William Gargan

William Gargan

Highest Rated: 100% You Only Live Once (1937)

Lowest Rated: 83% The Story of Temple Drake (1933)

Birthday: Jul 17, 1905

Birthplace: Brooklyn

Actor William Gargan began his career in 1924, shortly after leaving high school, and made it to Broadway within a year. In 1932 he won great acclaim for his work in the play The Animal Kingdom, leading to an invitation from Hollywood where he made his film debut in 1932. During the '30s he played high-energy, gregarious leads in many "B"-movies and second leads in major films; later he moved into character roles. For his work in They Knew What They Wanted (1940), he received a "Best Supporting Actor" Oscar nomination. He made few films after 1948, but from 1949 to 1951 he starred in the title role of the TV series Martin Kane, Private Eye then reprised the role in 1957 in The New Adventures of Martin Kane. He was stricken by cancer of the larynx, and in 1960 his voice box was removed in surgery, ending his career. He learned esophageal speech then taught this method for the American Cancer Society; the same group enlisted him as an anti-smoking campaigner. Two years after losing his speech, he gave his final performance, portraying a mute clown on TV in King of Diamonds. He authored an autobiography, Why Me? (1969), recounting his struggle with cancer. His brother was actor Edward Gargan.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Rawhide Years Marshal Sommers 1956
No Score Yet Miracle in the Rain Harry Wood 1956
No Score Yet Dynamite 'Gunner' Peterson 1949
No Score Yet The Argyle Secrets Harry Mitchell 1948
No Score Yet Till the End of Time Sgt. Gunny Watrous 1946
No Score Yet Night Editor (The Trespasser) Tony Cochrane 1946
No Score Yet Strange Impersonation Stephan Lindstrom 1946
No Score Yet Behind Green Lights Lt. Sam Carson 1946
No Score Yet Murder in the Music Hall Inspector Wilson 1946
85% The Bells of St. Mary's Joe Gallagher 1945
No Score Yet Midnight Manhunt Pete Willis 1945
86% The Canterville Ghost Sgt. Benson 1944
No Score Yet Swing Fever 'Waltzy' Malone 1943
No Score Yet Harrigan's Kid Tom Harrigan 1943
No Score Yet Who Done It? Lt. Moran 1942
No Score Yet The Mayor of 44th Street Tommy Fallon 1942
No Score Yet Miss Annie Rooney Tim Rooney 1942
No Score Yet Keep 'em Flying Craig Morrison 1941
86% I Wake Up Screaming Jerry McDonald 1941
No Score Yet Cheers for Miss Bishop Sam Peters 1941
No Score Yet They Knew What They Wanted Joe 1940
No Score Yet Turnabout Joel Clare 1940
No Score Yet Star Dust Dane Wharton 1940
No Score Yet Isle of Destiny 'Stripes' Thornton 1940
No Score Yet The Housekeeper's Daughter Ed O'Malley 1939
No Score Yet Women in the Wind Ace Boreman 1939
No Score Yet Broadway Serenade Bill Foster 1939
No Score Yet The Crowd Roars Johnny Martin 1938
No Score Yet The Devil's Party Mike O'Mara 1938
100% You Only Live Once Father Dolan 1937
No Score Yet The Milky Way Speed McFarland 1936
No Score Yet Navy Born Lt. Red Furness 1936
No Score Yet Bright Lights Dan Wheeler 1935
No Score Yet Black Fury Slim Johnson 1935
No Score Yet Traveling Saleslady Pat O'Connor 1935
No Score Yet British Agent Bob Medill 1934
No Score Yet Four Frightened People Stewart Corder 1934
No Score Yet Strictly Dynamite Georgie Ross 1934
No Score Yet Things Are Looking Up Van Guard 1934
No Score Yet Night Flight Brazilian Pilot 1933
No Score Yet Headline Shooter Bill Allen 1933
No Score Yet Emergency Call Steve 1933
83% The Story of Temple Drake Stephen Benbow 1933
No Score Yet Aggie Appleby Red Branahan 1933
No Score Yet The Animal Kingdom (The Woman in His House) Regan 1932
86% Rain Sgt. O'Hara 1932


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