Tom Fadden

Tom Fadden

  • Born on
    • January 6th, 1895
  • Died on
    • April 14th, 1980
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Tom Fadden Born January 6, 1895 Bayard, Iowa, United States Died April 14, 1980 (aged 85) Vero Beach, Florida, United States Occupation Actor Years active 1915–1977 Robert Walker and Tom Fadden (right) in Vengeance Valley (1951) Tom Fadden (January 6, 1895 – April 14, 1980) was an American actor. He performed on the legitimate stage, vaudeville, in films and on television during his long career. He would make his film debut with a small role in 1939's I Stole a Million, which stars George Raft and Claire Trevor. He would have his first memorable bit in his next film, Destry Rides Again, starring Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart, where in the opening scene he is playing cards, and is cheated when Dietrich distracts him by spilling coffee in his lap. His film career would span almost forty years, and encompass over 90 films, mostly in small or supporting roles, although with an occasional starring role, as in 1940's Zanzibar. The 1940s would see him appear in other classic and notable films such as: the Bob Hope comedy, My Favorite Blonde (1942); Pardon My Sarong (1942), starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello; The Naughty Nineties (1945), again starring Abbott and Costello; the film noir, The Big Sleep (1946), starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; and 1946's It's a Wonderful Life, where he had a particularly memorable scene as the Tollhouse Keeper on the bridge, who reacts to Clarence's (the angel) explanation of who he is to George Bailey (James Stewart). The 1950s would see Fadden continue to appear in several notable films, including: Dallas (1950), starring Gary Cooper and Ruth Roman; 1956's Invasion of the Body Snatchers, where his character is one of the first victims to succumb to the alien invaders; and Baby Face Nelson (1957), starring Mickey Rooney and Carolyn Jones. Fadden would also begin forays into the acting world of the small screen. One of his first television roles was that of Eben Kent, the earthman who adopts Kal-El on the inaugural episode of The Adventures of Superman. He would appear in numerous other television shows during the decade, including recurring roles on Broken Arrow (1956–58) and Cimarron City (1958–59). Although he would appear in only a handful of films in the 1960s, he would work regularly on television during the decade, including a recurring role on Petticoat Junction. His final acting credit was the 1977 science fiction horror film, Empire of the Ants, starring Joan Collins. Fadden died of natural causes on April 14, 1980 in Vero Beach, Florida, and survived by his second wife, Jane.

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Acting (28 Credits)

1977Empire of the Ants as Sam Russell
1970Dirty Dingus Magee as Trooper
1961Pocketful of Miracles as Herbie (uncredited)
1960Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks with a Circus as Uncle Daniel
1959Edge of Eternity as Eli Jones
1956Invasion of the Body Snatchers as Uncle Ira Lentz
1955The Tall Men
1953Kansas Pacific as Gus Gustavson the Train Fireman
1948State of the Union as Waiter
1947Dark Passage as Diner Counterman Serving Parry (uncredited)
1947That Hagen Girl as Village Loafer
1947Pursued as The Minister (uncredited)
1946The Big Sleep as Sidney (uncredited)
1946It's a Wonderful Life as Tollhouse Keeper (uncredited)
1945Murder, He Says as Sheriff Murdock
1945The Naughty Nineties as Wounded Gambler (uncredited)
1944Tomorrow, the World! as Mr. Clyde - Mailman (uncredited)
1944In Society as Fire Chief (uncredited)
1943A Lady Takes a Chance as Mullen
1943Edge of Darkness as Hammer
1942The Glass Key as Waiter (uncredited)
1942My Favorite Blonde as Tom Douglas
1942Pardon My Sarong as Sven (uncredited)
1941The Shepherd of the Hills as Jim Lane
1940When the Daltons Rode as Townsman
1940The Howards of Virginia as Backwoodsman
1939Destry Rides Again as Lem Claggett
1938Hard to Get as Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)

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