Howard Duff

Howard Duff

Show Count: 88
Series Count: 3
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: November 24, 1913
Old Time Radio, Bremerton, Washington, USA
Died: July 8, 1990, Santa Barbara, California, USA
An American actor of film, television, stage, and radio, Duff was born in Charleston, now part of Bremerton, Washington. He graduated in 1932 from Roosevelt High School in Seattle, where he began acting in school plays after he was cut from the school basketball team. Thereafter, he worked locally in the theater in Seattle until he entered the military during World War II.

He was assigned to the United States Army Air Force's radio service. After the war his career improved, and he quickly procured his first film role as an inmate in Brute Force. His other film roles include The Naked City (1948), All My Sons (1948), Calamity Jane and Sam Bass (1949), Panic in the City (1968), In Search of America (1971),A Wedding (1978) and No Way Out (1987).

Duff appeared in a number of films with his first wife, actress/director Ida Lupino. One of his later performances was as Dustin Hoffman's attorney in the Academy Award-winning Kramer vs. Kramer (1979).

On radio, Duff played Dashiell Hammett's private eye Sam Spade from 1946 to 1950, starring in The Adventures of Sam Spade on three different networks - ABC, CBS, and NBC. In 1951 Steve Dunne took over the role of Sam Spade.

Duff also appeared on television, having been featured in a 1955 episode of Climax! entitled "Escape From Fear". About this time, he was cast on the religion anthology series, Crossroads.

From January 1957 to September 1958, he appeared with his then wife, Ida Lupino, in their CBS sitcom, Mr. Adams and Eve, which revolves around the private lives of two fictitious film stars named Howard Adams and Eve Drake. He played the young Samuel Langhorne Clemens, in his early life in the West as a satirical and crusading journalist, in the TV series Bonanza ("Enter Mark Twain," season 1, episode 5, 1959). In 1960, he played the male main character in The Twilight Zone episode "A World of Difference" as Arthur Curtis/Jerry Raigan. From October 1960 through April 1961, Duff played Willie Dante, owner of the fictional San Francisco nightclub, Dante's Inferno, in the NBC adventure/drama series Dante.

In 1964, Duff guest-starred as Harold Baker in the episode Prodigy of NBC's medical drama about psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour, starring Jack Ging and Ralph Bellamy. He was then cast as Joe Stillman in the 1965 episode "Mountains to Climb" of the NBC education drama series, Mr. Novak, starring James Franciscus.

From September 1966 through January 1969, Duff portrayed Detective Sergeant Sam Stone in the ABC police drama Felony Squad with costar Dennis Cole.

In 1977, he guest starred in the Rockford Files episode, "There's One in Every Port"; and in 1990, The Golden Girls's "The Mangiacavallo Curse Makes a Lousy Wedding Present". In the 1980s, he appeared on NBC's Flamingo Road; and Knots Landing and Dallas, the latter both on CBS.

Personal life

Duff had a tempestuous relationship with actress Ava Gardner in the late 1940s. In 1951, he married Ida Lupino. After he was listed in Red Channels as a communist subversive in 1950, he lost his radio work and might have forfeited his entire career had it not been for his marriage. They had a daughter, Bridget Duff (born April 23, 1952). They separated in 1966 and divorced in 1984. He subsequently married Judy Jenkinson.

Duff died at age seventy-six of a heart attack in 1990 in Santa Barbara, California. He was survived by his daughter, his nieces, his second wife, and his granddaughter.

Source: Wikipedia

Philip Morris PlayhousePhilip Morris Playhouse
Show Count: 9
Broadcast History: 1939 to 1949, November 1948 to July 1949, and March 1951 to September 1953
Sponsor: Philip Morris Cigarettes
Cast: Vincent Price, Dan Dailey, Cathy Lewis, Marlene Dietrich, Elliott Lewis, Howard Duff, Joseph Kearns, Sidney Miller, Jerry Hausner, James Mathews, William Conrad, Vanessa Brown, Lew Ayres, June Allyson, Robert Culp, Mandel Kramer, Peter Lorre, Everett Sloane, Ed Begley
Director: William Spier, Charles Martin
Producer: William Spier, Charles Martin
On Friday evenings at 8:30 pm, from 1939 until 1944, everyone who had a radio gathered round it to listed to the music, variety and drama offerings of Philip Morris Playhouse. It continued again in 1948 until 1951.
Broadcast: September 11, 1946
Added: Dec 03 2017
Broadcast: 21st April 1947
Added: Apr 20 2009
Broadcast: June 12, 1945
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Broadcast: 13th January 1947
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Broadcast: 01 August 1946
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Broadcast: 2nd February 1947
Added: Jun 13 2001
Broadcast: February 16, 1946
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Broadcast: 5th December 1946
Added: Jun 13 2001
Broadcast: 22nd May 1947
Added: Sep 05 2008
Broadcast: January 28, 1943
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Broadcast: 14th February 1948
Added: Sep 18 2012
Broadcast: May 10, 1959
Starring: Howard Duff, Ida Lupino
Added: Aug 25 2011
Broadcast: 16th January 1947
Added: Jan 13 2007
Broadcast: 7th February 1948
Added: Feb 16 2010
Broadcast: 6th March 1948
Added: Mar 06 2010
Broadcast: February 17, 1941
Added: Jun 13 2001
Broadcast: 5th June 1948
Added: Jun 05 2010
Broadcast: 9th September 1946
Added: Apr 19 2009
Broadcast: 24th February 1940
Added: Oct 24 2008