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William Gargan

Highest Rated:   100% You Only Live Once (1937)
Lowest Rated:   83% The Canterville Ghost (1944)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Argyle Secrets
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Miracle in the Rain
  • Harry Wood
1956
No Score Yet Dynamite
  • 'Gunner' Peterson
1949
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
94% The Bells of St. Mary's
  • Joe Gallagher
1945
No Score Yet Midnight Manhunt
  • Pete Willis
1945
83% 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
83% 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 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 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 Brennan
1933
No Score Yet 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
100% Rain
  • Sgt. O'Hara
1932

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