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Barton Yarborough

Show Count: 17
Series Count: 4
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: October 2, 1900, Goldthwaite, Texas, USA
Died: December 19, 1951, Burbank, California, USA

William Barton Yarborough (October 2, 1900 – December 19, 1951) was an American actor who worked extensively inradio drama.

As a youth, Yarborough ran away from home, attracted by the vaudeville stages, and he first worked in radio during the 1920s. He married radio actress Barbara Jo Allen (later known professionally as Vera Vague); they divorced in 1931.

In 1932, Yarborough began a long run as Clifford Barbour on One Man's Family, continuing in the role throughout his life. Yarborough was probably best known for his roles as Doc Long in the West Coast cast of Carlton E. Morse's I Love a Mystery and Sergeant Ben Romero, Joe Friday's original partner, on Dragnet.

Yarborough's other radio work includes the role of Skip Turner in Adventures by Morse, also by Carlton E. Morse.Yarborough appeared as Doc Long in three feature films for Columbia Pictures, based on the radio series I Love a Mystery:I Love a Mystery in 1945, The Devil's Mask and The Unknown.

He started work on the Dragnet television series in 1951. However, the day after he filmed the second episode, he suffered a heart attack and died four days later at age 51. On Dragnet, the character of Ben Romero was replaced by Sergeant Ed Jacobs (Barney Phillips), and on One Man's Family the character of Cliff Barbour, heard for 19 years, was dropped from the storyline.

Source: Wikipedia

I Love a MysteryI Love a Mystery
Show Count: 113
Broadcast History: 16 January 1939 to 26 December 1952
Cast: Elliott Lewis, Luis Van Rooten, Russell Thorson, Michael Raffetto, Tony Randall, Robert Dryden, Jack Edwards, John McIntire, Cathy Lewis, Barton Yarborough, Jay Novello, Ben Alexander, Gloria Blondell, Cliff Arquette, Naomi Stevens, Edgar Norton, Barbara Jean Wong, Richard Legrand, Walter Paterson, Lal Chand Mehra, Jim Boles, Mercedes McCambridge
Director: Carlton E Morse
Producer: Al Span, Carlton E Morse, Buddy Twiss, Ralph Amati, George Cooney, Barney Beck
I Love A Mystery weaves a spell over its fans. It is a tale of three partners, Jack Packard, Doc Long and Reggie Yorke who formed the A-1 detective agency. They are adventurers who travel the world in search of action, thrills and mystery, battling the evils of natural and supernatural and rescuing women in distress.
Broadcast: 4th September 1950
Added: Jan 07 2006
Broadcast: 5th September 1950
Added: Jan 08 2006
Broadcast: July 31, 1953
Added: May 25 2014
Broadcast: 10th August 1950
Added: Aug 30 2009
Broadcast: March 20, 1949
Added: Mar 29 2008
Broadcast: August 7, 1953
Added: Jun 01 2014