Allan Lane

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Allan Lane
BornHarry Leonard Albershardt
(1909-09-22)September 22, 1909
Mishawaka, Indiana
DiedOctober 27, 1973(1973-10-27) (aged 64)
Woodland Hills, California
Cause of death
Cancer
Resting place
Inglewood Park Cemetery
OccupationFilm and television actor
Years active1929–1966
Spouse(s)Sheila Ryan
(m. 1945–1946; divorced)
Gladys Leslie
(divorced)
 
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Allan Lane
BornHarry Leonard Albershardt
(1909-09-22)September 22, 1909
Mishawaka, Indiana
DiedOctober 27, 1973(1973-10-27) (aged 64)
Woodland Hills, California
Cause of death
Cancer
Resting place
Inglewood Park Cemetery
OccupationFilm and television actor
Years active1929–1966
Spouse(s)Sheila Ryan
(m. 1945–1946; divorced)
Gladys Leslie
(divorced)

Allan "Rocky" Lane (September 22, 1909 – October 27, 1973) was an American studio leading man and the star of many cowboy B-movies in the 1940s and 1950s. He appeared in more than 125 films and TV shows in a career lasting from 1929 to 1966. He is best for being the voice of the talking horse on the television series Mister Ed, beginning in 1961.

Biography[edit]

Lane was born as Harry Leonard Albershardt in Indiana to William H. Albershardt and his wife, Linnie Anne.[1] He grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan.[2] Lane had been a photographer, model and stage actor by the time he was 20 years old. He was spotted by Fox Film Corporation (later 20th Century Fox) talent scouts and was signed to a contract. His first film role for Fox was as a romantic lead opposite June Collyer in the 1929 release, Not Quite Decent (now a lost film). He made several other films at Fox but jumped ship to Warner Bros. in the early 1930s.[citation needed]

Film career[edit]

While at Warner his career foundered, and after a number of bit parts he left films in the early 1930s. By 1936, Lane returned to films and to 20th Century Fox, taking supporting roles in the drama Laughing at Trouble and the Shirley Temple film Stowaway. After several more supporting roles at Fox, Lane longed for a starring role; therefore, he took the lead in a Republic Pictures' short feature, The Duke Comes Back (1937).

From 1929 through 1936, he appeared in twenty-four films. In 1937 his career began to soar; he was a hit in 1938's The Law West of Tombstone. In 1940, he portrayed "RCMP Sergeant Dave King", the role becoming one of his most notable successes. The first was King of the Royal Mounted, a 1940 serial adaptation of Zane Grey's King of the Royal Mounted, with Lane playing the lead role. He starred in several Royal Canadian Mounted Police films, including the serials The Yukon Patrol and King of the Mounties. He is best remembered for these today. In 1946 and 1947, he portrayed "Red Ryder" in seven films. The following year, he became "Rocky Lane" in Western films.

Between 1940 and 1966, Lane made eighty-two film and television series appearances, mostly in westerns. Between 1947 and 1953, he made over 30 B-movie westerns (as "Rocky" Lane) with his faithful horse 'Black Jack'. His last roles were in voice over acting, including providing the speech for Mister Ed (1961–1966). In 2003 he won the TV Land Award for the category "Favorite Pet-Human Relationship" as Mr. Ed.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Series
Guest appearances

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1910 U.S. Census, St. Joseph County, Indiana
  2. ^ Allan Lane profile
  3. ^ IMDb profile for Allan Lane

Gunsmoke, episode "Texam Cowboys", 1958

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