Gerald Mohr

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Born

6/11/1914 , New York

Died

11/9/1968

Birth Name

Gerald Mohr

Gender

Male

Biography:

Born on 11 June 1914, Gerald Mohr was the only son of Gerald Mohr Snr. and Henrietta Neustadt, a Viennese singer. His father died when Mohr was 3 years old and he was raised by his mother and his grandfather, a psychologist and associate of Dr Sigmund Freud. He was educated at the Dwight Preparatory School in New York, where he was taught piano and learned horseriding. The young Mohr intended to be a medical doctor but, while in hospital for an appendectomy, a fellow patient, who worked in radio, noted his fine speaking voice and suggested a career in radio as a reporter and announcer. This led to learning his acting craft with the Orson Welles Mercury Theater Company early in the 1930s, appearing in the stage version of "The Petrified Forest" and starring in Jean Christophe. Mohr appeared and starred in over 500 radio plays from the mid-1930s until the early 1950s, most notably starring as Philip Marlowe in the CBS radio series. In the late 1930s he landed small movie roles. He married Rita Deneau, his childhood sweetheart, in 1938. A son, Anthony, was born in 1947. He served for 3 years during the Second World War in the American Air Force and, when the War was over, he immediately resumed his acting career, starring as "The Lone Wolf" in 3 of the series between 1946-7. He also appeared in "Gilda" (1946), the noted film noir starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. As television became popular, Mohr turned to guest star appearances in many TV Westerns and crime series, including Maverick, Cheyenne, Bronco, Bonanza, Sugarfoot, Perry Mason, Burke's Law, Hawaiian Eye, 77 Sunset Strip, etc. He also starred in 39 episodes as Christopher Storm in the TV series "Foreign Intrigue - Cross Current". He made over 90 appearances in these shows, as well as pursuing a film career, appearing in over 70 movies and starring in "Terror in the Haunted House" (1958), "Guns, Girls and Gangsters" (1959), "The Angry Red Planet" (1960), "This Rebel Breed" (1960). In 1957 he was divorced and married Mai Dietrich a year later. His voice talent was used in the original "The Fantastic Four" (1967) cartoon series, voicing Reed Richards/Mr Fantastic. He also voiced Green Lantern in the "Aquaman" (1968) TV series. His last film appearance was as Tom Branca in "Funny Girl" (1968). He had just completed the pilot of a new TV series in Stockholm which he was producing and starring in called "Private Entrance" when he died of a heart attack on 9 November 1968.