Santos Ortega

Santos Ortega

Show Count: 116
Series Count: 16
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: June 30, 1899
Old Time Radio, New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: April 10, 1976, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.

Santos Ortega (June 30, 1899 – April 10, 1976) was an American actor and comedian. He played Will Hughes in As the World Turns, taking over from Will Lee (who only played one episode). Ortega continued in the role until his death in 1976.

Early life

Ortega was born in New York City, New York on June 30, 1899.


He began his career in the theater in "an extravaganza at the old Hippodrome Theater. Later, he went on tour with a singing group, returning to New York City to appear on the Broadway stage including roles in Jeb and Marilyn's Affairs.


Ortega was active in radio, starring in The Adventures of Nero Wolfe (1943–1944) and narrating Gangbusters, as well as Stroke of Fate. Perhaps his most famous and notable radio role was Commissioner Weston on The Shadow. He played the title role in Bulldog Drummond (1942–43) and was heard in the daytime radio serial Perry Mason, 1948's Roger Kilgore, Public Defender, and as the title character in The Adventures of Charlie Chan (1947–1948), The Affairs of Peter Salemfrom 1949 to 1953, and Hannibal Cobb (1950–1951). Throughout the 1930s and 1940s and into the 1950s and early 1960s, the prolific Ortega lent his remarkable range of voice characterizations to numerous other radio drama series such as Inner Sanctum, The Mysterious Traveler, Suspense, Casey Crime Photographer, The Eternal Light, The Columbia Workshop, The Big Story, Perry Mason, You Are There, Dimension X, and X Minus One. Ortega also originated the radio role of Inspector Queen on The Adventures of Ellery Queen


On television, he played Will Hughes (usually just referred to as "Grandpa") on As the World Turns, replacing Will Lee in the role on the show's second episode (1956). He continued in the role until shortly before his death in 1976.

Source: Wikipedia

Bulldog DrummondBulldog Drummond
Show Count: 18
Broadcast History: 13 April 1941 to 12 January 1949 and 3 January 1954 to 28 March 1954
Cast: Sir Cedric Hardwicke, George Coulouris, Santos Ortega, Ned Wever, Everett Sloane, Luis Van Rooten, Rod Hendrickson
Director: Himan Brown
Producer: Himan Brown
“Out of the fog… out of the night… and into his American adventures… comes… Bulldog Drummond!” The signature is accompanied by echoing footsteps followed by a foghorn, two ominous shots and three blows of a whistle.
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.
Charlie ChanCharlie Chan
Show Count: 17
Broadcast History: 2 December 1932 to 21 June 1948 (Off the air 1933-1937 and 1939-1944)
Cast: Walter Connolly, Ed Begley, Leon Janney, Santos Ortega
Director: John Cole
Charlie Chan is a fictional Chinese-American detective created by Earl Derr Biggers. Loosely basing his character on Honolulu detective Chang Apana, Biggers conceived of the benevolent and heroic Chan as an alternative to Yellow Peril stereotypes, such as villains like Fu Manchu. Chan is a detective for the Honolulu police, though many stories feature Chan traveling the world as he investigates mysteries and solves crimes.
Shadow, TheShadow, The
Show Count: 243
Broadcast History: 31 July 1930 to 26 December 1954
Sponsor: Wildroot Cream Oil, Blue Coal, Street and Smith Love Story Magazine, Perfect-o-Lite, Grove Laboratories, US Air Force
Cast: Bill Johnstone, Bret Morrison, Dwight Weist, James La Curto, Mandel Kramer, Orson Welles, Santos Ortega, Various, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloane, Gertrude Warner, Lesley Woods, Keenan Wynn, Marjorie Anderson, Grace Matthews, Alan Reed, Ted de Corsia, Arthur Vinton, Kenny Delmar, John Barclay, Robert Hardy Andrews, Jimmy LaCruto, Bob Maxwell
Director: Wilson Tuttle, Bill Sweets, Harry Ingram, John Cole, Dana Noyes, Chick Vincent
Producer: Wilson Tuttle, Bill Sweets, Harry Ingram, John Cole, Dana Noyes, Chick Vincent
The shadow was amateur criminologist Lamont Cranston. He had learned “the hypnotic power to cloud men’s minds so that they cannot see him”. The opening to the show, “Who knows … what evil … lllllurks … in the heart of men? … The Shadow knows! His “friend and companion, the lovely Margo Lane, is the only person who knows to whom the voice of the invisible Shadow belongs”. Together they confront the maddest assortment of lunatics, sadists, ghosts and werewolves ever heard on the air.
Broadcast: 24th November 1954
Added: Nov 25 2006
Broadcast: 10th March 1965
Added: Apr 05 2012
Broadcast: December 19, 1944
Added: Feb 13 2007
Broadcast: 4th December 1953
Added: Dec 08 2006
Broadcast: 22nd January 1946
Added: Oct 04 2013
Broadcast: 13th December 1959
Added: Dec 18 2011
Broadcast: 27th January 1957
Added: Oct 05 2008
Broadcast: May 19th 1954
Added: Feb 10 2014
Broadcast: 18th January 1942
Added: Jun 14 2013
Broadcast: 15th November 1948
Added: Nov 30 2013
Broadcast: 12th June 1960
Added: Jun 21 2012
Broadcast: 31st July 1960
Added: Jul 19 2012
Broadcast: 11th March 1962
Added: Apr 26 2012
Broadcast: November 7, 1937
Added: Nov 19 2020
Broadcast: August 9, 1948
Added: May 22 2015
Broadcast: 11th October 1959
Added: Oct 02 2011
Broadcast: December 8, 1954
Added: Sep 09 2014
Broadcast: 24th January 1954
Added: Jan 20 2007
Broadcast: July 21st 1954
Added: Aug 12 2013
Broadcast: December 15th 1954
Added: Dec 17 2013
Broadcast: 30th April 1965
Added: Apr 30 2011
Broadcast: December 13, 1948
Added: Oct 29 2015
Broadcast: August 2, 1948
Added: May 01 2015
Broadcast: 12th January 1947
Added: Jun 20 2011
Broadcast: October 31st 1954
Added: Mar 03 2014
Broadcast: April 19, 1949
Added: Apr 17 2014
Broadcast: 22nd May 1960
Added: May 24 2012
Broadcast: 25th April 1944
Added: Feb 28 2006
Broadcast: December 1, 1954
Added: Aug 04 2014
Broadcast: 13th March 1960
Added: Mar 24 2007
Broadcast: November 25, 1955
Added: Sep 26 2014
Broadcast: September 8th 1954
Added: Sep 09 2013
Broadcast: 10th February 1954
Added: Jun 29 2010
Broadcast: 18th December 1945
Added: Nov 02 2013
Broadcast: 7th May 1946
Added: Oct 18 2009
Broadcast: December 17, 1961
Added: Dec 17 2011