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|Birthday/Birthplace||Carver Dana Andrews
(1909-01-01)January 1, 1909
Near Collins, Mississippi, USA
|Deceased||December 17, 1992(1992-12-17)
Los Alamitos, California
|Wife/Husband||Janet Murray (m. 1932; her death 1935)
Mary Todd (m. 1939; his death 1992)
|Parent(s)||Charles Forrest and Annis Speed Andrews|
|Family||Steve Forrest (brother)|
He was born on a farm and was the third of the thirteen children who had the Rev. Charles Forrest Andrews and his wife Annis. One of his brothers was Steve Forrest, an actor in films and TV series, one of which was S.W.A.T., which in Spain was called The Men of Harrelson. The family moved to Huntsville (Texas). There the young Carver would finish his studies and study administration in Houston, working for a season at the company Gulf & amp; Western.
In 1931, Dana travels to Los Angeles, California, to look for opportunities as a singer. He did different jobs to survive, as a dependent at a gas station in Van Nuys waiting for an opportunity. It came to her thanks to one of her clients who paid for her opera classes and the Pasadena Playhouse, a prestigious drama school. In 1940, Andrews signed a contract with Samuel Goldwyn and we get his impressive debut in William Wyler’s film The Stranger, starring Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan.
In these first years, Andrews took part in some of the films considered references of the North American cinema of the forties. Thus, the name of Andrews is habitual in Ball of fire (1941), of Howard Hawks, charming update of the infantile story Snow White and the seven dwarfs, next to Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck; Swampy Waters (1941), by Jean Renoir, with Anne Baxter; The tobacco route (1941), by John Ford, with Charley Grapewin and Gene Tierney, or the wonderful western Incident in Ox-Bow (1943) by William A. Wellman, with Henry Fonda.
But, without doubt, it would be his intervention in the film Laura (1944), by Otto Preminger, which catapulted him towards fame. A stardom that would be confirmed in 1946 with his role as Fred Derry in the memorable as Oscar-winning The Best Years of our Life, by William Wyler. Between them, he starred, in 1945, also for Otto Preminger, the film Fallen Angel, of lesser repercussion.
During the war he participated in some of the classics of the warlike genre (The purple heart, Wings and a prayer or A walk in the sun), good westerns and adventures (Generous land, Deep waters), comedies with style (The fair of the State) or melodramas with touches of black cinema (Angel or devil, Daisy Kenyon or The Justice), then moving to the thriller with the Cold War as a background theme (The Iron Curtain).
In the fifties, it would begin with the excellent On the edge of danger (1950), a criminal intrigue directed by Otto Preminger. But alcoholism and poor choice of roles caused his career to plummet. In fact, the problems with alcohol that Andrews suffered almost cost him his life in two car accidents.
With this series of scandals, Andrews was forced to play secondary roles in films of series B. Anyway, he would still make films of undoubted value, such as Three hours to live (1954, Alfred Werker), along with Donna Reed ; The path of the elephants (1954, William Dieterle), with Elizabeth Taylor; The indómita redhead (1955, Mervyn LeRoy), acting with Greer Garson; While New York sleeps (1956), by Fritz Lang, with Vincent Price and Rhonda Fleming; Beyond doubt (1956, by Fritz Lang, next to the unforgettable Joan Fontaine), or La noche del demonio (1958), a horror story by maestro Jacques Tourneur.
During the sixties, Andrews would continue working incessantly in works for television and cinematographic films of little category, although as a secondary he could access war productions as guest star: First victory (1965), along with Kirk Douglas and John Wayne; The battle of the Ardennes (1965), with Henry Fonda; or The Devil’s Brigade (1968), with William Holden and Cliff Robertson. From this last professional stage he stands out in his role as school president Tom Boswell in the NBC series Bright Promise (1968-72).
In 1972, after overcoming the problems of alcohol addiction, he became one of the most active film interpreters in an effort to convince young people to turn away from excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages and was one of the first famous people who made public their income in the organization of Alcoholics Anonymous. It appeared, finally, in East to West to kill, along with Stanley Baker and Geraldine Chaplin; The Last Tycoon (1976), by Elia Kazan, and Los valientes dresses in black (1978), together with Chuck Norris.
In regards to her private life, Dana Andrews married twice, the first in 1932 with Janet Murray, who was widowed in 1935, and finally with actress Mary Todd in 1939, whom she left widow in 1992.
In his last years of life he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and in 1992 he died of pneumonia.
More Facts about Dana Andrews
|Whole Name||Carver Dana Andrews|
|AKA(s)||Dana Andrews, Andrews, Dana|
|Born/Where||Covington County, Mississippi, U.S.|
|Born||January 01, 1909|
|Lived||83 years, 11 month, 16 days|
|What He/She Does||Actor|
|Relationships||Mary Todd; his death; three children|
|Brothers/Sisters||Steve Forrest brother, Steve Forrest brother, Siblings:, Wilton Wayland Andrews *, Harlan Glenmoore Andrews *, Charles Speed Andrews *, Hazel Annis Andrews *, Ralph Lowery Andrews *, Margaret Alton Andrews *, Evelyn Hope Andrews *, David Jam|
|Children||David Andrews, Susan Andrews, Stephen Andrews, Katharine Andrews|
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