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Gerald Mohr

Show Count: 223
Series Count: 11
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: June 11, 1914, New York City, New York, USA
Died: November 9, 1968, Södermalm, Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden

Gerald Mohr (June 11, 1914 – November 9, 1968) was an American radio, film and television character actor who appeared in more than 500 radio plays, 73 films and over 100 television shows.

Life and career 

Mohr was born in New York City, the son of Henrietta (née Neustadt), a singer, and Sigmond Mohr. He was educated in Dwight Preparatory School in New York City, where he learned to speak fluent French and German and also learned to ride horses and play the piano. At Columbia University, where he was on a course to become a doctor, Mohr was struck with appendicitis and was recovering in a hospital when another patient, a radio broadcaster, realised Mohr's pleasant baritone voice would be ideal for radio. Mohr was hired by the radio station and became a junior reporter. In the mid-1930s, Orson Welles invited him to join his formativeMercury Theatre. During his time with Welles, Mohr gained theatrical experience on Broadway in The Petrified Forest and starred inJean Christophe.

Mohr made more than five hundred appearances in radio roles throughout the 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s. He starred as Raymond Chandler's hardboiled detective, Philip Marlowe, 1948–1951, in 119 half-hour radio plays. He also starred in The Adventures of Bill Lance, was one of the actors who portrayed Archie Goodwin in Nero Wolfe, frequently starred in The Whistler and acted in different roles in multiple episodes of Damon Runyon Theater and Frontier Town. Other radio appearances include Our Miss Brooks, The Shadow of Fu Manchu, Box 13, Escape and Lux Radio Theatre.

Mohr began appearing in films in the late 1930s, playing his first villain role in the 15-part cliffhanger serial Jungle Girl (1941). After three years' service in the US Army Air Forces during World War II, he returned to Hollywood, starring as Michael Lanyard in three movies of "The Lone Wolf" series in 1946-47. He also made cameo appearances in Gilda (1946) and Detective Story (1951), and co-starred in "The Magnificent Rogue" (1946) and The Sniper (1952). In 1949 he was co-announcer, along with Fred Foy, and narrator of twelve of the shows of the first series of The Lone Ranger, starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels.

From the 1950s on, he appeared as a guest star in more than one hundred television series, including the westerns The Californians,Maverick, Johnny Ringo, The Alaskans, Lawman, Cheyenne, Bronco, Overland Trail (as James Addison Reavis, "the Baron of Arizona", in the episode "The Baron Comes Back"),Sugarfoot, Bonanza, the Wanted: Dead or Alive (episode "Till Death do us Part"), and Rawhide.

Mohr also guest starred on Crossroads, The DuPont Show with June Allyson, Harrigan and Son, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, Perry Mason, 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, Lost in Space, and many other series of the era, especially those being produced by Warner Brothers Studios and Dick Powell's Four Star Productions.

Mohr made guest appearances in comedy shows, including The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1951), How to Marry a Millionaire (1958), The Jack Benny Program (1961 & 1962), The Smothers Brothers Show (1965) and The Lucy Show (1968). He had the recurring role of newsman Brad Jackson in My Friend Irma (1952). Mohr is remembered for his performance as "Ricky's friend" psychiatrist 'Dr. Henry Molin' (real life name of the assistant film editor on the show) in the classic February 1953 I Love Lucy episode, "The Inferiority Complex". Mohr's repeated line was, "Treatment, Ricky. Treatment".

In 1954-1955, he starred as Christopher Storm in 41 episodes of the third series of "Foreign Intrigue - Cross Current", produced in Stockholm for American distribution. During several episodes of "Foreign Intrigue", but most noticeably in "The Confidence Game" and "The Playful Prince", he can be heard playing on the piano his own musical composition, "The Frontier Theme", so called because Christopher Storm was the owner of the Hotel Frontier in Vienna. "Foreign Intrigue" was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1954 under the category "Best Mystery, Action or Adventure Program" and again in 1955 under the category "Best Mystery or Intrigue Series".

Mohr guest starred seven times in the 1957-1962 television series Maverick, twice playing Western outlaw Doc Holliday, a role he reprised once more in "Doc Holliday in Durango", a 1958 episode of the television western series Tombstone Territory starring Pat Conway and Richard Eastham. In one of the other "Maverick" episodes he portrayed Steve Corbett, a character based on Bogart's in Casablanca. That episode, "Escape to Tampico," used the set from the original film, this time as a Mexican saloon where Bret Maverick (James Garner) arrives to hunt down Mohr's character for an earlier murder. Mohr made four guest appearances on Perry Mason between 1961-1966. In his first appearance he played Joe Medici in "The Case of the Unwelcome Bride." In 1963, he played murder victim Austin Lloyd in "The Case of the Elusive Element." In 1964, he played the murderer, Alan Durfee, in "The Case of a Place Called Midnight." In 1966, he played agent Andy Rubin in the series' final episode, "The Case of the Final Fadeout."

In 1964 Mohr, together with his second wife Mai, planned the formation of an international film company, headquartered in Stockholm, with Swedish and American writers. The company was to have featured comedy, adventure, crime and drama shows for worldwide distribution. By then fluent in Swedish, he also planned to star in a film for TV in which his character, a newspaperman, would speak only Swedish. In 1964 he made a comedy Western, filmed in Stockholm and on location in Yugoslavia, called Wild West Story (see Swedish Wikipedia link) in which, unusually, the good guys spoke Swedish and the bad guys (Mohr, inter alia) spoke in English.

He continued to market his powerful voice, playing Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic) in the Fantastic Four cartoon series during 1967 and Green Lantern in the 1968 animated series Aquaman. Also in 1968 he appeared in his last film role, as con-man 'Tom Branca' in William Wyler's classic musical Funny Girl before guest starring in the TV Western series The Big Valley.

He then flew to Stockholm in September 1968, to star in the pilot of a proposed television series called Private Entrance, featuring Swedish film and TV actress Christina Schollin. Shortly after the completion of filming, Mohr died of a heart attack in the evening of November 9, 1968, in Södermalm, Stockholm, at the age of 54. Mohr is interred in thecolumbarium of Lidingö Kyrkogård in Lidingö, Stockholms Lan, Sweden.

Source: Wikipedia

Burns & AllenBurns & Allen
Show Count: 160
Broadcast History: 15 February 1932 to 13 June 1934, 19 September 1934 to 24 March 1937, 12 April 1937 to 1 August 1938, 30 September 1938 to 23 June 1939, 4 October to 1939 to 26 June 1940, 1 July 1940 to 24 March 1941, 7 October 1941 to 30 June 1942, 6 October 1942 to 25 June 1945, 20 September 1945 to 23 June 1949 and 21 September 1949 to 17 May 1950
Sponsor: Robert Burns Panatella, White Owl Cigars, Campbell Soups, Grape Nuts, Chesterfield Cigarettes, Hinds Cream, Hormel Meats, Lever Brothers, Swan Soap, Maxwell House Coffee Time, Block Drugs
Cast: Gracie Allen, George Burns, Elvia Allman, Mel Blanc, Margaret Brayton, Sara Berner, Clarence Nash, Elliott Lewis, Mary Lee Robb, Richard Crenna, Joseph Kearns, Eric Snowden, Bea Benaderet, Hal March, Gerald Mohr, Marvin Miller, Wally Maher, Doris Singleton, Dawn Bender, Tommy Bernard, Gale Gordon, Hans Conried
Director: Ed Gardner, Ralph Levy, Al Kaye
Producer: Ed Gardner, Ralph Levy, Al Kaye
Damon Runyon Theater, TheDamon Runyon Theater, The
Show Count: 52
Broadcast History: 1948 to the mid 1950s
Cast: John Brown, Anne Whitfield, Gerald Mohr, William Conrad, Alan Reed, Herb Vigran, Frank Lovejoy, Sheldon Leonard, Eddie Marr, Luis Van Rooten, Joe DuVal, Willard Waterman, Ed Begley, Jeff Chandler, Sam Edwards, Hans Conried, Parley Baer
Director: Richard Sanville
Producer: Vern Carstensen
Starring John Brown as Broadway, the narrator of Damon Runyon’s dramatic stories of old Manhattan New York and the gangster life in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The stories could be tragic, and often quite sad as you become moved by the strength of the characters.
Encore TheaterEncore Theater
Show Count: 10
Broadcast History: 1946 to 1949
Cast: Gerald Mohr, Lionel Barrymore, Robert Young, Ronald Colman, Lurene Tuttle, Eric Snowden
Director: Bill Lawrence
Producer: Bill Lawrence
Judy Canova Show, TheJudy Canova Show, The
Show Count: 44
Broadcast History: 6 July 1943 to 27 June 1944, 13 January 1945 to 30 June 1951, and 29 December 1951 to 28 May 1953
Sponsor: Emerson Drug Company, General Motors, Colgate, Smith Brothers
Cast: Gale Gordon, Judy Canova, Mel Blanc, Verna Felton, Sharon Douglas, Hans Conried, Sheldon Leonard, Ruby Dandridge, Ruth Perrott, Joe Kearns, Gerald Mohr, Joseph Kearns, George Niese, Elvia Allman
Director: Joe Rines
Producer: Joe Rines
Jungle JimJungle Jim
Show Count: 362
Broadcast History: 2 November 1935 to 1 August 1954
Cast: Gerald Mohr, Matt Crowley, Franc Hale, Juano Hernandez
Producer: Jay Clark, Gene Stafford
Broadcast: 13th July 1949
Added: Mar 06 2009
Broadcast: 28th October 1946
Added: Jul 06 2009
Broadcast: 23rd November 1950
Added: Dec 03 2011
Broadcast: 24th June 1946
Starring: Gerald Mohr, Myra Marsh
Added: Jun 06 2006
Broadcast: 25th November 1951
Added: Dec 02 2010
Broadcast: 5th August 1946
Added: Aug 27 2006
Broadcast: 2nd June 1947
Added: Jun 07 2009
Broadcast: November 3, 1949
Added: Nov 02 2014
Broadcast: 18th May 1952
Added: May 30 2010
Broadcast: April 11, 1939
Added: Feb 20 2017
Broadcast: 2nd August 1953
Added: Oct 02 2012
Broadcast: 21st July 1948
Added: Nov 13 2006
Broadcast: 31st December 1947
Added: Jan 02 2009
Broadcast: 15th July 1948
Added: Apr 09 2011
Broadcast: 27th May 1948
Added: May 26 2009
Broadcast: December 7th 1940
Starring: Gerald Mohr
Added: Dec 12 2013
Broadcast: 11th February 1951
Added: Feb 20 2010
Broadcast: 7th January 1951
Added: Jan 06 2006
Broadcast: 3rd June 1946
Added: May 12 2008
Broadcast: 22nd June 1952
Added: Jun 06 2010
Broadcast: 2nd April 1950
Added: Nov 07 2010
Broadcast: 4th August 1949
Starring: Gerald Mohr, Tudor Owen
Added: Jul 10 2009
Broadcast: 10th February 1952
Added: Feb 13 2011
Broadcast: April 7, 1949
Added: Mar 27 2017
Broadcast: 21st March 1939
Added: Jul 26 2012
Broadcast: 24th June 1951
Added: Jun 24 2007
Broadcast: 27th July 1952
Added: Sep 26 2010
Broadcast: 27th November 1945
Added: Nov 07 2013
Broadcast: 8th November 1949
Added: Jul 25 2005
Broadcast: 27th April 1950
Added: Apr 27 2008
Broadcast: 10th February 1947
Added: Feb 08 2009
Broadcast: 23rd March 1952
Added: Feb 19 2012
Broadcast: 29th November 1948
Added: Nov 29 2005
Broadcast: 2nd September 1946
Added: Sep 24 2006
Broadcast: 28th January 1951
Added: Jan 29 2006
Broadcast: 15th April 1951
Added: Apr 15 2007
Broadcast: 25th November 1946
Added: Dec 07 2008
Broadcast: 19th November 1950
Added: Nov 19 2006
Broadcast: May 12, 1949
Added: May 10 2014