Frank Lovejoy

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Frank Lovejoy Jr.

Frank Lovejoy as Det. Sgt. Brub Nicolai in In a Lonely Place.
BornMarch 28, 1912
Bronx, New York, U.S.
DiedOctober 2, 1962 (aged 50)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1948–62
SpouseFrances Williams (? - ?; divorced)
Joan Banks (1940 - October 2, 1962; his death) 2 children
 
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Frank Lovejoy Jr.

Frank Lovejoy as Det. Sgt. Brub Nicolai in In a Lonely Place.
BornMarch 28, 1912
Bronx, New York, U.S.
DiedOctober 2, 1962 (aged 50)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1948–62
SpouseFrances Williams (? - ?; divorced)
Joan Banks (1940 - October 2, 1962; his death) 2 children

Frank Lovejoy (March 28, 1912 – October 2, 1962) was an American actor in radio, film, and television. He was born Frank Andrew Lovejoy Jr. in Bronx, New York, but grew up in New Jersey. His father, Frank Lovejoy Sr., was a furniture salesman from Maine. His mother, Nora, was born in Massachusetts to Irish immigrant parents.[1]

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Radio

A successful radio actor, Lovejoy was heard on the 1930s crime drama series Gang Busters. Lovejoy was a narrator (during the first season) for the show This Is Your FBI. He played the title character on the syndicated The Blue Beetle during the 1940s, and starred in the later newspaper drama series Nightbeat in the early 1950s.

Films

In films of the 1940s and 1950s, Lovejoy mostly played supporting roles. Appearing in movies such as Goodbye, My Fancy (1951) with Joan Crawford, and The Hitch-Hiker (1953) directed by Ida Lupino, Lovejoy was effective playing the movie's everyman in extraordinary situations. He was in several war movies, notably Joseph H. Lewis' Retreat, Hell! (1952) which portrayed the United States Marine Corps' retreat from the Chosin Reservoir (aka the Changjin Reservoir) during the Korean War. In 1951, he had the title role in I Was a Communist for the FBI with co-stars Ron Hagerthy, Paul Picerni, and Philip Carey.

Television

Lovejoy starred in two short-run TV series, Man Against Crime and Meet McGraw. Episodes of these two series have never been released commercially on DVD or VHS and never aired on reruns. Meet McGraw episodes were screened at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention.

Lovejoy was first married to Frances Williams (1901–59) but divorced in the late 1930s. In 1940, Lovejoy married actress Joan Banks (1918–1998), with whom he had a son and a daughter.

Among Lovejoy's last performances was with Donald May in the episode "County General" (March 18, 1962) on the ABC series Bus Stop with Marilyn Maxwell in the role of Grace Sherwood, owner of a diner in Sunrise, Colorado. That same season, he appeared on the ABC crime drama Target: The Corruptors! about the efforts of a New York City reporter to expose organized crime.

Death

Frank Lovejoy died of a heart attack in his sleep at his residence in New York City. His wife, Joan Banks, called for medical help after she was unable to wake him. The couple had been appearing in a New Jersey production of the Gore Vidal play The Best Man.

Partial filmography

Film
YearFilmRoleOther notes
1949Home of the BraveSergeant Mingo
1950In a Lonely PlaceDetective Sergeant Brub Nicolai
Try and Get Me!Howard Tyleraka The Sound of Fury
1951I Was a Communist for the FBIMatt Cvetic
Goodbye, My FancyMatt Cole
Force of ArmsMajor Blackford
I'll See You in My DreamsWalter Donaldson
1952Retreat, Hell!Lieutenant Colonel Steve L. Corbett
The Winning TeamRogers Hornsby
1953The Hitch-HikerGilbert Bowen
House of WaxLieutenant Thomas "Tom" Brennan
The Charge at Feather RiverSergeant Charlie Baker
1954BeachheadSgt. Fletcher
Men of the Fighting LadyLieutenant Commander Paul Grayson
1955The AmericanoBento Hermany
Strategic Air CommandGeneral Ennis C. Hawkes
The Crooked WebStanley Fabian
1956JulieDetective Lieutenant Pringle
1958Cole Younger, GunfighterCole Younger
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1957-58Meet McGrawMcGraw
1957Cavalcade of America Ep. 'Chicago 2-1-2'Inspector Ed McCook[1]
Radio
YearTitleRole
1952Gang Busters
1950-52NightbeatRandy Stone
1948The Blue Beetle
1948Box 13Various support roles
  1. ^ US Census 1920, Woodridge, Bergen Co., New Jersey, enumerator's district 125, sheet 18A

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