Regis Toomey

Regis Toomey

  • Born on
    • August 13th, 1898
  • Died on
    • October 12th, 1991
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia John Regis Toomey (August 13, 1898 – October 12, 1991) was an American film and television actor. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, he was one of four children of Francis X. and Mary Ellen Toomey and attended Peabody High School. He initially pondered a law career, but acting won out and he established himself as a musical stage performer. Educated in dramatics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he became a brother of Sigma Chi, Toomey began as a stock actor and eventually made it to Broadway. Toomey was a singer on stage until throat problems (acute laryngitis) while touring in Europe stopped that aspect of his career. In 1929, Toomey first began appearing in films. He initially started out as a leading man, but found more success as a character actor (sans his toupee). Toomey appeared in over 180 films, including classics such as The Big Sleep with Humphrey Bogart. In 1956, he appeared as a judge, with Chuck Connors as "Andy", in the third episode, "The Nevada Nightingale", of the NBC anthology series The Joseph Cotten Show. Toomey thereafter appeared in another anthology series too as the character "Harry" in the 1960 episode "The Doctor and the Redhead", with Dick Powell and Felicia Farr, of CBS's The DuPont Show with June Allyson. In the 1961–1962 television season, he appeared in a supporting role with George Nader in the syndicated crime drama Shannon about insurance investigators. From 1963–1966, Toomey was one of the stars of the ABC crime drama, Burke's Law, starring Gene Barry. He played Sergeant Les Hart, one of the detectives assisting the murder investigations of the millionaire police captain Amos Burke. He also guest-starred on dozens of television programs, including the "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres" episode of Maverick. In 1941, Toomey appeared in You're in the Army Now, in which he and Jane Wyman had the longest screen kiss in cinema history: 3 minutes and 5 seconds.

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Acting (60 Credits)

1976Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood as Burlesque Stagehand
1972The Carey Treatment as Sanderson the Pathologist
1969Change of Habit as Father Gibbons
1966The Night of the Grizzly as Cotton Benson
1964Man's Favorite Sport? as Bagley
1963Burke's Law as Detective Lester Hart
1961The Last Sunset as Milton Wing
1961Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea as Dr. Jamieson
1961The Errand Boy as Studio Exec with the Baron
1959Warlock as Skinner
1959The Hangman as Soldier at Fort
1956Dakota Incident as Minstrel
1956Great Day in the Morning as Father Murphy
1955Top Gun as Jim O'Hara
1955Guys and Dolls as Arvide Abernathy
1954Drums Across the River as Sheriff Jim Beal
1954The High and the Mighty as Tim Garfield
1953Island in the Sky as Sergeant Harper
1952The Battle at Apache Pass as Dr. Carter
1951Cry Danger as Gus Cobb
1951Show Boat as Sheriff Ike Vallon (uncredited)
1951The People Against O'Hara as Fred Colton, Police Sound Man
1951The Tall Target as Insp. Tim Reilly (uncredited)
1949Beyond the Forest as Sorren
1949Come to the Stable as Monsignor Talbot
1949Mighty Joe Young as John Young
1948Raw Deal as Captain Fields
1948The Boy with Green Hair as Mr. Davis
1948Station West as Jim Goddard
1947Magic Town as Ed Weaver
1947The Bishop's Wife as Mr. Miller
1946The Big Sleep as Chief Inspector Bernie Ohls
1946Sister Kenny as New York Reporter
1945Strange Illusion as Dr. Vincent
1945Spellbound as Det. Sgt. Gillespie
1944Dark Mountain as Steve Downey
1944Phantom Lady as Detective Chewing Gum
1944The Doughgirls as Timothy Walsh
1943Destroyer as Lt. Cmdr. Clark
1942Tennessee Johnson as Blackstone McDaniel
1941Dive Bomber as Tom Griffin
1941Meet John Doe as Bert Hansen
1941They Died with Their Boots on as Fitzhugh Lee
1941The Devil and Miss Jones as 1st Policeman
1940Arizona as Grant Oury
1940His Girl Friday as Sanders
1940Northwest Passage as Webster
1940'Til We Meet Again as Freddy
1940North West Mounted Police as Constable Jerry Moore
1939The Phantom Creeps as Lt. Jim Daly
1939Union Pacific as Paddy O'Rourke
1939Confessions of a Nazi Spy as Tom - in Coffee Shop (uncredited)
1937Big City as Fred Hawkins
1935'G' Men as Eddie Buchanan
1934Murder on the Blackboard as Detective Smiley North
1932Shopworn as David Livingston
1932The Crowd Roars as Dick Wilbur
1931Other Men's Women as Jack Kulper
1929Alibi as Danny McGann

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