie roles as General George C. Marshall in Ike (1979). Dana Andrews made his final screen appearance in Peter Bogdanovich's Saint Jack.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Edge Of Doom Actor 2004
No Score Yet December 7th: The Movie Actor 2001
No Score Yet Prince Jack The Cardinal 1985
No Score Yet The Pilot Randolph Evers 1980
No Score Yet Good Guys Wear Black Government Man 1978
No Score Yet Ike: The War Years Actor 1978
No Score Yet Take a Hard Ride (Kid Vengeance) Morgan 1977
44% The Last Tycoon Red Ridingwood 1976
29% Airport 1975 Small-Plane Pilot 1974
No Score Yet Innocent Bystanders Blake 1972
60% The Devil's Brigade Brig. Gen. Walter Naylor 1968
No Score Yet The Cobra (Il cobra) Capt. Kelly 1968
No Score Yet Hot Rods to Hell Tom Phillips 1967
No Score Yet The Frozen Dead Dr. Norberg 1966
No Score Yet Johnny Reno Johnny Reno 1966
57% Battle of the Bulge Col. Pritchard 1965
47% The Loved One Gen. Brinkman 1965
No Score Yet Brainstorm Cort Benson 1965
No Score Yet Crack in the World Dr. Stephen Sorenson 1965
42% In Harm's Way Adm. Broderick 1965
50% The Satan Bug Gen. Williams 1965
No Score Yet Madison Avenue Actor 1962
No Score Yet The Crowded Sky Dick Barnett 1960
No Score Yet The Fearmakers Alan Eaton 1959
100% Curse of the Demon Dr. John Holden 1958
No Score Yet Enchanted Island Abner 'Ab' Bedford 1958
No Score Yet Zero Hour! Lt. Ted Stryker 1957
71% Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Tom Garrett 1956
No Score Yet Comanche Jim Read 1956
No Score Yet Strange Lady in Town Dr. Rork O'Brien 1955
89% While the City Sleeps Edward Mobley 1955
No Score Yet Smoke Signal Brett Halliday 1955
No Score Yet Three Hours to Kill Jim Guthrie 1954
No Score Yet Duel in the Jungle Scott Walters 1954
60% Elephant Walk Dick Carver 1954
No Score Yet Assignment: Paris Jimmy Race 1952
No Score Yet I Want You Martin Greer 1951
No Score Yet The Frogmen Jake Flannigan 1951
No Score Yet Sealed Cargo Pat Bannon 1951
No Score Yet Edge of Doom Father Thomas Roth 1950
100% Where the Sidewalk Ends Mark Dixon 1950
No Score Yet My Foolish Heart Walt Dreiser 1949
No Score Yet The Forbidden Street Henry Lambert / Gilbert Lauderdale 1949
No Score Yet Sword in the Desert Mike Dillon 1949
No Score Yet Deep Waters Hod Stillwell 1948
No Score Yet The Iron Curtain Igor Gouzenko 1948
No Score Yet Night Song Dan Evans 1948
100% Daisy Kenyon Dan O'Mara 1947
76% Boomerang! Henry L. Harvey 1947
96% The Best Years of Our Lives Fred Derry 1946
100% Canyon Passage Logan Stuart 1946
100% A Walk in the Sun Sgt. Bill Tyne 1945
80% Fallen Angel Eric Stanton 1945
83% State Fair Pat Gilberg 1945
80% Up in Arms Joe Nelson 1944
100% Laura Det. McPherson 1944
80% Wing and a Prayer Lt. Cmdr. Edward Moulton 1944
No Score Yet The Purple Heart Capt. Harvey Ross 1944
No Score Yet The North Star (Armored Attack) Kolya 1943
90% The Ox-Bow Incident Donald Martin 1943
No Score Yet Crash Dive Lt. Cmdr. Dewey Connors 1943
No Score Yet December 7th Ghost of Sailor Killed at Pearl Harbor 1942
No Score Yet Belle Starr Maj. Thomas Crail 1941
100% Ball of Fire Joe Lilac 1941
No Score Yet Tobacco Road Dr. Tim 1941
No Score Yet Swamp Water Ben Ragan 1941
No Score Yet Kit Carson Captain John C. Fremont 1940
100% The Westerner Bart Cobble 1940

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Courteney Eliot
  • 1974
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Paul
  • 1971
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Paul Driscoll
  • 1963

QUOTES FROM Dana Andrews CHARACTERS

Shelby Carpenter
But Lieutenant I don't understand. You sent for me didn't you?
Mark McPherson
[swallows a bit of scotch] Yeah.
Mark McPherson
Yeah.
Shelby Carpenter
Well don't you want to see me? Don't you want to ask me some questions?
Mark McPherson
I'll be seeing you.
Waldo Lydecker
Would you please stop dawdling with that infernal puzzle! It's getting on my nerves.
Mark McPherson
I know; but it keeps me calm.
Mark McPherson
A dame from Washington Heights got a fox fur out of me once. .
Mark McPherson
A dame from Washington Heights got a fox fur out of me once...