Biography

William Gargan, born William Dennis Gargan July 17, 1905 in Brooklyn, New York, USA and died February 17, 1979 aged 73 on a flight between New York and San Diego.

He was an American motion picture, television and radio actor. Gargan played character roles in many Hollywood productions, including two appearances as detective Ellery Queen, but was best known for his role as Detective Martin Kane in the 1949-51 radio-television series, Martin Kane, Private Eye, sponsored by U.S. Tobacco. He also appeared as a private detective in the NBC radio show Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator, which ran from 1951 to 1955.

William Gargan, born William Dennis Gargan July 17, 1905 in Brooklyn, New York, USA and died February 17, 1979 aged 73 on a flight between New York and San Diego.

He was an American motion picture, television and radio actor. Gargan played character roles in many Hollywood productions, including two appearances as detective Ellery Queen, but was best known for his role as Detective Martin Kane in the 1949-51 radio-television series, Martin Kane, Private Eye, sponsored by U.S. Tobacco. He also appeared as a private detective in the NBC radio show Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator, which ran from 1951 to 1955.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 92

Birthday 1905-07-18

Day of Death 1979-02-18

Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • William Dennis Gargan
  • Bill Gargan

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Martin Kane, Private Eye (2 episodes)
2003 Complicated Women as Himself (archive footage)
1956 The Rawhide Years as Marshal Sommers
1956 Miracle in the Rain as Harry Wood
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour (1 episode)
1949 Dynamite as 'Gunner' Peterson
1948 Studio One (1 episode)
1948 Waterfront at Midnight as Mike Hanrohan
1948 The Argyle Secrets as Harry Mitchell
1946 Swell Guy as Martin Duncan
1946 Till the End of Time as Sgt. Gunny Watrous
1946 Murder in the Music Hall as Inspector Wilson
1946 Night Editor as Tony Cochrane
1946 Strange Impersonation as Dr. Stephen Lindstrom
1946 Behind Green Lights as Lt. Sam Carson
1945 The Bells of St. Mary's as Joe Gallagher
1945 Follow That Woman as Sam Boone
1945 Midnight Manhunt as Pete Willis
1945 Song of the Sarong as Drew Allen
1945 She Gets Her Man as 'Breezy' Barton
1944 The Canterville Ghost as Sergeant Benson
1943 Swing Fever as 'Waltzy' Malone
1943 Harrigan's Kid as Tom Harrigan
1943 No Place for a Lady as Jess Arno
1942 Who Done It? as Police Lt. Lou Moran
1942 The Mayor of 44th Street as Tommy Fallon
1942 Destination Unknown as Briggs Hannon - aka Terry Jordan
1942 Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen as Ellery Queen
1942 Miss Annie Rooney as Mr. Timothy Rooney
1942 A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen as Ellery Queen
1942 A Close Call for Ellery Queen as Ellery Queen
1942 Bombay Clipper as James Montgomery 'Jim' Wilson
1942 Sealed Lips as Lee Davis
1941 Keep 'Em Flying as Craig Morrison
1941 I Wake Up Screaming as Jerry 'Mac' MacDonald
1941 Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 1 as Himself
1941 Cheers For Miss Bishop as Sam Peters
1940 They Knew What They Wanted as Joe
1940 Sporting Blood as Duffy
1940 Turnabout as Joel Clare
1940 Star Dust as Dane Wharton
1940 Isle Of Destiny as Stripes Thornton
1940 Double Alibi as Walter Gifford
1939 Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President as Joe Turp
1939 The Housekeeper's Daughter as Ed O'Malley
1939 Three Sons as Thane Pardway
1939 The House of Fear as Arthur McHugh
1939 Women in the Wind as Ace Boreman
1939 Broadway Serenade as Bill Foster
1939 The Adventures of Jane Arden as Ed Towers
1939 Within the Law as Police Sergeant Cassidy
1938 Personal Secretary as Marcus 'Mark' Farrell
1938 The Crowd Roars as Johnny Martin
1938 The Devil's Party as Mike O'Mara
1938 The Crime of Doctor Hallet as Dr. Jack Murray
1937 You're a Sweetheart as Fred Edwards
1937 Some Blondes Are Dangerous as George Regan
1937 Behind the Mike as George Hayes
1937 Reported Missing as Steve Browning
1937 Wings Over Honolulu as Lt. Jack Furness
1937 Breezing Home as Steve Rowan
1937 You Only Live Once as Father Dolan
1936 Flying Hostess as Hal Cunningham
1936 Alibi For Murder as Perry Travis
1936 Fury and the Woman as Bruce Corrigan
1936 Navy Born as Lt. Red Furness
1936 The Milky Way as Speed McFarland
1936 Man Hunt as Henry Wadsworth "Hank" Dawson
1935 Things You Never See on the Screen as Himself
1935 Broadway Gondolier as Cliff Stanley
1935 Bright Lights as Dan Wheeler
1935 Don't Bet On Blondes as Numbers
1935 Things Are Looking Up as Van Gaard
1935 Black Fury as Slim Johnson, Company Policeman
1935 Traveling Saleslady as Pat O'Connor
1935 A Night at the Ritz as Duke Regan
1934 The Hollywood Gad-About as Himself (uncredited)
1934 British Agent as Bob Medill
1934 Strictly Dynamite as Georgie
1934 Four Frightened People as Stewart Corder
1933 Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men as Red Branahan
1933 Night Flight as Brazilian pilot
1933 Headline Shooter as Bill Allen
1933 Emergency Call as Steve Brennan
1933 The Story of Temple Drake as Stephen Benbow
1933 Sweepings as Gene Pardway
1933 Lucky Devils as Bob Hughes
1932 The Animal Kingdom as Regan, Le majordome
1932 The Sport Parade as Johnny Baker
1932 Rain as Sergeant O'Hara
1932 The Misleading Lady as Fitzpatrick
1930 Follow the Leader as A Gangster

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