Les Tremayne

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Real Name: Lester Tremayne
Birth Place: Balham, London, England, UK
Birth Date: April 16, 1913
Occupation: Actor, Soundtrack

Les Tremayne Biography

Born in Balham, England, and best known for his abundant work on radio, actor Les Tremayne moved to Chicago with his family at the age of 4 (his mother was actress Dolly Tremayne), disguising his British accent while growing up. He began his career with community theater, dancing in vaudeville shows and even served as a barker in amusement parks. Landing his first radio job in 1930, he went on to appear in scores of serials and shows using a variety of voices and accents. In 1936, he earned fame after replacing actor Don Ameche as the leading man on "The First Nighter," a weekly program of radio dramas. In 1943, he finally left the Chicago area and moved to Los Angeles and later to New York. There he starred with Bob Crosby on the "Old Gold Show" before serving in the military service. Back in New York, he starred in the popular "Thin Man" and "Falcon" mystery thrillers. Divorced from first wife, Lenore Kingston, he co-starred with second wife, Alice Reinhardt, on "The Tremaynes" breakfast talk show. It is estimated that Les worked on more than 30,000 broadcasts, with as many as 45 radio shows a week in the 1930s and '40s. He later appeared on stage with "Heads or Tails" in 1947 and for 18 months on Broadway with "Detective Story" starting in 1949. In the 1950s, he was a durable player in film and TV dramas. Films included The Racket (1951), the sci-fi classic The War of the Worlds (1953), A Man Called Peter (1955), and North by Northwest (1959). Typically playing shifty execs, errant husbands, and authoritative, no-nonsense professionals in teams of TV dramas, he appeared in numerous shows ("Perry Mason" (1957), "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955), "77 Sunset Strip" (1958), etc.) along with a few sitcoms for good measure. After a six-decade plus career in radio, Les was finally inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995. He died of heart failure at age 90, survived by his third wife, Joan.

Les Tremayne Movies / TV-Shows

The Pirates of Dark Water (1991)
Ultraman: The Adventure Begins (1987)
'Tis the Season to Be Smurfy (1987)
Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985)
Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985)
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (1985)
Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer (1985)
The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries (1984)
Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island (1983)
The Smurfs (1981)
Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Great Santa Claus Caper (1978)
Godzilla (1978)
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (1975)
Shazam! (1974)
A Very Merry Cricket (1973)
The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)
One Life to Live (1968)
Creature of Destruction (1967)
The Fortune Cookie (1966)
Harum Scarum (1965)
Strange Bedfellows (1965)
Girl Happy (1965)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964)
The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo (1964)
Goldfinger (1964)
My Favorite Martian (1963)
General Hospital (1963)
The Slime People (1963)
The Virginian (1962)
The Beverly Hillbillies (1962)
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962)
Whispering Smith (1961)
The Gallant Hours (1960)
The Andy Griffith Show (1960)
The Story of Ruth (1960)
Thriller (1960)
The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959)
Count Your Blessings (1959)
The Angry Red Planet (1959)
Rawhide (1959)
Bonanza (1959)
North by Northwest (1959)
The Rifleman (1958)
77 Sunset Strip (1958)
Mister Ed (1958)
From the Earth to the Moon (1958)
Wagon Train (1957)
Perry Mason (1957)
The Monolith Monsters (1957)
Everything But the Truth (1956)
State Trooper (1956)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Zane Grey Theater (1956)
Bhowani Junction (1956)
The Unguarded Moment (1956)
Unidentified Flying Objects: The True Story of Flying Saucers (1956)
The Iron Petticoat (1956)
A Man Called Peter (1955)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)
Susan Slept Here (1954)
I Love Melvin (1953)
The War of the Worlds (1953)
The Danny Thomas Show (1953)
Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953)
Francis Goes to West Point (1952)
The Blue Veil (1951)
The Racket (1951)
The Jack Benny Program (1950)

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