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Herb Vigran

Herb Vigran

Show Count: 77
Series Count: 7
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: June 5, 1910
Old Time Radio, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Died: November 29, 1986, Los Angeles, California, USA
Aa well-known American character actor in Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1980s. Over his 50-year career, he made over 350 television and film appearances.

Herbert "Herb" Vigran was a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, but his family moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he was reared. He graduated with a law degree from Indiana University School of Law but later chose to pursue acting.

After starting out on Broadway, he soon moved to Hollywood with no money and only the Broadway acting experience. In 1939, Vigran's agent helped him secure a lead in the radio drama Silver Theatre. The actor had a $5 recording made of the radio show and used it as a demo to get other jobs with his unique voice. He performed in radio shows with the likes of Jack Benny, Bob Hope,Lucille Ball and Jimmy Durante.

He later had hundreds of television appearances on shows like Adventures of Superman (six episodes), Dragnet (11 episodes), I Love Lucy (four episodes), The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (seven episodes), Perry Mason (two episodes), Dragnet 1967 (seven episodes), and The Brady Bunch (two episodes). Vigran had a recurring role as Judge Brooker in Gunsmoke between 1970-1975. He appeared in a number of I Love Lucy episodes, and in the 1954 episode titled Lucy Is Envious, Vigran is the promoter who hired Lucy and Ethel to dress up as "Women From Mars" for a publicity stunt. With his bushy eyebrows and balding pate, he was easily cast in a wide variety of middle-aged "everyman" roles: cops, small-time crooks, judges, jurors, bartenders, repairmen, neighbors, shopkeepers, etc.

In the rock and roll movie Go, Johnny, Go (1959), Vigran played an assistant to promoter Alan Freed and performed dialogue scenes with rock legend Chuck Berry. He also provided the voice of "Whitney's boss" on the Arrowhead bottled-water television (animated) and radio commercials in the 1960s.

Personal life and death 

In 1952, Vigran married the former Belle Pasternack. The couple had two sons. Vigran was active up until his death from cancer on November 29, 1986 in Los Angeles. He was cremated.

Source: Wikipedia

City, TheCity, The
Show Count: 2
Broadcast History: 2 February 1947 to 3 August 1947
Cast: Herb Butterfield, Anne Morrison, David Ellis, Herb Vigran, Robert Bruce, Norman Macdonnell, Lenore Kingston, Gil Warren
Producer: Sterling Tracy
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.
Father Knows BestFather Knows Best
Show Count: 112
Broadcast History: 25 August 1949 to 19 November 1953
Sponsor: General Foods
Cast: Robert Young, Sam Edwards, Norma Jean Nilsson, Herb Vigran, June Whitley, Eleanor Audley, Ted Donaldson, Rhoda Williams, Jean Vander Pyl
Director: Ken Burton, Fran Van Hartesfeldt, Murray Bolen
Producer: Ken Burton, Fran Van Hartesfeldt, Murray Bolen
An American radio and television comedy series which portrayed a middle class family life in the Midwest. It was created by writer Ed James in the 1940s, and ran on radio from 1949 to 1954 and on television from 1954 to 1960.
Halls Of Ivy, TheHalls Of Ivy, The
Show Count: 84
Broadcast History: 6 June 1950 to 6 January 1952
Cast: Arthur Q. Bryan, Willard Waterman, Ronald Colman, Benita Hume Colman, Alan Reed, Herb Butterfield, Elizabeth Patterson, Gloria Gordon, Jerry Hausner, Paula Winslowe, Raymond Lawrence, Sheldon Leonard, Herb Vigran, Ken Christy, Jean Vander Pyl, Jeffrey Silver, Johnny McGovern, Charles Seel, Bob Seeney, Virginia Gregg, Rolfe Sedan
Director: Nat Wolff
Producer: Don Quinn, Nat Wolff
A situation comedy show, which follows the daily trials and tribulations of a college president in a small American College. It ran for two seasons from 1950 to 1952 and was aired at 8pm initially on Fridays and then on a Wednesday evening for the second season.
Broadcast: 11th October 1948
Added: Mar 22 2010
Broadcast: 23rd March 1951
Added: Jan 27 2012
Broadcast: 29th November 1955
Added: Jan 08 2011
Broadcast: 8th December 1953
Added: Dec 08 2007
Broadcast: 16th October 1956
Added: Oct 16 2010
Broadcast: 11th May 1953
Added: Dec 20 2012
Broadcast: September 8, 1954
Added: Aug 16 2015
Broadcast: 11th February 1952
Added: Feb 17 2009
Broadcast: 3rd December 1954
Added: Sep 10 2013
Broadcast: 2nd August 1959
Added: Aug 13 2011
Broadcast: 18th September 1953
Added: Sep 27 2010
Broadcast: 18th October 1959
Added: Jul 07 2007
Broadcast: 11th July 1951
Added: Jul 24 2011
Broadcast: 15th November 1954
Added: Sep 09 2012
Broadcast: 29th October 1951
Added: Oct 29 2009
Broadcast: 19th May 1954
Added: May 06 2013
Broadcast: 14th October 1954
Added: Nov 28 2009
Broadcast: 8th February 1951
Added: Jan 29 2006
Broadcast: 13th July 1954
Added: Apr 22 2011
Broadcast: 19th November 1952
Added: Oct 23 2010
Broadcast: 13th April 1952
Added: Jul 09 2011
Broadcast: 9th June 1954
Added: May 20 2013
Broadcast: 20th November 1952
Added: Dec 05 2011
Broadcast: 10th August 1958
Added: Aug 14 2011
Broadcast: 14th June 1959
Added: Sep 19 2011