Dan Duryea was born on January 23, 1907 in White Plains, New York and died on June 7, 1968. He had his high school education at White Plains Senior High School in 1924 and his college education at Cornell University in 1928. He became popular in the Broadway plays Dead End and The Little Foxes. In 1940, Duryea moved to Hollywood and appeared in the film version of The Little Foxes. He later on established himself by playing supporting roles in films such as The Pride of the Yankees and None But the Lonely Heart. Other films he starred included Scarlet Street, Criss Cross, One Way Street, Too Late for Tears, Black Angel, and Ministry of Fear. From 1952 to 1956, he played the lead character in the television show China Smith and The New Adventures of China Smith from 1953 to 1954. Duryea was also starred in the third episode of the television series The Twilight Zone in 1959 and guest starred on NBC's anthology series The Barbara Stanwyck Show.