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Tom Ewell ACTOR


Tom Ewell was born on April 29th, 1909 in Owensboro, Kentucky with the birth name Samuel Yewell Tompkins.  His family had goals of him pursuing a career as a lawyer, however when attending the University of Wisconsin he became involved in a number of school productions and began to develop an interest as an actor.  At the age of nineteen he found work in summer stock roles.  Soon he was making  his professional stage debut in, "The Spider" (1928).
In 1931 he decided to relocate to New York City and see if he could make a living as a stage actor there.  He was accepted into the Actors Studio and also supported himself by working at Macy's Department Store.  In 1934 he made his Broadway debut on "They Shall Not Die" followed by roles in such productions as, "The First Legion", "Geraniums in My Window", "Let Freedom Ring", "Ethan Frome", "Tobacco Road", "Stage Door", "Brother Rat", "Family Portrait" and "The Merchant of Yonkers" among many others.
After over a decade of experience working as a stage actor he decided to give a chance to the film industry.  Tom's film debut was in "The Knew What They Wanted" (1940) foll0wed by roles in, "Back in the Saddle" (1941), "Desert Bandit" (1941) and "The Kid from Kansas" (1941). 
He took a brief break from acting to serve in the military during World War II and as soon as he completed his service he went right back to working as an actor.  Some of his other stage work were roles on "Apple of His Eye" (1946), "John Loves Mary" and "Small Wonder' (1948) which he wrote as well as starred in.
Now that he was back into acting full swing and gaining a number of decent theatrical stage roles, Hollywood began to take more notice of Ewell and decided to cast him in some film roles such as "Adam's Rib" (1949), "A Life of Her Own" (1950), American Guerilla in the Philippines" (1950), "Mr. Music" (1950), "Up Front" (1951), "Finders Keepers" (1952) and "Back at the Front" (1952). 
After a number of successful film roles, he returned to stage acting with his most successful theatrical performance which ran for three years, "The Seven Year Itch" which later was made a film in 1955 starring Marilyn Monroe.  He then began to turn his sites on television such as becoming the star of his own sitcom, "The Tom Ewell Show" (1960), however the show only lasted one season.  Tom made a comeback with the series "Baretta" (1975), "Best of the West" (1981) and the film, "Easy Money" (1983).
Ewell then chose to retire from acting in the mid 80's.  He was married twice throughout his lifetime, but his first marriage to Judith Ann Abbott was just a short period of one year, however his second wife,  Marjorie Sanborn lasted from 1948 until he passed away at the age of eighty five, on September 12th, 1994 in Woodland Hills, California.  He had one son and was actually survived by his birth mother, who lived until the age of 105. 


1986 Murder, She Wrote
1983 Easy Money
1982 Trapper John, M.D.
1982 Terror at Alcatraz
1981-1982 Best of the West
1979 Taxi
1979 Eischied
1979 The Return of Mod Squad
1979 Flying High
1979 Butterflies in Heat
1975-1978 Baretta 
1978 Fantasy Island 
1975 Promise Him Anything  
1974 The Great Gatsby 
1974 Wide World Mystery
1973 The New Temperatures Rising Show
1972 Search for Tomorrow
1972 They Only Kill Their Masters
1972 To Find a Man 
1971 Alias Smith and Jones
1971 The Name of the Game 
1970 The Virginian
1970 Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came?
1970 The Governor & J.J. 
1966 Summer Fun 
1965 Burke's Law 
1964 Wagon Train
1963 The Dick Powell Theatre 
1962 State Fair
1962 Tender Is the Night
1960-1961 The Tom Ewell Show
1959 G.E. True Theater
1959 The United States Steel Hour
1958 A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed
1956 The Girl Can't Help It
1956 The Great American Pastime
1956 The Alcoa Hour
1956 The Lieutenant Wore Skirts
1955 Alfred Hitchcock
1955 Playwrights '56
1955 The Seven Year Itch 
1952 Back at the Front
1952 Lost in Alaska
1952 Robert Montgomery Presents
1952 Finders Keepers 
1951 Cosmopolitan Theatre
1951 Lights Out
1951 Studio One in Hollywood
1951 Danger
1951 Up Front
1951 The Billy Rose Show
1950 Mr. Music
1950 American Guerrilla in the Philippines
1950 A Life of Her Own 
1950 The Rhumba Seat
1950 How Green Is My Spinach
1949 Adam's Rib 
1949 Paramount Pacemaker No. K9-1: Caribbean Capers
1949 NBC Presents 
1949 The Football Fan
1949 Southward Ho Ho!
1948-1949 Actor's Studio
1948 Kraft Theatre
1941 Desert Bandit
1941 Back in the Saddle
1940 They Knew What They Wanted 

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