Les Tremayne

Show Count: 86
Series Count: 8
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: 16 April 1913, Balham, London, England, United Kingdom
Died: 19 December 2003 , Santa Monica, California, U.S.

Les Tremayne (16 April 1913 – 19 December 2003) was a radio, film and television actor. Born Lester Tremayne in Britain, he moved with his family at the age four to Chicago, Illinois USA where he began in community theatre. He danced as a vaudeville performer and worked as amusement park barker. He began working in radio when he was 17 years old.


On radio during the 1930s and 1940s, Tremayne was heard in as many as 45 shows a week. Replacing Don Ameche, he starred in The First Nighter Program from 1936 to 1942. He starred in The Adventures of the Thin Man and The Romance of Helen Trent during the 1940s. He also starred in the title role in The Falcon, and played detective Pat Abbott in The Abbott Mysteries in 1946–47. Tremayne was married four times. He did a morning talk show, The Tremaynes with his second wife, Alice Reinhardt. When Tremayne died in 2003, he was married to his fourth wife, Joan. Tremayne was once named one of the three most distinctive voices on American radio. The other two were Bing Crosby and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.


His film credits include A Man Called Peter, The Racket, The Angry Red Planet, The War of The Worlds and North by Northwest.


In 1963 Tremayne appeared in the Perry Mason episode, The Case of Constant Doyle, along with special guest attorney Bette Davis. He appeared in seven other episodes as various characters, such as Deputy District Attorney Stewart Linn in the 1960 episode, The Case of the Madcap Modiste.

In 1962 Tremayne portrayed the part of C.J. Hasler, a known thief in the Andy Griffith Show episode entitled, "Andy and Barney in the Big City" aired on 26 March 1962. In that show, he played the part of a cunning opportunist who happens onto off-duty Barney Fife who himself believes that he is stalking a jewel thief (Allan Melvin) who is in fact the house detective of the hotel where the story takes place.

Between 1974 and 1977, Tremayne appeared on the Saturday morning Shazam! television series based on the DC Comics superhero Captain Marvel. In the role of Mentor, Tremayne served as the literal mentor of the programme's protagonist, young Billy Batson.

In 1987, Tremayne appeared in General Hospital as Edward Quartermaine, the oldest character in that series, as a temporary replacement for David Lewis. He played the deceased Victor Lord for one month on One Life to Live during the 1987 Heaven storyline in which daughter Vicki Lord Buchanan (Erika Slezak) was reunited with most every character that had died on the show after a heart attack left her in purgatory.

After doing more than 30,000 broadcasts, Tremayne was elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1995. In 2003, Tremayne died of heart failure at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California at the age of 90.

He was entombed in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.

Source: Wikipedia

Brownstone TheaterBrownstone Theater
Show Count: 6
Broadcast History: 21 February 1945 to 23 September 1945
Cast: Jackson Beck, Gertrude Warner, Jane Cowl, Les Tremayne, Jan Miner, Neil Hamilton
Director: Jock MacGregor
If you enjoy listening to a good play, then you'll love Brownstone Theatre!
CBS Radio Mystery TheaterCBS Radio Mystery Theater
Show Count: 1484
Broadcast History: 6 January 1974 to 31 December 1982
Cast: Leon Janney, Evie Juster, Ralph Bell, Jackson Beck, Teri Keane, Mason Adams, Roger DeKoven, Robert Dryden, Bryna Raeburn, Joseph Julian, Ian Martin, Mary Jane Higby, William Redfield, Mandel Kramer, Paul McGrath, Amzie Strickland, Joan Lorring, Joan Banks, Elspeth Eric, Santos Ortega, Arnold Moss, Grace Matthews, Bret Morrison, Berry Kroeger, Jim Jordan, Les Tremayne
Director: Himan Brown
Producer: Himan Brown
Host: E G Marshall, Tammy Grimes
CBS Radio Mystery Theater wasn't initiated until the 1970's – long after so many radio broadcasts had failed in the intense competition with television.
Falcon, TheFalcon, The
Show Count: 92
Broadcast History: 10 April 1943 to 29 December 1943, 3 July 1945 to 30 April 1950, 7 May 1950 to 14 September 1952 and 5 January 1953 to 27 November 1954
Cast: Berry Kroeger, James Meighan, Les Tremayne, Les Damon, George Petrie, Charles Webster
Director: Stuart Buchanan, Richard Lewis, Carlo De Angelo
Producer: Bernard L Schubert
The Falcon was a very popular and highly successful series enjoying a long run from 1943 until 1954. Its eleven-year run was full of mysteries and thrills with listeners tuning in each week to find out how The Falcon would solve the next problem and face the criminals.
Thin Man, TheThin Man, The
Show Count: 6
Broadcast History: July 1941 to December 1942, January 1943 to December 1947, and June 1950 to September 1950
Cast: David Gothard, Joseph Curtin, Les Tremayne, Claudia Morgan, Lester Damon
Broadcast: 14th June 1946
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Jun 15 2007
Broadcast: February 12, 1948
Added: Apr 24 2014
Broadcast: 1st August 1954
Added: Aug 06 2012
Broadcast: February 5, 1948
Added: Feb 06 2015
Broadcast: December 14, 1951
Added: Oct 30 2014
Broadcast: November 6, 1947
Added: Nov 24 2014
Broadcast: 3rd May 1953
Added: Jul 12 2012
Broadcast: September 13, 1953
Added: Sep 18 2020
Broadcast: 4th October 1949
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Oct 19 2004
Broadcast: 5th October 1949
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Oct 21 2004
Broadcast: 6th October 1949
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Oct 22 2004
Broadcast: 7th October 1949
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Oct 23 2004
Broadcast: 10th October 1949
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Oct 24 2004
Broadcast: 11th October 1949
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Oct 25 2004
Broadcast: 12th October 1949
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Oct 26 2004
Broadcast: 13th October 1949
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Oct 28 2004
Broadcast: 14th October 1949
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Oct 29 2004
Broadcast: 17th October 1949
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Oct 30 2004
Broadcast: 18th October 1949
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Oct 31 2004
Broadcast: 19th October 1949
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Nov 01 2004
Broadcast: 20th October 1949
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Nov 02 2004
Broadcast: 21st October 1949
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Nov 04 2004
Broadcast: 24th October 1949
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Nov 05 2004
Broadcast: 25th October 1949
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Nov 06 2004
Broadcast: 26th October 1949
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Nov 07 2004
Broadcast: 27th October 1949
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Nov 08 2004
Broadcast: 28th October 1949
Starring: Les Tremayne
Added: Nov 09 2004
Broadcast: December 28, 1947
Added: Dec 30 2017
Broadcast: 6th September 1953
Added: Nov 02 2012
Broadcast: December 11, 1947
Added: Dec 12 2014
Broadcast: January 15, 1948
Added: Feb 19 2015
Broadcast: February 12, 1948
Added: Feb 07 2015
Broadcast: January 29, 1948
Added: Feb 09 2015
Broadcast: September 11, 1947
Added: Sep 21 2013
Broadcast: 1st April 1951
Added: Apr 09 2007
Broadcast: 8th June 1952
Added: Mar 06 2011
Broadcast: 1st January 1948
Added: Jan 03 2014
Broadcast: July 3, 1947
Added: Jul 29 2014
Broadcast: 22nd February 1945
Added: Oct 18 2013
Broadcast: 12th October 1952
Added: Nov 05 2012
Broadcast: December 25, 1947
Added: Dec 25 2014
Broadcast: July 17, 1947
Added: Jul 24 2014
Broadcast: 27th April 1952
Added: Nov 22 2010
Broadcast: 1st November 1943
Added: Nov 03 2012
Broadcast: 30th December 1956
Added: Jan 01 2011
Broadcast: August 22, 1954
Added: Mar 25 2018
Broadcast: 8th January 1948
Added: Jan 05 2014