Ralph Forbes

Ralph Forbes

Show Count: 2
Series Count: 0
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: 30 September 1904
Old Time Radio, London, England, UK
Died: March 31, 1951, The Bronx, New York, USA

Ralph Forbes (30 September 1904 – 31 March 1951) was an English actor in the American cinema. He was also a noted stage actor.

Early life

He was born Ralph Forbes Taylor in London, England, the son of E.J. Taylor and actress Mary Forbes and brother of actress Brenda Forbes. He met with an accident on the football field at Denstone College, Staffordshire that resulted in a scar on his cheek. Unusually, he started off in films, then went on stage. In the United States he appeared onstage opposite actress Ruth Chatterton, who became his first wife.

Personal life

He married three times, first to actress Ruth Chatterton (who was 11 years his senior) from 1924 to 1932. He later married actress Heather Angel in 1934; that marriage also ended in divorce. His last wife was actress Dora Sayers (married 1946). Forbes dated Lucille Ball shortly before he married Angel. Ball turned down his marriage proposal.

Later years

His last years were given to working on the Broadway stage. One of his last stage appearances was in a revival of Shaw's You Never Can Tell in 1948. He died at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx in New York City in 1951, aged 46.

Source: Wikipedia

Broadcast: 31st January 1951
Starring: Ralph Forbes
Added: Jan 31 2009