Tom Drake

Tom Drake

  • Highest Rated: 100% Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
  • Lowest Rated: 10% The Sandpiper (1965)
  • Birthday: Aug 5, 1918
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • American actor Tom Drake inaugurated his acting career in 1938 with Clean Beds, a Broadway-bound play that closed out of town. A revived Clean Beds in 1939 brought Drake to the attention of MGM, who only half-heartedly promoted the actor, usually casting him in bits or secondary roles. His chance at stardom in White Cliffs of Dover (1944) was squelched when Drake's scenes were cut from that still-overlong wartime drama. A better opportunity came in the role of Judy Garland's "boy next door" vis-a-vis in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944); this was followed by an even meatier part in The Green Years (1946), in which Drake managed to keep his head above water despite such formidable supporting acting talent as Hume Cronyn, Charles Coburn, Jessica Tandy and Gladys Cooper. Unfortunately, the good roles began diminishing shortly afterward; Drake's performance as Richard Rodgers in Words and Music (1948) was knocked out of the box by Mickey Rooney's tyro interpretation of Lorenz Hart, while in Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949) everybody in the cast - including Shirley Temple - played second fiddle to Clifton Webb. Never able to fulfill his potential, Drake continued into the '70s playing subordinate roles in 'A' pictures, the occasional lead in low-budget films, and secondary TV parts in such productions as Marcus Welby MD and The Return of Joe Forrester. A classic example of how talented people could fall between the tracks of the studio contract system, Tom Drake spent his final years supplementing his performing income with a job as a used car salesman.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Savage Abduction (Cycle Psycho) Actor 1973
No Score Yet The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe Dr. Adam Forrest 1973
No Score Yet City Beneath the Sea Actor 1971
No Score Yet Warkill Phil Sutton 1968
No Score Yet The Singing Nun Fitzpatrick 1966
No Score Yet Johnny Reno Joe Connors 1966
10% The Sandpiper Walter Robinson 1965
No Score Yet House of the Black Death Actor 1965
No Score Yet The Bramble Bush Larry 1960
No Score Yet Warlock Abe McQuown 1959
No Score Yet Money, Women and Guns Jess Ryerson 1958
11% Raintree County Bobby Drake 1957
No Score Yet The Cyclops Lee Brand 1957
No Score Yet Sangaree Dr. Roy Darby 1953
No Score Yet FBI Girl Carl Chercourt 1951
No Score Yet A Christmas Wish (The Great Rupert) Peter Dingle 1950
No Score Yet Scene of the Crime Det. "C.C." Gordon 1949
20% Words and Music Richard Rodgers 1948
No Score Yet Hills of Home Tammas Milton 1948
No Score Yet Cass Timberlane Jamie Wargate 1947
No Score Yet I'll Be Yours George Prescott 1947
No Score Yet Courage of Lassie Sgt. Smitty 1946
No Score Yet The Green Years young Robert Shannon 1946
No Score Yet Faithful In My Fashion Actor 1946
100% Meet Me In St. Louis John Truett 1944
No Score Yet Marriage Is a Private Affair Bill Rice 1944
80% The White Cliffs of Dover American Soldier 1944
No Score Yet Two Girls and a Sailor Frank Miller 1944
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington Ned Talbot 1944
100% The Mortal Storm Actor 1940
No Score Yet The Howards of Virginia James Howard at Age 16 1940

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Larry Yates
  • 1973
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Chatfield Appleton
  • 1973
  • 1969
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Ben Hurley
  • 1969
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Kurt
  • 1965
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Fisher
  • 1960
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Cleve Niles Harkens
  • 1960
  • 1959

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