Biography

John Regis Toomey (August 13, 1898 – October 12, 1991) was an American film and television actor.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, he was one of four children of Francis X. and Mary Ellen Toomey and attended Peabody High School. He initially pondered a law career, but acting won out and he established himself as a musical stage performer.

Educated in dramatics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he became a brother of Sigma Chi, Toomey began as a stock actor and eventually made it to Broadway. Toomey was a singer on stage until throat problems (acute laryngitis) while touring in Europe stopped that aspect of his career. In 1929, Toomey first began appearing in films. He initially started out as a leading man, but found more success as a character actor (sans his toupee).

Toomey appeared in over 180 films, including classics such as The Big Sleep with Humphrey Bogart. In 1956, he appeared as a judge, with Chuck Connors as "Andy", in the third episode, "The Nevada Nightingale", of the NBC anthology series The Joseph Cotten Show. Toomey thereafter appeared in another anthology series too as the character "Harry" in the 1960 episode "The Doctor and the Redhead", with Dick Powell and Felicia Farr, of CBS's The DuPont Show with June Allyson. In the 1961–1962 television season, he appeared in a supporting role with George Nader in the syndicated crime drama Shannon about insurance investigators. From 1963–1966, Toomey was one of the stars of the ABC crime drama, Burke's Law, starring Gene Barry. He played Sergeant Les Hart, one of the detectives assisting the murder investigations of the millionaire police captain Amos Burke. He also guest-starred on dozens of television programs, including the "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres" episode of Maverick.

In 1941, Toomey appeared in You're in the Army Now, in which he and Jane Wyman had the longest screen kiss in cinema history: 3 minutes and 5 seconds.

John Regis Toomey (August 13, 1898 – October 12, 1991) was an American film and television actor.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, he was one of four children of Francis X. and Mary Ellen Toomey and attended Peabody High School. He initially pondered a law career, but acting won out and he established himself as a musical stage performer.

Educated in dramatics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he became a brother of Sigma Chi, Toomey began as a stock actor and eventually made it to Broadway. Toomey was a singer on stage until throat problems (acute laryngitis) while touring in Europe stopped that aspect of his career. In 1929, Toomey first began appearing in films. He initially started out as a leading man, but found more success as a character actor (sans his toupee).

Toomey appeared in over 180 films, including classics such as The Big Sleep with Humphrey Bogart. In 1956, he appeared as a judge, with Chuck Connors as "Andy", in the third episode, "The Nevada Nightingale", of the NBC anthology series The Joseph Cotten Show. Toomey thereafter appeared in another anthology series too as the character "Harry" in the 1960 episode "The Doctor and the Redhead", with Dick Powell and Felicia Farr, of CBS's The DuPont Show with June Allyson. In the 1961–1962 television season, he appeared in a supporting role with George Nader in the syndicated crime drama Shannon about insurance investigators. From 1963–1966, Toomey was one of the stars of the ABC crime drama, Burke's Law, starring Gene Barry. He played Sergeant Les Hart, one of the detectives assisting the murder investigations of the millionaire police captain Amos Burke. He also guest-starred on dozens of television programs, including the "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres" episode of Maverick.

In 1941, Toomey appeared in You're in the Army Now, in which he and Jane Wyman had the longest screen kiss in cinema history: 3 minutes and 5 seconds.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 190

Birthday 1898-08-13

Day of Death 1991-10-12

Place of Birth Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Also Known As

  • John Regis Toomey

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1987 Evil Town as Doc Hooper
1975 Dr. Shagetz as Doc Hooper
1974 The Phantom Of Hollywood as Joe
1972 Ghost Story(1 episode)
1972 The Carey Treatment as Sanderson the Pathologist
1967 Gunn as The Bishop
1966 Time Tunnel(1 episode)
1966 The Night of the Grizzly as Cotton Benson
1965 The F.B.I.(1 episode)
1965 Green Acres(1 episode)
1965 The Legend of Jesse James(1 episode)
1964 Man's Favorite Sport? as Bagley
1963 Petticoat Junction(7 episodes)
1963 Burke's Law(81 episodes) as Detective Lester Hart
1963 Johnny Shiloh as Mr. Clem
1962 Going My Way(1 episode)
1962 The Virginian(1 episode)
1961 Dr. Kildare(1 episode)
1961 Shannon(36 episodes)
1961 Cain's Hundred(1 episode)
1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea as Dr. Jamieson
1961 King of the Roaring 20's: The Story of Arnold Rothstein as Bill Baird
1961 The Last Sunset as Milton Wing
1960 Route 66(1 episode)
1960 The Tall Man(1 episode)
1960 Guns of the Timberland as Sheriff Taylor
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson(1 episode)
1959 Tightrope(1 episode)
1959 The Hangman as Soldier at Fort
1959 Warlock as Skinner
1959 Rawhide(2 episodes)
1958 Joy Ride as Miles
1958 Bronco(1 episode)
1958 Peter Gunn(1 episode)
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive(1 episode)
1958 Sing Boy Sing as Rev. Easton
1957 Trackdown(2 episodes)
1957 Maverick(1 episode)
1957 Perry Mason(2 episodes)
1957 Sugarfoot(1 episode)
1957 Richard Diamond, Private Detective(13 episodes)
1957 Curfew Breakers as Coach Bettger
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater(2 episodes)
1956 The Adventures of Jim Bowie(1 episode)
1956 Dakota Incident as Minstrel
1956 Three for Jamie Dawn as Murph
1956 Great Day in the Morning as Father Murphy
1955 Top Gun as Jim O'Hara
1955 Guys and Dolls as Arvide Abernathy
1955 Matinee Theater(1 episode)
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour(2 episodes)
1955 Navy Log(1 episode)
1955 Cheyenne(3 episodes)
1955 The Millionaire(1 episode)
1954 Climax!(1 episode)
1954 December Bride(3 episodes)
1954 The Human Jungle as Det. Bob Geddes
1954 Hey Mulligan(30 episodes)
1954 The High and the Mighty as Tim Garfield
1954 Drums Across the River as Sheriff Jim Beal
1953 The Nebraskan as Col. Markham
1953 Letter to Loretta(6 episodes)
1953 Island in the Sky as Sergeant Harper
1953 Son of Belle Starr as Tom Wren
1953 It Happens Every Thursday as Mayor Hull
1953 General Electric Theater(1 episode)
1953 Never Wave at a WAC as General Ned Prager
1952 My Pal Gus as Farley Norris
1952 Cavalcade of America(1 episode)
1952 Just for You as Mr. Hodges
1952 The Battle at Apache Pass as Dr. Carter
1952 My Six Convicts as Dr. Gordon
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars(4 episodes)
1951 The People Against O'Hara as Fred Colton, Police Sound Man
1951 Show Boat as Sheriff Ike Vallon (uncredited)
1951 Cry Danger as Detective Lt. Gus Cobb
1950 Frenchie as Carter
1950 Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone as Reporter in Light Jacket (uncredited)
1950 Undercover Girl as Hank Miller
1950 Again Pioneers as Dave Harley
1950 Lux Video Theatre(1 episode)
1950 Dynamite Pass as Dan Madden
1949 Beyond the Forest as Sorren
1949 Mighty Joe Young as John Young
1949 Come to the Stable as Monsignor Talbot
1948 The Boy with Green Hair as Mr. Davis
1948 Station West as Jim Goddard
1948 Raw Deal as Police Capt. Fields
1948 I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes as Police Inspector Clint Judd
1948 Reaching from Heaven as Pastor
1947 The Bishop's Wife as Mr. Miller
1947 Magic Town as Ed Weaver
1947 High Tide as Inspector O'Haffey
1947 The Guilty as Detective Heller
1947 The Thirteenth Hour as Don Parker
1946 Child of Divorce as Ray Carter
1946 Sister Kenny as New York Reporter
1946 Her Sister's Secret as Bill Gordon
1946 The Big Sleep as Chief Inspector Bernie Ohls
1946 Mysterious Intruder as James Summers
1945 Spellbound as Det. Sgt. Gillespie
1945 Follow That Woman as Barney Manners
1945 Betrayal from the East as Agent Posing as 'Sgt. Jimmy Scott'
1945 Strange Illusion as Dr. Vincent
1944 Murder in the Blue Room as Inspector McDonald
1944 The Doughgirls as Timothy Walsh
1944 When the Lights Go On Again as Bill Regan
1944 Dark Mountain as Steve Downey
1944 Raiders of Ghost City as Capt. Clay Randolph [Chs. 1-6]
1944 Follow the Boys as Dr. Henderson
1944 Phantom Lady as Detective Chewing Gum
1943 Adventures of the Flying Cadets as Capt. Ralph Carson
1943 Destroyer as Lt. Cmdr. Clark
1942 Tennessee Johnson as Blackstone McDaniel
1942 The Forest Rangers as Frank Hatfield
1942 I Was Framed as Bob Leeds
1942 Bullet Scars as Dr. Steven Bishop
1941 You're in the Army Now as Captain Radcliffe
1941 They Died with Their Boots On as Fitzhugh Lee
1941 New York Town as Jim Martin
1941 Law of the Tropics as Tom Marshall
1941 Dive Bomber as Tom Griffin
1941 The Nurse's Secret as Inspector Tom Patten
1941 A Shot in the Dark as William Ryder
1941 Meet John Doe as Bert Hansen
1941 The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance as Wallace
1940 Arizona as Grant Oury
1940 March On, Marines as Drill Sergeant
1940 North West Mounted Police as Constable Jerry Moore
1940 'Til We Meet Again as Freddy
1940 Northwest Passage as Webster
1940 His Girl Friday as Sanders
1939 Thunder Afloat as Ives
1939 Indianapolis Speedway as Dick Wilbur
1939 Confessions of a Nazi Spy as Tom - in Coffee Shop
1939 Union Pacific as Paddy O'Rourke
1939 Street of Missing Men as Jim Parker
1939 Society Smugglers as Johnny Beebe
1939 Wings of the Navy as First Flight Instructor
1939 The Mysterious Miss X as Jack Webster
1939 The Phantom Creeps as Lt. Jim Daly
1938 Smashing the Spy Ring as Ted Hall
1938 Illegal Traffic as Dalton
1938 Illegal Traffic as Windy
1938 Blind Alibi as Doctor Wilson - Veterinarian
1938 The Invisible Menace as Lt. Matthews
1937 Submarine D-1 as Tom Callan
1937 Back in Circulation as Buck
1937 Big City as Fred Hawkins
1937 Midnight Taxi as Hilton
1936 Bulldog Edition as Jim Hardy
1935 Skull and Crown as Bob Franklin, alias Rocky Morgan
1935 Bars of Hate as Ted Clark
1935 Shadows of the Orient as Inspector Bob Baxter
1935 Manhattan Moon as Eddie
1935 G-Men as Eddie Buchanan
1935 One Frightened Night as Tom Dean
1935 Great God Gold as Phil Stuart
1935 Shadow of Doubt as Reed Ryan
1934 Red Morning as John Hastings
1934 Redhead as Scoop
1934 She Had to Choose as Jack Berry
1934 Murder On The Blackboard as Detective Smiley North
1934 Picture Brides as Dave Hart
1934 Hollywood on Parade No. B-1
1933 Big Time Or Bust as Jimmie Kane
1933 She Had to Say Yes as Tommy Nelson
1933 How to Break 90 #5: Impact
1933 Laughing at Life as Pat Collins / Mc Hale
1932 The Penal Code as Robert Palmer
1932 The Wayne Murder Case as Detective-Sergeant Mitchell
1932 They Never Come Back as Jimmy Nolan
1932 The Crowd Roars as Dick Wilbur
1932 Shopworn as David Livingston
1931 24 Hours as Tony Bruzzi
1931 Graft as Dustin Hotchkiss
1931 Murder by the Clock as Office Cassidy
1931 Kick In as Chick Hewes
1931 The Finger Points as Charlie 'Breezy' Russell
1931 Finn and Hattie as Henry Collins
1931 Scandal Sheet as Regan
1931 Other Men's Women as Jack Kulper
1931 Under Eighteen as Jimmie Slocum
1930 A Man From Wyoming as Jersey
1930 Good Intentions
1930 Shadow of the Law as Tom Owens
1930 The Light of Western Stars as Bob Drexell
1930 Framed as Jimmy McArthur
1930 Street of Chance as 'Babe' Marsden
1929 Illusion as Eric
1929 Alibi as Danny McGann

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