Howard Petrie

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Howard Petrie
BornHoward Alexander Petrie
(1906-11-22)November 22, 1906
Beverly, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedMarch 24, 1968(1968-03-24) (aged 61)
Keene, New Hampshire, U.S.
Years active1929-1965
Spouse(s)Alice Wood
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Howard Petrie
BornHoward Alexander Petrie
(1906-11-22)November 22, 1906
Beverly, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedMarch 24, 1968(1968-03-24) (aged 61)
Keene, New Hampshire, U.S.
Years active1929-1965
Spouse(s)Alice Wood

Howard Alexander Petrie (November 22, 1906 - March 24, 1968) was an American radio, television, and film actor.

Early life[edit]

Howard Petrie was born in Beverly, Massachusetts on November 22, 1906. When Howard was three years old his family moved to Concord, Massachusetts The Petries later lived in Arlington, Massachusetts and then Somerville, Massachusetts, where Howard Petrie received his secondary school education. A talented musician, he conducted his high school glee club and played with various instrumental groups. He was a member of the debating team, a captain in the School Regiment and Chairman of the Senior Night Committee.

Petrie appeared in school dramatic productions including a starring role as "Marquis de la Seigliere" in the senior class play and the Jules Sandeau three-act comedy, Mademoiselle de la Seigliere.

Radio career[edit]

After he graduated from Somerville High School in 1924, Petrie worked briefly as a bank clerk and a securities salesman. While on a sales call to a radio station, his sonorous bass voice landed him a job. He joined WBZ Radio in Boston in 1929 as a junior announcer. After ten months at the WBZ studios, Petrie left for New York City in June, 1930 where he joined the staff of NBC. Petrie soon became the head announcer for many of the network's shows. His first major network assignment was on Everything Goes, starring Garry Moore. He was the announcer for scores of shows including Abbie's Irish Rose, Big Sister, Camel Caravan, Blondie, The Ray Bolger Show, The Judy Canova Show, The Jimmy Durante Show, and The Garry Moore Show.

While at NBC he met his future wife, Alice Wood who was employed at NBC between 1931 and 1936. The Petries had one son.

In 1936, Petrie won the prestigious Batten, Barten and Durstine Award for Good Announcing. In 1942 he was the recipient of the H.P. Davis Memorial Announcers' Award for "personality, adaptability, diction, voice and versatility." Petrie moved to California in 1943 to become the announcer for The Judy Canova Show. As a "personality announcer," he became a character in the show.

Film and television career[edit]

In 1947, a movie producer who was looking for a tall man for a character role, saw Petrie on the radio stage and offered him the part. At 6 feet four and 240 pounds, Petrie played numerous "big man" roles. He worked as a character actor in over thirty feature films and forty television shows. He often appeared in Westerns in both mediums.

Later years and death[edit]

Howard Petrie had been living in semi-retirement at his home, Autumn Hill, in Walpole, New Hampshire, when he died in Keene, New Hampshire, on March 24, 1968.

Partial filmography[edit]

1947The Fabulous JoeGeorge Baxter
The Hal Roach Comedy CarnivalGeorge Baxter, in "Fabulous Joe"
1950Fancy PantsSecret Service ManUncredited
Walk Softly, StrangerBowen
Rocky MountainCole Smith/California Beal
1951Cattle DriveCap
The Golden HordeTuglukAlternative title: The Golden Horde of Genghis Khan
1952Bend of the RiverTom HendricksAlternative title: Where the River Bends
Red Ball ExpressMajor General Lee Gordon
Carbine WilliamsSheriff
1953Fair Wind to JavaReeder
The Veils of BagdadKarsh
1954Seven Brides for Seven BrothersPete Perkins
The Bounty HunterSheriff Brand
1955Rage at DawnLattimore, Prosecuting AttorneyAlternative title: Seven Bad Men
How to Be Very, Very PopularDesk Sergeant
1956The Maverick QueenButch Cassidy
A Kiss Before DyingHoward Chesser, Chief of Police
1957The Tin StarMayor Harvey King
1954WaterfrontHugh Perry1 episode
1955The Ford Television TheatreBaker1 episode
1956GunsmokeAbe Brant1 episode "Yorky"
1957Broken ArrowSam Carson1 episode
Letter to LorettaScoutmaster1 episode
Casey JonesGeorge Newsome1 episode
1958The CaliforniansStryker1 episode
Alcoa TheatreLieutenant Gifford1 episode
CheyenneBurt Wrangel1 episode "Wagon-Tongue North"
1959Frontier JusticeKroll1 episode
BonanzaMajor Ormsby1 episode
LawmanHal Mead1 episode
MaverickMike Burke1 episode
Colt .45John Porter1 episode
The DuPont Show with June AllysonAbbott1 episode
1960Shotgun SladeMajor Kennedy1 episode
M SquadMr. Patrick - Head of heist team1 episode
Have Gun – Will TravelJack Foster1 episode
Mr. LuckyJohn Dort1 episode
Johnny RingoEd Blanchard1 episode
Bat MastersonHugh Blaine4 episodes
The Life and Legend of Wyatt EarpGovernor Gibbs2 episodes
BroncoRigby1 episode
HenneseyAdmiral Wright1 episode
Peter GunnLockland1 episode
1960–1962Death Valley DaysJoseph Hooker2 episodes
1961National VelvetBjorensen1 episode
The Many Loves of Dobie GillisCol. McCurdy1 episode
1964–1965The Edge of NightOtto ZimermanUnknown episodes


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