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Paul Douglas (April 11, 1907 – September 11, 1959) was an American actor.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as Paul Douglas Fleischer, Douglas began his career as a stage actor. He made his Broadway debut in 1936 as the Radio Announcer in Doty Hobart and Tom McKnight's Double Dummy at the John Golden Theatre. In 1946 he won both a Theatre World Award and a Clarence Derwent Award for his portrayal of Herry Brock in Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday.

Douglas began appearing in films in 1949. He may be best-remembered for two baseball comedy movies, Angels in the Outfield (1951) and It Happens Every Spring (1949). He also played Richard Widmark's police partner in the thriller Panic in the Streets, frustrated newlywed Porter Hollingsway in A Letter to Three Wives, Sgt. Kowalski in The Big Lift, businessman Josiah Walter Dudley in Executive Suite and a con man turned monk in When in Rome. In 1950, Douglas was host of the 22nd annual Academy Awards. Douglas also worked on radio as the announcer for The Ed Wynn Show and he was the first host of NBC Radio's "Horn & Hardart Children's Hour!". In April 1959 Douglas appeared as Lucy Ricardo's television morning show boss in the "Lucy Wants a Career" episode of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.

Douglas was originally cast in the 1960 episode of The Twilight Zone called "The Mighty Casey", a role written for him by Rod Serling, based on his character in Angels in the Outfield, but Douglas died the same week after production of the episode had been completed. His role was taken over by Jack Warden, and most of the episode was refilmed several months later.

He was married five times, last to actress Jan Sterling from 1950 until his death. They had a son, Adams Douglas (1955–2003).

Paul Douglas died on September 11, 1959 of a heart attack in Hollywood, California at the age of 52. Film director Billy Wilder and co-writer I.A.L. ('Izzy') Diamond had just offered him the role of Jeff Sheldrake in the movie The Apartment that went to Fred MacMurray instead. Wilder later said: "I saw him and his wife, Jan Sterling, at a restaurant, and I realized he was perfect, and I asked him right there in the parking lot. About two days before we were to start, he had a heart attack and died. Iz and I were shattered."

Description above from the Wikipedia article Paul Douglas,  licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

Paul Douglas (April 11, 1907 – September 11, 1959) was an American actor.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as Paul Douglas Fleischer, Douglas began his career as a stage actor. He made his Broadway debut in 1936 as the Radio Announcer in Doty Hobart and Tom McKnight's Double Dummy at the John Golden Theatre. In 1946 he won both a Theatre World Award and a Clarence Derwent Award for his portrayal of Herry Brock in Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday.

Douglas began appearing in films in 1949. He may be best-remembered for two baseball comedy movies, Angels in the Outfield (1951) and It Happens Every Spring (1949). He also played Richard Widmark's police partner in the thriller Panic in the Streets, frustrated newlywed Porter Hollingsway in A Letter to Three Wives, Sgt. Kowalski in The Big Lift, businessman Josiah Walter Dudley in Executive Suite and a con man turned monk in When in Rome. In 1950, Douglas was host of the 22nd annual Academy Awards. Douglas also worked on radio as the announcer for The Ed Wynn Show and he was the first host of NBC Radio's "Horn & Hardart Children's Hour!". In April 1959 Douglas appeared as Lucy Ricardo's television morning show boss in the "Lucy Wants a Career" episode of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.

Douglas was originally cast in the 1960 episode of The Twilight Zone called "The Mighty Casey", a role written for him by Rod Serling, based on his character in Angels in the Outfield, but Douglas died the same week after production of the episode had been completed. His role was taken over by Jack Warden, and most of the episode was refilmed several months later.

He was married five times, last to actress Jan Sterling from 1950 until his death. They had a son, Adams Douglas (1955–2003).

Paul Douglas died on September 11, 1959 of a heart attack in Hollywood, California at the age of 52. Film director Billy Wilder and co-writer I.A.L. ('Izzy') Diamond had just offered him the role of Jeff Sheldrake in the movie The Apartment that went to Fred MacMurray instead. Wilder later said: "I saw him and his wife, Jan Sterling, at a restaurant, and I realized he was perfect, and I asked him right there in the parking lot. About two days before we were to start, he had a heart attack and died. Iz and I were shattered."

Description above from the Wikipedia article Paul Douglas,  licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 47

Birthday 1907-04-11

Day of Death 1959-09-11

Place of Birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2005 Blue Water High (1 episode)
1959 The Mating Game as 'Pop' Larkin
1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1 episode)
1958 Fortunella
1957 The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1957 Beau James as Chris Nolan
1957 This Could Be the Night as Rocco
1956 The Gamma People as Mike Wilson
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1 episode)
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1 episode)
1956 The Solid Gold Cadillac as Edward L. McKeever
1956 Adventure Theater (11 episodes) as Host
1956 The Leather Saint as Gus MacAuliffe
1956 Joe Macbeth as Joe MacBeth
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour (1 episode)
1955 Playwrights '56 (1 episode)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1 episode)
1954 Green Fire as Vic Leonard
1954 Climax! (2 episodes)
1954 Executive Suite as Josiah Walter Dudley
1954 The Maggie as Marshall
1954 Forever Female as E. Harry Phillips
1953 The Academy Awards (1 episode)
1953 Never Wave at a WAC as Andrew McBain
1952 We're Not Married! as Hector C. Woodruff
1952 Clash by Night as Jerry D'Amato
1952 When In Rome as Joe Brewster
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (1 episode)
1951 Angels in the Outfield as Aloysius X. 'Guffy' McGovern
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 The Guy Who Came Back as Harry Joplin
1951 Fourteen Hours as Police Ofcr. Charlie Dunnigan
1951 The Screen Director
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (2 episodes)
1950 Panic in the Streets as Capt. Tom Warren
1950 Love That Brute as E.L. 'Big Ed' Hanley
1950 The Big Lift as MSgt. Henry "Hank" Kowalski
1950 Your Show of Shows (1 episode)
1950 You Can Change The World as Himself
1949 Everybody Does It as Leonard Borland aka Logan Bennett
1949 It Happens Every Spring as Monk Lanigan
1949 A Letter to Three Wives as Porter Hollingsway
1948 Studio One (2 episodes)
1946 Hour Glass (1 episode)
1943 Margin for Error as Policeman at Front Desk

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