Martin Gabel

Show Count: 18
Series Count: 7
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: June 19, 1912, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: May 22, 1986, New York City, New York

Martin Gabel (June 19, 1912 – May 22, 1986) was an American actor, film director and film producer.

Life and career

Gabel was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Ruth (née Herzog) and Israel Gabel, who was a jeweler. He married Arlene Francis on May 14, 1946, and they had a son named Peter Gabel, former president of New College of California.

Gabel's most noted work was as narrator and host of the May 8, 1945 CBS Radio broadcast of Norman Corwin's epic dramatic poem On a Note of Triumph, a commemoration of the fall of the Nazi regime in Germany and the end of World War II in Europe. The broadcast was so popular that the CBS, NBC, Blue and Mutual networks broadcast a second live production of the program on May 13. The Columbia Masterworks record label subsequently published an album of the May 13 production. The production became the title focus of the Academy Award-winning short film A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwinin 2005, the 60th anniversary year of the broadcast.

Gabel won the 1961 Tony Award for Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for Big Fish, Little Fish; he was also noted for his performances in the Broadway productions of Baker Street, in which he played Professor Moriarty; The Rivalry, in which he played Stephen A. Douglas. One of the original members of Orson Welles's Mercury Theatre, Gabel played Javert in the radio adaptation of Les Misérables, and he portrayed Cassius in the company's modern-dress production of Julius Caesar (1937).

Gabel made few films over his career, usually in small roles. A notable large supporting part was as crime boss Tomas Rienzi in Richard Brooks's Deadline U.S.A. (1952), starring Humphrey Bogart. Gabel played another mob figure in a Frank Sinatra private-detective film, Lady in Cement (1968), then co-starred again with Sinatra in Contract on Cherry Street and The First Deadly Sin. He played businessman Mr. Strutt in Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie (1964), and a psychiatrist in the Billy Wilder version of The Front Page (1974) with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.

He was also a frequent guest panelist on the popular CBS Television Sunday night game show What's My Line?, on which his wife Arlene Francis regularly appeared.

He died in New York City from a heart attack.

Source: Wikipedia

Casebook Of Gregory HoodCasebook Of Gregory Hood
Show Count: 10
Broadcast History: 3 June 1946 to 25 December 1949 and 25 January 1950 to 31 August 1950
Cast: Gale Gordon, George Petrie, Elliott Lewis, Jackson Beck, Paul McGrath, Martin Gabel, Bill Johnstone, Howard McNear
Director: Ned Tollinger, Frank Cooper, Lee Bolen
Dangerously YoursDangerously Yours
Show Count: 12
Broadcast History: 1944
Cast: Victor Jory, Gertrude Warner
Host: Martin Gabel
Day of VictoryDay of Victory
Show Count: 1
Broadcast History: 8 May 1945
Broadcast: February 15, 1946
Added: Sep 08 2015
Broadcast: 3rd November 1942
Starring: Martin Gabel
Added: Sep 13 2004
Broadcast: 26th December 1949
Starring: Martin Gabel
Added: Apr 11 2013
Broadcast: September 11, 1938
Added: Apr 10 2010
Broadcast: 23rd May 1944
Added: May 23 2006
Broadcast: August 11, 1940
Added: Aug 30 2021
Broadcast: 12th November 1944
Added: Feb 14 2014
Broadcast: 21st January 1945
Added: Jan 21 2011
Broadcast: 30th January 1950
Added: Dec 03 2005