Regis Toomey

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Real Name: John Regis Toomey
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth Date: August 13, 1898
Occupation: Actor, Soundtrack

Regis Toomey Biography

The Pittsburgh-born and raised character actor of Irish descent initially studied drama at the university of his home town. One of four children of Francis X. and Mary Ellen Toomey, John Regis Toomey initially pondered a law career, but acting won out and he gradually established himself as a musical stage performer. Dropping his first name for acting purposes, he was touring in a production of "Little Nellie Kelly" in England when he developed an acute case of laryngitis. The severity of the problem forced a sincere rethinking of his career goals.With the birth of sound pictures, Toomey made an auspicious debut with Alibi (1929) starring Chester Morris where a climactic death scene sparked controversy...and a movie career that would include almost 200 pictures...and a number of other notorious death scenes. His lead/second lead status opposite such stars as Clara Bow, Constance Bennett, Barbara Stanwyck and Evelyn Brent fell away within a few years, finding more work in streetwise character roles. Fast-paced crime action was his forte and he was prevalent throughout the 30s and 40s. He speared in many classic films including "Another Man's Woman", "G Men","Meet John Doe", "The Big Sleep", "Rachel And The Stranger" and "Spellbound". In 1955, he played Uncle Arvide of The Salvation Army in the film version of "Guys and Dolls".alongside Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine. A role for which he is well remembered by many.Additionally in the 50s, he found employment on TV as a good guy, typically playing judges, sheriffs, businessmen, and police sergeants. He was a regular on "The Mickey Rooney Show"(1955). Fellow one-time singer Dick Powell became a friend and Powell, having turned producer, saw to it that Toomey had involving roles on a couple of his TV series such as "Richard Diamond, Private Detective" (1957) and "Burke's Law" (1963). He was later a regular on "Petticoat Junction" (1987). Toomey played roles well past his 80th year.His marriage (from 1925) to Kathryn Scott produced two children. They met in 1924 when he appeared in the musical "Rose Marie" which Kathryn had assistant choreographed. Toomey died of natural causes on October 12, 1991, at the Motion Picture Country House in Woodland Hills, California at age 93.

Regis Toomey Movies / TV-Shows

C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979)
Evil Town (1977)
Fantasy Island (1977)
Police Story (1973)
The Carey Treatment (1972)
Circle of Fear (1972)
The Out of Towners (1970)
Change of Habit (1969)
Adam-12 (1968)
The Night of the Grizzly (1966)
The Time Tunnel (1966)
The F.B.I. (1965)
Green Acres (1965)
Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964)
Petticoat Junction (1963)
The Virginian (1962)
The Eleventh Hour (1962)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
The Last Sunset (1961)
The Errand Boy (1961)
Route 66 (1960)
Rawhide (1959)
Warlock (1959)
The Hangman (1959)
Peter Gunn (1958)
Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958)
Lawman (1958)
Trackdown (1957)
Perry Mason (1957)
Tombstone Territory (1957)
Maverick (1957)
Wagon Train (1957)
Great Day in the Morning (1956)
Zane Grey Theater (1956)
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1956)
Guys and Dolls (1955)
Cheyenne (1955)
The High and the Mighty (1954)
The Mickey Rooney Show (1954)
Climax! (1954)
Drums Across the River (1954)
The Magical World of Disney (1954)
Island in the Sky (1953)
The Danny Thomas Show (1953)
It Happens Every Thursday (1953)
Never Wave at a WAC (1953)
The Battle at Apache Pass (1952)
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952)
Tomahawk (1951)
Show Boat (1951)
The People Against O'Hara (1951)
Cry Danger (1951)
Frenchie (1950)
Beyond the Forest (1949)
Mighty Joe Young (1949)
Station West (1948)
I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes (1948)
The Boy with Green Hair (1948)
Raw Deal (1948)
The Bishop's Wife (1947)
Magic Town (1947)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Sister Kenny (1946)
Spellbound (1945)
Strange Illusion (1945)
Phantom Lady (1944)
Dark Mountain (1944)
Follow the Boys (1944)
Jack London (1943)
Destroyer (1943)
The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
Meet John Doe (1941)
Dive Bomber (1941)
They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
Northwest Passage (1940)
North West Mounted Police (1940)
Arizona (1940)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)
The Phantom Creeps (1939)
Union Pacific (1939)
Shadows of the Orient (1935)
Skull and Crown (1935)
One Frightened Night (1935)
'G' Men (1935)
Picture Brides (1934)
Laughing at Life (1933)
Shopworn (1932)
They Never Come Back (1932)
A Strange Adventure (1932)
Under Eighteen (1931)
24 Hours (1931)
Other Men's Women (1931)
Street of Chance (1930)
Alibi (1929)

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