54 (passed away Nov. 9th, 1968)
Jun. 11th, 1914
New York City, New York, USA
Gerald Mohr's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1968 - Funny Girl
1952 - Invasion USA
1952 - The Sniper
1952 - The Ring
1951 - Sirocco
1951 - Detective Story
1950 - Southside 1-1000
1946 - Gilda
1942 - Woman of the Year
1941 - The Reluctant Dragon
1940 - The Sea Hawk
1939 - Love Affair
1939 - Charlie Chan at Treasure Island
Guest TV Roles
Bearing a strong resemblance to Humphrey Bogart certainly helped in typecasting the handsome Gerald Mohr into "B" film noir. Born in New York City in 1914, he was the son of Gerald Mohr Sr. and Henrietta Noustadt, a Viennese singer. His father died when Mohr was three years old, and he was raised primarily by his mother and grandfather, who was a psychologist and associate of Dr. Sigmund Freud, the famed psychoanalyst. Mohr became a fervent student of Freud as a result of this association. He was taught to ride and play piano at an early age and attended the prestigious Dwight Preparatory School in New York. Even as a teen, Mohr possessed a smooth vocal delivery and landed a job as a staff broadcaster for CBS Radio, which in turn opened the door for him to Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre. Mohr made his Broadway debut in the minor role of a gangster in "The Petrified Forest," the same play that put Bogart on the map.
His first starring role in films came with the serial Jungle Girl (1941), in which he played principal villain Slick Latimer. However, because of his pleasant, distinctive baritone voice, it was radio that became Mohr's meal ticket during the 1940s, and he signed on for a number of popular suspense thrillers such as "The Adventures of Philip Marlowe" and "The Whistler." In 1950, "Radio and Television Life" magazine named Mohr as the Best Male Actor on Radio.
After a number of bit parts, he finally won a noticeable role in Lady of Burlesque (1943) with Barbara Stanwyck, after Welles referred him to the film's director, William A. Wellman. Following WWII service with the Air Force, Mohr returned to acting and found his niche in intrigue, playing the title role in The Notorious Lone Wolf (1946) and its two sequels, along with Passkey to Danger (1946), Dangerous Business (1946) and The Truth About Murder (1946). As much as he wanted to extricate himself from this trenchcoat stereotype, he continued to chug along in the 1950s with the same type of roles represented by The Sniper (1952), Invasion USA (1952) and Guns, Girls, and Gangsters (1959). His final leads were in This Rebel Breed (1960) and the low-grade sci-fi thriller The Angry Red Planet (1960). In 1954-55 he starred as Christopher Storm in 39 episodes of the Swedish-made TV series "Foreign Intrigue" (1951).
Finding film work scarce in the following decade, he found regular work on TV, guest starring in over 100 dramas, ranging from TV Westerns like Maverick, Bronco, Cheyenne and Bonanza to 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye and Perry Mason, amongst many others.
His last movie role came with the top-notch musical Funny Girl (1968) starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif, in which Mohr was featured as Tom Branca, one of Nicky Arnstein's cronies, who offers to help Fanny Brice out by giving the proud but debt-ridden gambler a prime casino job.
Mohr was overseas in Stockholm, Sweden, where he had just completed filming the pilot of a new TV series called "Private Entrance" when he suddenly died of a heart attack at the age of 54.
- He performed or starred in over 500 radio plays from the mid-1930s to the early 1950s.
- Perhaps the only person to voice a character from both DC Comics and Marvel Comics. Besides being the voice of Green Lantern (DC) he was the voice of Reed "Mr. Fantastic" Richards (Marvel) in Hanna-Barbera's "Fantastic Four"(1968) animated series.
- Was one of seven actors to portray "The Lone Wolf" in mystery B-movies. Others included 'Melvyn Douglas' (qv), 'Francis Lederer' (qv), and 'Ron Randell' (qv). The television "Lone Wolf" was played by 'Louis Hayward' (qv).
- Voice of Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in the 1960s Superfriends cartoons.
- Before his role on television's Foreign Intrigue, he held the little-known distinction of having played Philip Marlowe and Johnny Dollar on the radio. He also narrated both the radio and television episode introductions for The Lone Ranger.
- Extremely prolific as member of stock company for radio shows such as Academy Award and Hallmark Playhouse, appearing in scores of roles in each.
- Starred in 119 episodes as the title character in CBS Radio's "The New Adventures of Philip Marlowe" (1948-1950).
- He can be heard singing 3 songs, "My Darling Clementine," "Oh, I Killed A Man" and "Aura Lee," in the _"Cheyenne" (1955)_ (qv) episode "Rendezvous at Red Rock.".
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