Dan Duryea

Dan Duryea (January 23, 1907 – June 7, 1968) was an American actor, known for roles in film, stage and television. Born and raised in White Plains, New York, Duryea graduated from White Plains Senior High School in 1924 and Cornell University in 1928. While at Cornell, Duryea was elected into the Sphinx Head Society. He made his name on Broadway in the play Dead End, followed by The Little Foxes, in which he portrayed Leo Hubbard. Duryea moved to Hollywood in 1940 to appear in the film version of The Little Foxes. He continued to establish himself with supporting & secondary roles in films such as The Pride of the Yankees & None But the Lonely Heart. As the 1940s progressed, he found his niche as the "sniveling, deliberately taunting" antagonist in a number of films noir (Scarlet Street, The Woman in the Window, Criss Cross, Too Late for Tears), though he was sometimes cast in more objective roles (Black Angel, Ministry of Fear, One Way Street). In 1946 exhibitors voted him the eight-most promising "star of tomorrow". Duryea starred as the lead character China Smith in the China Smith from 1952 to 1956); and "The New Adventures of China Smith" from 1953 to 1954).


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