Biography

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Morgan Conway (March 16, 1903 in Newark, New Jersey – November 16, 1981 in Livingston, New Jersey) was an American actor, best known for his portrayals of Dick Tracy.

Born Sydney Conway, he was educated at Columbia University in New York City. He arrived in Hollywood just in time to get on the ground floor of the industry's burgeoning labor movement. Conway was one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild. His first film appearance was in the 1934 film Looking for Trouble.

For many years he freelanced, working for various studios in bits or supporting roles. His most familiar appearance from this period is probably in Charlie Chan in Reno (1939).

By the mid-1940s he was a contract player for RKO Radio Pictures, and he was chosen to portray Chester Gould's comic-strip detective Dick Tracy in a pair of feature films: Dick Tracy and Dick Tracy vs. Cueball. RKO's earliest publicity photos posed Conway in profile, hoping to emulate Gould's square-jawed caricatures. Although this screen Tracy didn't resemble the print Tracy physically, Conway's dramatic interpretation was faithful; he gave the role an understated, businesslike quality totally in keeping with a police procedural. Morgan Conway is considered by many (including Dick Tracy writer Max Allan Collins) to be the best screen Dick Tracy.

Morgan/Sydney Conway left the motion picture industry and returned to New Jersey, where he died of lung cancer at the age of 78.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Morgan Conway (March 16, 1903 in Newark, New Jersey – November 16, 1981 in Livingston, New Jersey) was an American actor, best known for his portrayals of Dick Tracy.

Born Sydney Conway, he was educated at Columbia University in New York City. He arrived in Hollywood just in time to get on the ground floor of the industry's burgeoning labor movement. Conway was one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild. His first film appearance was in the 1934 film Looking for Trouble.

For many years he freelanced, working for various studios in bits or supporting roles. His most familiar appearance from this period is probably in Charlie Chan in Reno (1939).

By the mid-1940s he was a contract player for RKO Radio Pictures, and he was chosen to portray Chester Gould's comic-strip detective Dick Tracy in a pair of feature films: Dick Tracy and Dick Tracy vs. Cueball. RKO's earliest publicity photos posed Conway in profile, hoping to emulate Gould's square-jawed caricatures. Although this screen Tracy didn't resemble the print Tracy physically, Conway's dramatic interpretation was faithful; he gave the role an understated, businesslike quality totally in keeping with a police procedural. Morgan Conway is considered by many (including Dick Tracy writer Max Allan Collins) to be the best screen Dick Tracy.

Morgan/Sydney Conway left the motion picture industry and returned to New Jersey, where he died of lung cancer at the age of 78.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 29

Birthday 1903-03-16

Day of Death 1981-11-16

Place of Birth Newark, New Jersey, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1946 Dick Tracy vs. Cueball as Dick Tracy
1946 Vacation in Reno as Joe
1946 The Truth About Murder as Lester Ashton
1946 Badman's Territory as Captain William 'Bill' Hampton
1945 Dick Tracy as Dick Tracy
1943 Canyon City as Craig Morgan
1943 Tornado as Gary Linden
1942 Bells of Capistrano as Stag Johnson
1942 A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen as Ray Stafford
1940 Millionaires in Prison as James Brent
1940 A Fugitive from Justice as 'Julie' Alexander
1940 Brother Orchid as Philadelphia Powell
1940 The Saint Takes Over as Sam Reese
1940 Florian as Kingston
1939 Private Detective as Nat Flavin
1939 Sued For Libel as Albert Pomeroy
1939 Television Spy as Carl Venner
1939 The Spellbinder as Mr. Carrington
1939 Charlie Chan in Reno as George Bentley
1939 Secret Service of the Air as Henchman Ed Powell
1939 Blackwell's Island as Steve Cardigan
1939 Wings of the Navy as Tommy - Duty Officer (uncredited)
1939 North of Shanghai as Bob Laird
1939 Off the Record as Lou Baronette
1938 Crime Ring as Ray Taylor
1938 Sinners in Paradise as Harrison Brand
1938 The Nurse from Brooklyn as Inspector Donohue
1934 Happy Landing as Frank Harland
1934 Looking for Trouble as Dan Sutter

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