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Tom Fadden

Born January 6, 1895

Bayard, Iowa, United States

Died April 14, 1980 (aged 85)

Vero Beach, Florida, United States

Occupation Actor

Years active 1915–1977

Robert Walker and Tom Fadden (right) in Vengeance Valley (1951)

Tom Fadden (January 6, 1895 – April 14, 1980) was an American actor. He performed on the legitimate stage, vaudeville, in films and on television during his long career.

He would make his film debut with a small role in 1939's I Stole a Million, which stars George Raft and Claire Trevor. He would have his first memorable bit in his next film, Destry Rides Again, starring Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart, where in the opening scene he is playing cards, and is cheated when Dietrich distracts him by spilling coffee in his lap. His film career would span almost forty years, and encompass over 90 films, mostly in small or supporting roles, although with an occasional starring role, as in 1940's Zanzibar. The 1940s would see him appear in other classic and notable films such as: the Bob Hope comedy, My Favorite Blonde (1942); Pardon My Sarong (1942), starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello; The Naughty Nineties (1945), again starring Abbott and Costello; the film noir, The Big Sleep (1946), starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; and 1946's It's a Wonderful Life, where he had a particularly memorable scene as the Tollhouse Keeper on the bridge, who reacts to Clarence's (the angel) explanation of who he is to George Bailey (James Stewart).

The 1950s would see Fadden continue to appear in several notable films, including: Dallas (1950), starring Gary Cooper and Ruth Roman; 1956's Invasion of the Body Snatchers, where his character is one of the first victims to succumb to the alien invaders; and Baby Face Nelson (1957), starring Mickey Rooney and Carolyn Jones. Fadden would also begin forays into the acting world of the small screen. One of his first television roles was that of Eben Kent, the earthman who adopts Kal-El on the inaugural episode of The Adventures of Superman. He would appear in numerous other television shows during the decade, including recurring roles on Broken Arrow (1956–58) and Cimarron City (1958–59). Although he would appear in only a handful of films in the 1960s, he would work regularly on television during the decade, including a recurring role on Petticoat Junction. His final acting credit was the 1977 science fiction horror film, Empire of the Ants, starring Joan Collins.

Fadden died of natural causes on April 14, 1980 in Vero Beach, Florida, and survived by his second wife, Jane.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tom Fadden

Born January 6, 1895

Bayard, Iowa, United States

Died April 14, 1980 (aged 85)

Vero Beach, Florida, United States

Occupation Actor

Years active 1915–1977

Robert Walker and Tom Fadden (right) in Vengeance Valley (1951)

Tom Fadden (January 6, 1895 – April 14, 1980) was an American actor. He performed on the legitimate stage, vaudeville, in films and on television during his long career.

He would make his film debut with a small role in 1939's I Stole a Million, which stars George Raft and Claire Trevor. He would have his first memorable bit in his next film, Destry Rides Again, starring Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart, where in the opening scene he is playing cards, and is cheated when Dietrich distracts him by spilling coffee in his lap. His film career would span almost forty years, and encompass over 90 films, mostly in small or supporting roles, although with an occasional starring role, as in 1940's Zanzibar. The 1940s would see him appear in other classic and notable films such as: the Bob Hope comedy, My Favorite Blonde (1942); Pardon My Sarong (1942), starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello; The Naughty Nineties (1945), again starring Abbott and Costello; the film noir, The Big Sleep (1946), starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; and 1946's It's a Wonderful Life, where he had a particularly memorable scene as the Tollhouse Keeper on the bridge, who reacts to Clarence's (the angel) explanation of who he is to George Bailey (James Stewart).

The 1950s would see Fadden continue to appear in several notable films, including: Dallas (1950), starring Gary Cooper and Ruth Roman; 1956's Invasion of the Body Snatchers, where his character is one of the first victims to succumb to the alien invaders; and Baby Face Nelson (1957), starring Mickey Rooney and Carolyn Jones. Fadden would also begin forays into the acting world of the small screen. One of his first television roles was that of Eben Kent, the earthman who adopts Kal-El on the inaugural episode of The Adventures of Superman. He would appear in numerous other television shows during the decade, including recurring roles on Broken Arrow (1956–58) and Cimarron City (1958–59). Although he would appear in only a handful of films in the 1960s, he would work regularly on television during the decade, including a recurring role on Petticoat Junction. His final acting credit was the 1977 science fiction horror film, Empire of the Ants, starring Joan Collins.

Fadden died of natural causes on April 14, 1980 in Vero Beach, Florida, and survived by his second wife, Jane.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender -

Known Credits 50

Birthday 1895-01-06

Day of Death 1980-04-14

Place of Birth Bayard, Iowa, United States

Official Site -

Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1977 Empire of the Ants as Sam Russell
1970 Dirty Dingus Magee as Trooper
1961 Pocketful of Miracles as Herbie - Hotel Employee (uncredited)
1961 Mister Ed (1 episode)
1960 The Tall Man (1 episode)
1959 Edge of Eternity as Eli Jones
1958 Cimarron City (26 episodes) as Silas Perry
1956 Broken Arrow (69 episodes)
1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers as Uncle Ira Lentz
1955 Gunsmoke (1 episode)
1953 Thy Neighbor's Wife as Honza Kratky
1953 Kansas Pacific as Gus Gustavson the Train Fireman
1951 Drums in the Deep South as Purdy
1950 Singing Guns as Express Agent
1948 State of the Union as Waiter
1948 The Hunted as Bus Passenger
1948 The Inside Story as Ab Follansbee
1947 The Judge Steps Out as Sheriff
1947 That Hagen Girl as Village Loafer
1947 Dark Passage as Diner Counterman Serving Parry (uncredited)
1947 Dragnet
1946 It's a Wonderful Life as Tollhouse Keeper (uncredited)
1946 The Big Sleep as Sidney (uncredited)
1946 The Well Groomed Bride as Justice of the Peace
1945 The Royal Mounted Rides Again as 'Lode' MacKenzie
1945 Trail to Vengeance as Horace Glumm
1945 A Medal For Benny as Bank Teller
1945 Murder, He Says as Sheriff Murdock
1944 Tomorrow, the World! as Mr. Clyde - Mailman (uncredited)
1944 The Hairy Ape as Long
1944 Henry Aldrich's Little Secret as Mr. Luther
1943 A Lady Takes a Chance as Mullen
1943 Edge of Darkness as Hammer
1942 Fall In as Zeb Hatfield
1942 Wings for the Eagle as Tom 'Cyclone' Shaw
1942 My Favorite Blonde as Tom Douglas
1942 Sundown Jim as Stagecoach driver
1942 Lone Star Ranger as Sam
1942 The Night Before the Divorce as Capt. Walt
1942 The Remarkable Andrew as Jake Pearl
1942 Blondie Goes to College as Mr. Dill's Brother
1941 The Shepherd of the Hills as Jim Lane
1940 The Howards of Virginia as Backwoodsman
1940 When the Daltons Rode as Townsman
1940 Winners of the West as Tex Houston
1940 The Captain Is a Lady as Pucey Kintner
1940 Congo Maisie as Nelson
1939 Destry Rides Again as Lem Claggett
1939 I Stole a Million as Verne
1938 Held For Ransom as Jalopy Driver

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