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Everett Sloane

in The Enforcer (1951)
Born October 1, 1909(1909-10-01)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Died August 6, 1965 (aged 55)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, songwriter, theatre director
Years active 1935 – 1965
Spouse(s) Lillian Herman (1933-1965; his death) 2 children

Everett Sloane (October 1, 1909 – August 6, 1965) was an American stage, film and television actor, songwriter, and theatre director.

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Early life

Born to a Jewish family in Manhattan, New York, Sloane attended the University of Pennsylvania before dropping out in order to join a theater company, but he stopped acting and became a runner on Wall Street after a number of negative stage reviews. After the stock market crash in 1929, he decided to return to the theater.

Career

Sloane eventually joined Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre, and acted in Welles' films in roles such as Citizen Kane 's Bernstein in 1941 and The Lady from Shanghai's Arthur Bannister in 1948.

Sloane's Broadway theatre career began with the comedy Boy Meets Girl in 1945 and ended with From A to Z, a revue for which he wrote several songs, in 1960. In-between he acted in plays such as Native Son (1941), A Bell for Adano (1944), and Room Service (1953) and directed the melodrama The Dancer (1946).

In the 1940s, Sloane was a frequent guest star on the radio theatre series Inner Sanctum Mysteries and was in The Mysterious Traveler episode "Survival of the Fittest" with Kermit Murdock. In 1953 he starred as Captain Frank Kennelly in the CBS radio crime drama 21st Precinct. In 1958 he played Walter Brennan's role in a remake of To Have and Have Not called The Gun Runners.

Sloane also worked extensively in television; in November 1955 he starred in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Our Cook's A Treasure"; he appeared on the NBC anthology series, The Joseph Cotten Show, in the 1956 episode "Law Is for the Lovers", with co-star Inger Stevens. Sloane was the voice of Dick Tracy in 130 cartoons produced in 1960 and 1961. Beginning in 1964, he provided character voices for the animated TV series The Adventures of Jonny Quest. He wrote the unused lyrics to "The Fishin' Hole", the theme song for The Andy Griffith Show. He starred as the ruthless businessman in both the film and television versions of Rod Serling's Patterns, and later guest starred in the first season of The Twilight ZoneThe Fever (The Twilight Zone) as the victim of a Las Vegas Slot Machine.

Death

Sloane committed suicide at the age of 55, reportedly depressed over oncoming blindness by glaucoma. He is buried at Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Admirers of F. Scott Fitzgerald will long remember his magnificent renditions of passages from "The Great Gatsby" on the NBC program devoted to Fitzgerald in August 1955, part of the "Biography in Sound" series on great American authors.

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