Frank Lovejoy

Frank Lovejoy

Show Count: 231
Series Count: 14
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: March 28, 1912
Old Time Radio, The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: October 2, 1962, New York City, New York, USA
An American actor in radio, film, and television. He was born Frank Andrew Lovejoy Jr. in Bronx, New York, but grew up in New Jersey. His father, Frank Lovejoy Sr., was a furniture salesman from Maine. His mother, Nora, was born in Massachusetts to Irish immigrant parents.

A successful radio actor, Lovejoy was heard on the 1930s crime drama series Gang Busters. Lovejoy was a narrator (during the first season) for the show This Is Your FBI. He played the title character on the syndicated The Blue Beetle during the 1940s, and starred in the later newspaper drama series Nightbeat in the early 1950s and in episodes of Suspense in the late 1950s.


In films of the 1940s and 1950s, Lovejoy mostly played supporting roles. Appearing in movies such as Goodbye, My Fancy (1951) withJoan Crawford, and The Hitch-Hiker (1953) directed by Ida Lupino, Lovejoy was effective playing the movie's everyman in extraordinary situations. He was in several war movies, notably Joseph H. Lewis' Retreat, Hell! (1952) which portrayed the United States Marine Corps' retreat from the Chosin Reservoir (aka the Changjin Reservoir) during the Korean War. In 1951, he had the title role in I Was a Communist for the FBI with co-stars Ron Hagerthy, Paul Picerni, and Philip Carey.


Lovejoy starred in two short-run TV series, Man Against Crime and Meet McGraw. Episodes of these two series have never been released commercially on DVD or VHS and never aired on reruns. Meet McGraw episodes were screened at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention.

Lovejoy was first married to Frances Williams (1901–59) but divorced in the late 1930s. In 1940, Lovejoy married actress Joan Banks(1918–1998), with whom he had a son and a daughter.

Among Lovejoy's last performances was with Donald May in the episode "County General" (March 18, 1962) on the ABC series Bus Stop with Marilyn Maxwell in the role of Grace Sherwood, owner of a diner in Sunrise, Colorado. That same season, he appeared on the ABC crime drama Target: The Corruptors! about the efforts of a New York City reporter to expose organized crime.


On October 2, 1962, Frank Lovejoy died of a heart attack in his sleep at his residence in New York City. His wife, Joan Banks, called for medical help after she was unable to wake him. The couple had been appearing in a New Jersey production of the Gore Vidal play The Best Man.

Source: Wikipedia

Amazing Mr. Malone, TheAmazing Mr. Malone, The
Show Count: 9
Broadcast History: 11 January 1947 to July 1951
Cast: Frank Lovejoy, Gene Raymond, George Petrie, Larry Haines
Director: Bill Rousseau, Richard Lewis
Producer: Bernard L Schubert
Beyond TomorrowBeyond Tomorrow
Show Count: 2
Broadcast History: 5 April 1950 to 13 April 1950
Cast: Everett Sloane, Bret Morrison, Frank Lovejoy
Director: Mitchell Grayson, William N Robson
Producer: Mitchell Grayson, William N Robson
Host: John Campbell Jr
Blue Beetle TheBlue Beetle The
Show Count: 21
Broadcast History: 15 May 1940 to 13 September 1940
Cast: Frank Lovejoy
Calling All DetectivesCalling All Detectives
Show Count: 189
Broadcast History: 7 April 1945 to 25 August 1945
Cast: Paul Barnes, Frank Lovejoy, Owen Jordan
Host: Vincent Pelletier
Columbia Presents CorwinColumbia Presents Corwin
Show Count: 15
Broadcast History: 4 May 1941 to 9 November 1941, 7 March 1944 to 15 August 1944 and 3 July 1945 to 21 August 1945
Cast: Everett Sloane, Ted de Corsia, John Brown, Frank Gallop, Peter Donald, Kenny Delmar, Karl Swenson, Paul Stewart, Adelaide Klein , Hester Sondergaard, Luis Van Rooten, Frank Lovejoy, House Jameson, Jack Smart, Beatrice Kay, John Gibson, Arthur Vinton, Larry Robinson, Bartlett Robinson, Martin Wolfson, Joel O'Brien, Perry Lafferty, Kermit Murdock, Joseph Julian, Minerva Pious, Katherine Locke, Carl Frank, Joan Alexander, Arnold Moss, Ralph Bell, Orson Welles, Fredric March, Charles Laughton
A series of stories ranging from serious to whimsical. The most famous is On a Note of Triumph, a celebration of the Allied victory in Europe, first broadcast on VE Day, May 8, 1945.
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.
Mr & Mrs NorthMr & Mrs North
Show Count: 82
Broadcast History: 30 December 1942 to 18 April 1955
Cast: Joseph Curtin, Betty Jane Tyler , Frank Lovejoy, Mandel Kramer, Staats Cotsworth, Richard Denning, Alice Frost, Walter Kinsella , Barbara Britton, Francis DeSales
Producer: S. James Andrews, John W. Loveton
Mr and Mrs North was an exceptionally popular radio mystery series that aired on NBC and CBS from 1942 to 1954, reaching an audience of almost 20 million listeners.
Show Count: 76
Broadcast History: 6 February 1950 to 25 September 1952
Sponsor: General Mills for Wheaties
Cast: Frank Lovejoy, William Conrad, Stacy Harris, Wilms Herbert, Lurene Tuttle, Junius Matthews, Jack Kruschen, Joan Banks, Jeanne Bates, Peter Leeds, Larry Dobkin
Director: Warren Lewis
Producer: Warren Lewis
“Hi, this is Randy Stone. I cover the nightbeat for the Chicago Star. My stories start in many different ways. This one began…”
Broadcast: August 7, 1944
Added: Aug 07 2016
Broadcast: 15th November 1958
Starring: Frank Lovejoy
Added: Nov 17 2011
Broadcast: March 9, 1956
Added: Apr 27 2020
Broadcast: July 6, 1941
Added: Jun 22 2020
Broadcast: 3rd August 1949
Added: Aug 03 2008
Broadcast: 17th July 1944
Added: Jul 17 2008
Broadcast: 26th May 1946
Added: Jun 01 2010
Broadcast: 12th May 1948
Added: Jun 01 2009
Broadcast: December 8, 1949
Added: Dec 02 2016
Broadcast: 6th August 1947
Added: Jul 26 2009
Broadcast: 19th November 1947
Starring: Frank Lovejoy
Added: Sep 07 2009
Broadcast: 29th May 1949
Added: Jun 01 2008
Broadcast: 15th March 1959
Added: Jul 29 2011
Broadcast: 17th May 1959
Added: Aug 26 2011
Broadcast: 10th November 1952
Starring: Frank Lovejoy
Added: Jul 16 2005
Broadcast: 3rd May 1954
Starring: Frank Lovejoy
Added: May 23 2003
Broadcast: March 8, 1954
Added: Mar 29 2020
Broadcast: 19th December 1948
Added: Dec 13 2009
Broadcast: 21st August 1949
Added: Jul 07 2013
Broadcast: 1st December 1957
Added: Dec 02 2010
Broadcast: 18th November 1956
Added: Oct 23 2010
Broadcast: 13th July 1958
Added: Jun 17 2011
Broadcast: 1st September 1957
Added: Oct 16 2008
Broadcast: 14th February 1948
Added: Sep 18 2012
Broadcast: 11th September 1948
Added: Sep 25 2012
Broadcast: 23rd December 1946
Added: Dec 25 2009
Broadcast: 4th January 1954
Added: Jul 04 2009
Broadcast: February 1, 1944
Added: Apr 18 2006
Broadcast: 9th October 1949
Added: Aug 25 2008
Broadcast: 24th October 1948
Added: Feb 11 2007
Broadcast: 28th April 1952
Starring: Frank Lovejoy
Added: Jul 04 2010
Broadcast: March 21, 1956
Added: May 22 2022
Broadcast: 23rd August 1946
Added: Aug 24 2007
Broadcast: 2nd March 1953
Added: Aug 15 2009
Broadcast: March 27, 1949
Added: Mar 22 2008
Broadcast: 19th June 1949
Added: Nov 01 2009
Broadcast: 13th April 1958
Added: Apr 16 2011
Broadcast: 5th May 1947
Added: May 24 2009
Broadcast: 17th March 1952
Starring: Frank Lovejoy
Added: Jun 21 2009