Les Tremayne

Highest Rated: 100% The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)
Birthday: Apr 16, 1913
Birthplace: Balham, London, England, UK
Born in London, Les Tremayne moved to America in his early teens. Educated at Northwestern, Columbia and UCLA, Tremayne went on the stage in the early 1930s, where his distinguished demeanor and mellifluous voice served him well. He rose to stardom on radio, appearing in literally thousands of "Golden Age" broadcasts, notably as star of the long-running anthology The First Nighter Program. In films from 1951, Tremayne brought a large dose of sober credibility to many an otherwise hard-to-swallow science fiction opus. At his best as General Mann in War of the Worlds (1953)--the General's explanation of the Martian's invasion strategy remains one of the finest pieces of pure exposition in all of "fantastic" cinema--Tremayne was also successful in maintaining his dignity in cheapies of the Angry Red Planet (1959) and Slime People (1965) variety. The actor's contributions to the sci-fi genre were hosannahed in the direct-to-video production The Attack of the B-Movie Monsters (1985). In addition, Tremayne showed up in several non-genre efforts, usually in small but substantial roles like the auctioneer in North by Northwest (Tremayne's single scene in this 1959 Hitchcock classic also featured his old First Nighter colleague Olan Soule). Busiest on television as a commercial spokesman and voiceover artist, Tremayne found time to appear on the prime-time TV version of radio's One Man's Family (1951); as Inspector Richard Queen on the 1958-59 incarnation of the venerable Ellery Queen; and as Mentor on the Saturday morning Captain Marvel-inspired weekly Shazam! (1974-77). In 1995, Les Tremayne, as golden-throated as ever, was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame during a moving, nationally broadcast ceremony from Chicago's Museum of Broadcasting.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Starchaser: The Legend of Orin Arthur 1985
0% Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer Orin/Bombo/TV Announcer 1985
No Score Yet Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island Actor 1983
No Score Yet Fangs Actor 1975
No Score Yet Cricket in Times Square Chester C. Cricket/Harry the Cat/Father/Music Teacher 1973
No Score Yet Oliver Twist Fagin 1973
100% The Phantom Tollbooth Humbug 1970
No Score Yet Strawberries Need Rain Death 1970
No Score Yet Creature of Destruction Dr. John Basso 1967
95% The Fortune Cookie Thompson 1966
43% King Kong vs. Godzilla Narrator 1963
No Score Yet Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol Ghost of Christmas Present 1962
No Score Yet The Slime People Norman Tolliver 1962
No Score Yet The Story of Ruth Elimelech 1960
No Score Yet The Gallant Hours Capt. Frank Enright 1960
99% North by Northwest Auctioneer 1959
No Score Yet Say One for Me Harry LaMaise 1959
0% The Angry Red Planet Prof. Theodore Gettell 1959
No Score Yet The Perfect Furlough (Strictly for Pleasure) Col. Leland 1958
No Score Yet The Monolith Monsters Martin Cochrane 1958
No Score Yet The Monster of Piedras Blancas Dr. Jorgenson 1958
98% Forbidden Planet Narrator 1956
No Score Yet The Lieutenant Wore Skirts Henry Gaxton 1956
No Score Yet Everything but the Truth Lawrence Everett 1956
No Score Yet A Man Called Peter Sen. Willis K. Harvey 1955
50% Susan Slept Here Harvey 1954
85% The War of the Worlds Maj. Gen. Mann 1953
No Score Yet Dream Wife Ken Landwell 1953
No Score Yet I Love Melvin Mr. Hennenman 1953
No Score Yet It Grows on Trees Finlay Murchison 1952
No Score Yet Francis Goes to West Point Col. Daniels 1952
33% The Racket Chief Craig 1951
No Score Yet The Blue Veil Joplin 1951

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard
1979-1985
Big Daddy
  • 1982
No Score Yet Shazam!
1974-1976
Mentor
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Doc Judge
  • 1970
  • 1962
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
1963-1966
Mr. Clary
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Doctor
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
C.J. Hassler
  • 1962
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Gardner
  • 1961
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Bixby Peter Talbot
  • 1961
  • 1960

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