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Harry Bartell

Show Count: 235
Series Count: 10
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: November 28, 1913, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Died: February 26, 2004 , Ashland, Oregon, USA

Harry Bartell (November 28, 1913 – February 26, 2004) was an American actor and announcer in radio, television and film. With his rather youthful sounding voice, Bartell was one of the busiest West Coast character actors from the early 1940s until the final end of network radio drama in the 1960s. He served in the United States Army.

Bartell was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, but grew up in Houston, where he got his start at station KRPC. Upon moving toCalifornia, he became a favorite of producer/director Norman MacDonnell, performing frequently on Escape (notably as Ronald Dawson in The Second Class Passenger and Peyton Farquar in Ambrose Bierce's An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge), and was a leading member of the Gunsmoke repertory company. Bartell was with the latter series from the first broadcast on April 26, 1952 until the last show on June 18, 1961; his roles ranged from friendly townspeople to victims to heavies, from the occasional role of Dodge City printer Mr. Hightower to famed gunslinger Doc Holliday in a 1952 episode. With fellow actor Vic Perrin, he also co-wrote two episodes near the end of the radio run, and appeared many times on the TV version of Gunsmoke, sometimes reprising his radio roles.

Bartell worked on other radio Westerns such as The Six Shooter, Frontier Gentleman, Have Gun Will Travel, and Fort Laramie (a regular as Lt. Seiberts). Other recurring radio parts included a stint as one of several actors to play Archie Goodwin in The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe starring Sydney Greenstreet, Tommy Brooks on the situation comedyThe Charlotte Greenwood Show, and Officer Ed Miller on Rogers of the Gazette. As an announcer, he was heard on The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for several years, interviewing Dr. Watson and segueing into commercials for Petri Wine (he also announced on Silver Theater in the 1940s and on the radio version of Dear Abby from 1960 until 1972).

Other radio acting jobs included multiple roles in Norman Corwin's VE day special On a Note of Triumph, frequent appearances on Jack Webb's shows Dragnet and Pete Kelly's Blues, and episodic parts on The Modern Adventures of Casanova (starring Errol Flynn), My Favorite Husband, The Saint, Suspense, and Lux Radio Theater,

In films and television, his youthful voice was revealed to come from a silver-haired figure. His TV appearances included guest roles on Get Smart, I Love Lucy, Wild Wild West, andThe Twilight Zone, in addition to the television versions of Gunsmoke and Dragnet (reprising his radio role of Father Rojas in Christmas episodes of both the 1951 and 1967 series). His few films included the 1954 Dragnet movie and an unbilled part in Howard Hawks' Monkey Business.

Apart from his acting work, Bartell was an active photographer (many of his photos of the Gunsmoke cast appeared in the 1990 book on the series Gunsmoke: A Complete History). In his last years, he was a frequent presence at old-time radio conventions and recreations, wrote online articles about the medium and his experiences, and even participated in radio-themed chat rooms. His final radio appearance was on Seattle radio producer Jim French's series The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, guest starring as a blustery American publisher in an August 2003 episode. He died the following February.

Source: Wikipedia

Defense AttorneyDefense Attorney
Show Count: 4
Broadcast History: 31 August 1951 to 30 December 1952
Cast: Mercedes McCambridge, Howard Culver, Tony Barrett, Irene Tedrow, Harry Bartell
Director: Dwight Hauser
Fort LaramieFort Laramie
Show Count: 39
Broadcast History: 22 January 1956 to 28 October 1956
Cast: Raymond Burr, Vic Perrin, Harry Bartell, Jack Moyles
Producer: Norman Macdonnell
Hollywood Star PlayhouseHollywood Star Playhouse
Show Count: 18
Broadcast History: April 24th, 1950 - February 15th, 1953
Cast: James Stewart, Deborah Kerr, Harry Bartell, William Conrad
Director: Jack Johnstone
Producer: Robert Ryan
Host: Herbert Rawlinson, Orval Anderson
Hollywood Star Playhouse, a drama anthology, was directed by Jack Johnstone and starred such mega actors as James Stewart, Deborah Kerr, Harry Bartell and William Conrad.
On StageOn Stage
Show Count: 13
Broadcast History: 1 January 1953 to 30 September 1953
Cast: Ben Wright, Elliott Lewis, Howard McNear, William Conrad, Paul Frees, Harry Bartell, Cathy Lewis, Barney Phillips, Peggy Webber
Director: Elliott Lewis
Producer: Elliott Lewis
Broadcast: 14th January 1951
Added: Jan 06 2007
Broadcast: 24th August 1953
Added: Sep 07 2013
Broadcast: 11th April 1950
Added: Mar 27 2006
Broadcast: 26th January 1954
Added: Jun 27 2009
Broadcast: 25th September 1956
Added: Sep 25 2010
Broadcast: 6th March 1956
Added: Mar 07 2010
Broadcast: 24th January 1956
Added: Jan 24 2010
Broadcast: 8th September 1953
Added: Feb 08 2007
Broadcast: 5th January 1954
Added: Jun 22 2009
Broadcast: 27th December 1955
Added: Dec 26 2009
Broadcast: 28th December 1952
Added: Dec 28 2006
Broadcast: 3rd January 1956
Added: Dec 27 2009
Broadcast: 13th April 1954
Added: Jul 09 2009
Broadcast: 3rd November 1953
Added: Jun 20 2009
Broadcast: 16th March 1954
Added: Jul 21 2009
Broadcast: 1st May 1952
Added: May 01 2006
Broadcast: 31st July 1952
Added: Jul 31 2006
Broadcast: 16th February 1954
Added: Jul 07 2009
Broadcast: 14th February 1956
Added: Feb 21 2010
Broadcast: 15th February 1953
Added: Jul 24 2006
Broadcast: 16th November 1952
Added: Nov 16 2006
Broadcast: 22nd November 1955
Added: Jan 01 2011
Broadcast: 6th July 1958
Added: Aug 04 2011
Broadcast: 22nd February 1959
Added: Aug 15 2011
Broadcast: 4th September 1954
Added: May 18 2009
Broadcast: 5th May 1952
Added: Jun 29 2010
Broadcast: 26th May 1950
Added: Dec 29 2008
Broadcast: 11th January 1953
Added: Jan 04 2009
Broadcast: 10th November 1952
Added: Nov 09 2010
Broadcast: 20th November 1960
Added: Aug 22 2009
Broadcast: 29th September 1957
Added: Oct 04 2010
Broadcast: 12th September 1948
Added: Nov 28 2008
Broadcast: 25th August 1949
Added: Apr 05 2009
Broadcast: 23rd September 1953
Added: Mar 21 2009
Broadcast: 13th January 1955
Added: Jan 22 2010
Broadcast: 15th October 1951
Added: Jun 27 2009
Broadcast: 18th February 1951
Added: Oct 24 2005
Broadcast: 6th October 1952
Added: Oct 05 2010
Broadcast: 21st May 1951
Added: May 29 2009
Broadcast: 27th September 1955
Added: Jun 11 2010
Broadcast: 28th September 1958
Added: Sep 26 2011
Broadcast: 4th May 1950
Added: Jun 12 2007
Broadcast: 15th September 1952
Added: Sep 14 2010
Broadcast: 30th April 1951
Added: Sep 08 2009
Broadcast: 1st December 1957
Added: Dec 02 2010
Broadcast: 27th May 1953
Added: Jun 11 2012
Broadcast: 15th March 1953
Starring: Harry Bartell
Added: Jun 13 2002
Broadcast: 30th July 1949
Added: Mar 20 2006
Broadcast: 6th March 1960
Added: Mar 06 2012
Broadcast: 10th December 1947
Starring: Harry Bartell
Added: Jun 13 2001
Broadcast: 9th December 1954
Added: Dec 25 2009
Broadcast: 8th October 1949
Added: Nov 26 2005
Broadcast: 14th July 1947
Added: Jul 13 2004
Broadcast: 18th December 1950
Added: Dec 18 2008
Broadcast: 8th May 1960
Added: May 07 2012
Broadcast: 8th November 1949
Added: Jul 25 2005
Broadcast: 22nd May 1950
Added: Jun 01 2010
Broadcast: 28th June 1948
Added: Aug 12 2008
Broadcast: 21st February 1950
Added: Sep 12 2005
Broadcast: 10th January 1948
Starring: Harry Bartell
Added: Sep 11 2001
Broadcast: 25th March 1954
Added: Jan 11 2009
Broadcast: 19th September 1952
Added: Feb 02 2009
Broadcast: 5th September 1956
Added: May 29 2010
Broadcast: 28th March 1948
Added: May 22 2009
Broadcast: 22nd August 1951
Added: Aug 22 2005
Broadcast: 7th August 1952
Added: Jul 30 2011
Broadcast: 30th December 1956
Added: Jan 01 2011
Broadcast: 25th February 1952
Added: Feb 02 2010
Broadcast: 10th February 1956
Added: Apr 24 2007
Broadcast: 17th January 1950
Added: Jan 05 2009
Broadcast: 25th August 1957
Added: Sep 11 2012
Broadcast: 15th November 1949
Added: Jun 13 2001
Broadcast: March 17, 1950
Added: Jun 13 2001
Broadcast: 7th October 1946
Added: Jan 20 2006
Broadcast: 28th April 1948
Added: Aug 09 2009
Broadcast: 8th August 1951
Added: Dec 06 2005
Broadcast: 4th August 1957
Added: Jan 31 2011
Broadcast: 21st January 1953
Added: Jan 21 2008