Tod Andrews

Tod Andrews

Highest Rated: 93% The Baby (1973)

Lowest Rated: 38% Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970)

Birthday: Nov 10, 1914

Birthplace: Not Available

Twice in his career, once in the late '30s and again at the end of the 1940s, it seemed as though Tod Andrews was poised for a major career, first in movies and later on Broadway. Somehow, however, he never realized the promise that was shown at those two points in his life. There is much that is mysterious about the early career of this actor who, at one time, bid fair to become another Henry Fonda; beyond the two different names that he worked under in movies, there were multiple years of birth reported, anywhere from 1914 to 1920, different places of birth, and original names ranging from John Buchanan to Ted Anderson. He was definitely raised in California, and initially took up acting (along with journalism) at Washington State College to overcome a neurotic shyness. He later joined the Pasadena Playhouse, specializing in male ingenue roles, and was seen there in the play Masque of Kings by author Maxwell Anderson, who encouraged him to continue in his acting career. He made it to New York and it was in a production of My Sister Eileen, in the role of one of the "six future admirals" from Brazil, that he was spotted by Jack L. Warner, the head of Warner Bros., and offered a screen test. He passed it, was duly signed up, and first began working in movies under the name Michael Ames. He played uncredited parts in such big-budget features as Dive Bomber and They Died With Their Boots On, and got his first screen credit in a small role in the feature International Squadron, which seemed to bode well for his future. His subsequent vehicles, however, were mostly in the B-movie category, including the Warner Bros. crime drama I Was Framed (which seemed like a warmed-over rewrite of the John Garfield vehicle Dust Be My Destiny) and Truck Busters, a cheap remake of a James Cagney vehicle that was more than a decade old. He was cast as Don Ameche's son in the big-budget 20th Century Fox fantasy-comedy Heaven Can Wait but then turned up in a pair of ultra-cheap horror thrillers, Voodoo Man and Return of the Ape Man, playing the callow male heroes in both. By this time, he was using both his Tod Andrews and Michael Ames personae, depending upon the prominence of the production, but after 1944 Michael Ames disappeared entirely. Dispirited by his first experience of Hollywood, Andrews headed for New York, where he was fortunate enough to join the Margo Jones Company, through which, in 1948, he was cast as the lead in the new Tennessee Williams play Summer and Smoke. His career on Broadway seemed headed in directions that Hollywood never afforded him; having outgrown his youthful callowness, he retained a touch of vulnerability and sensitivity that projected well on the stage. Andrews was seen during the run of the Williams play by producer/director Joshua Logan, who made note of the actor's qualities. He returned to Hollywood briefly in 1950 to play a lead role in Ida Lupino's drama Outrage and then Broadway beckoned again, with one of the best parts of the period -- Henry Fonda was set to leave the title role in the stage production of Mr. Roberts. The director, Joshua Logan, remembered Andrews, who inherited the role for the remainder of its Broadway run and the national tour that followed. Six good years followed, in which the actor enjoyed his good fortune on the stage and was never out of work. He also returned to Hollywood once more, for work in the excellent wartime drama Between Heaven and Hell for Fox. And then something bizarre happened in his career -- what it was may never be known, because all of the principals involved are gone -- Andrews, established Broadway and theatrical star, subject of columnists and feature writers, suddenly turned up the following year in the cheap Allied Artists B-horror film From Hell It Came, playing the hero-scientist battling a killer tree stump on a radioactive South Pacific island. He did well enough in the part, but this was not the sort of film -- the whole production budget was smaller t

Highest Rated Movies



93% The Baby Doctor 1973
No Score Yet The President's Plane Is Missing President Jeremy Haines 1972
38% Beneath The Planet Of The Apes Skipper 1970
92% Hang 'em High Defense Attorney 1968
42% In Harm's Way Capt. Tuthill 1965
No Score Yet Destination Nightmare Actor 1958
No Score Yet From Hell It Came Dr. William Arnold 1957
No Score Yet Between Heaven and Hell Ray Mosby 1956
No Score Yet Outrage Rev. Bruce Ferguson 1950
No Score Yet Return of the Ape Man Steve Rogers 1944
85% Heaven Can Wait Jack Van Cleve 1943
92% Now, Voyager Dr. Dan Regan 1942
No Score Yet I Was Framed Ken Marshall 1942
No Score Yet The Male Animal Student 1942
No Score Yet Captains of the Clouds Student Pilot 1942
No Score Yet Dangerously They Live Craig 1941
No Score Yet Dive Bomber Telephone Man 1941
No Score Yet The Body Disappears Bill 1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On Cadet Brown 1941


No Score Yet Ironside
Syndicate Boss 1970
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
Ralph Case Mr. Franklin 1968
80% The Twilight Zone
Gil 1964
No Score Yet Rawhide
Holt 1962
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Cody 1961


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