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Paul Douglas (actor)

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Paul Douglas April 11, 1907 − September 11, 1959 was an American actor


  • 1 Early years
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Death
  • 5 Filmography
  • 6 Radio appearances
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Early yearsedit

Douglas was born Paul Douglas Fleischer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Margaret Douglas and William Paul Fleischer He attended Yale University and participated in dramatics as a student there1


Douglas worked originally as an announcer for CBS radio station WCAU in Philadelphia, relocating to network headquarters in New York in 1934 Douglas co-hosted CBS's popular swing music program, The Saturday Night Swing Club, from 1936 to 1939

He made his Broadway debut in 1936 as the Radio Announcer in Doty Hobart and Tom McKnight's Double Dummy at the John Golden Theatre In 1946 he won both a Theatre World Award and a Clarence Derwent Award for his portrayal of Harry Brock in Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday2

Douglas began appearing in films in 1949 He may be best remembered for two baseball comedy movies, It Happens Every Spring 1949 and Angels in the Outfield 1951 He also played Richard Widmark's police partner in the 1950 thriller Panic in the Streets, frustrated newlywed Porter Hollingsway in A Letter to Three Wives 1949, Sgt Kowalski in The Big Lift 1950, businessman Josiah Walter Dudley in Executive Suite 1954 and a con man-turned-monk in When in Rome 1952 Douglas was host of the 22nd annual Academy Awards in March 1950 Continuing in radio, he was the announcer for The Ed Wynn Show, and the first host of NBC Radio's The Horn & Hardart Children's Hour In April 1959 Douglas appeared on The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show as Lucy Ricardo's television morning show co-host in the episode "Lucy Wants a Career"3

In 1955 he appeared in the play "The Caine Mutiny" but was suspended by his union when he made comments that offended southern audiences about segregation4

Douglas was originally cast in the 1960 episode of The Twilight Zone called "The Mighty Casey", a role written for him by Rod Serling based on his character in Angels in the Outfield Douglas died the day after production of the episode had been completed He had been in his last stages of illness during filming, and his severe physical state was apparent on film The crew incorrectly assumed that his condition was the result of heavy drinking The episode – which was a comedy – was deemed unairable It was, however, resurrected some months later, and Douglas's scenes were re-shot with Jack Warden

Personal lifeedit

Douglas was married five times—to Elizabeth Farnum, Susie Wells, and Gerri Higgins,5 and to actresses Virginia Field and Jan Sterling6

Douglas and Field had a daughter, Margaret The couple divorced in 19465 He married Sterling on May 12, 19507 They had a son, Adams, born October 20, 19551


Paul Douglas died of a heart attack at his home in Hollywood, California on September 11, 1959, at the age of 521 He had just finished filming scenes from a Twilight Zone episode called "The Mighty Casey" As with Angels in the Outfield, he played a manager frustrated by a losing team Most of his scenes were re-shot with Jack Warden as the manager

Film director Billy Wilder and his longtime co-writer I A L 'Izzy' Diamond had just offered him the role of Jeff Sheldrake in the 1960 movie The Apartment that went to Fred MacMurray instead Wilder later said: "I saw him and his wife, Jan Sterling, at a restaurant, and I realized he was perfect, and I asked him right there in the parking lot About two days before we were to start, he had a heart attack and died Iz and I were shattered"


  • Calling All Tars 1935 uncredited
  • A Letter to Three Wives 1949
  • It Happens Every Spring 1949
  • Everybody Does It 1949
  • The Big Lift 1950
  • Love That Brute 1950
  • Panic in the Streets 1950
  • Fourteen Hours 1951
  • The Guy Who Came Back 1951
  • Rhubarb 1951 uncredited
  • Angels in the Outfield 1951
  • Never Wave at a WAC 1952
  • When in Rome 1952
  • Clash by Night 1952
  • We're Not Married! 1952
  • Forever Female 1953
  • The Maggie 1954
  • The Final Twist 1954
  • Present for a Bride 1954
  • Javanese Dagger 1954
  • Executive Suite 1954
  • Green Fire 1954
  • Joe MacBeth 1955
  • The Leather Saint 1956
  • The Solid Gold Cadillac 1956
  • The Gamma People 1956
  • This Could Be the Night 1957
  • Beau James 1957
  • Fortunella 1958
  • The Mating Game 1959

Radio appearancesedit

Year Program Episode/source
1952 Suspense Mann Alive8
1952 Hollywood Star Playhouse Hospital Zone, Quiet9
1953 Theatre Guild on the Air The Show-Off10


  1. ^ a b c "Paul Douglas, Actor, Dies" Idaho State Journal September 11, 1959 p 1 Retrieved May 23, 2015 – via Newspaperscom 
  2. ^ Internet Broadway Database entry
  3. ^ IMDB entry
  4. ^ https://newsgooglecom/newspapersid=jXpOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jQAEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7411%2C4880166
  5. ^ a b "About Douglas and New Wife" The Spokesman-Review June 4, 1950 Retrieved 26 May 2015 
  6. ^ Katz, Ephraim 1979 The Film Encyclopedia: The Most Comprehensive Encyclopedia of World Cinema in a Single Volume Perigee Books ISBN 0-399-50601-2 Pp 355-356
  7. ^ "Actor Paul Douglas Takes Fifth Bride in LA Court" The San Bernardino County Sun May 13, 1950 p 1 Retrieved May 23, 2015 – via Newspaperscom 
  8. ^ Kirby, Walter November 23, 1952 "Better Radio Programs for the Week" The Decatur Daily Review p 48 Retrieved June 16, 2015 – via Newspaperscom 
  9. ^ "Better Radio Programs for the Week" The Decatur Daily Review March 9, 1952 p 42 Retrieved May 23, 2015 – via Newspaperscom 
  10. ^ Kirby, Walter February 22, 1953 "Better Radio Programs for the Week" The Decatur Daily Review p 40 Retrieved June 23, 2015 – via Newspaperscom 

External linksedit

  • Biography portal
  • Paul Douglas on Internet Movie Database
  • Paul Douglas at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Paul Douglas at Find a Grave

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