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Regis Toomey

John Regis Toomey (August 13, 1898 – October 12, 1991) was an American film and television actor. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, he was one of four children of Francis X. and Mary Ellen Toomey and attended Peabody High School. He initially pondered a law career, but acting won out and he established himself as a musical stage performer. Educated in dramatics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he became a brother of Sigma Chi, Toomey began as a stock actor and eventually made it to Broadway. Toomey was a singer on stage until throat problems (acute laryngitis) while touring in Europe stopped that aspect of his career. In 1929, Toomey first began appearing in films. He initially started out as a leading man, but found more success as a character actor (sans his toupee). Toomey appeared in over 180 films, including classics such as The Big Sleep with Humphrey Bogart. In 1956, he appeared as a judge, with Chuck Connors as "Andy", in the third episode, "The Nevada Nightingale", of the NBC anthology series The Joseph Cotten Show. Toomey thereafter appeared in another anthology series too as the character "Harry" in the 1960 episode "The Doctor and the Redhead", with Dick Powell and Felicia Farr, of CBS's The DuPont Show with June Allyson. In the 1961–1962 television season, he appeared in a supporting role with George Nader in the syndicated crime drama Shannon about insurance investigators. From 1963–1966, Toomey was one of the stars of the ABC crime drama, Burke's Law, starring Gene Barry. He played Sergeant Les Hart, one of the detectives assisting the murder investigations of the millionaire police captain Amos Burke. He also guest-starred on dozens of television programs, including the "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres" episode of Maverick. In 1941, Toomey appeared in You're in the Army Now, in which he and Jane Wyman had the longest screen kiss in cinema history: 3 minutes and 5 seconds.

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Aug 13, 1898 In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Illusion 1929-09-21
Latest Project:
Movie Evil Town 1987-11-16
Known For
Poster of High Tide
Poster of Spellbound
Poster of Confessions of a Nazi Spy
Poster of The Crowd Roars
Movie Evil Town Doc Hooper 1987-11-16
Movie The Phantom of Hollywood Joe 1974-02-12
Series Ghost Story Unknown 1972-09-15
Movie Gunn The Bishop 1967-06-28
Series The Legend of Jesse James Unknown 1965-09-13
Movie Man's Favorite Sport? Bagley 1964-01-31
Movie Johnny Shiloh Mr. Clem 1963-01-20
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Series Burke's Law Detective Lester Hart 1963-09-20
Series Going My Way Unknown 1962-10-03
Movie King of the Roaring 20's – The Story of Arnold Rothstein Bill Baird 1961-06-11
Movie The Last Sunset Milton Wing 1961-06-06
Movie The Errand Boy Studio Exec with the Baron 1961-11-28
Movie Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Dr. Jamieson 1961-07-12
Series Cain's Hundred Unknown 1961-09-19
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Series Shannon 1961-09-26
Movie Guns of the Timberland Sheriff Taylor 1960-02-01
Series The Tall Man Unknown 1960-09-10
Movie Warlock Skinner 1959-06-10
Movie The Hangman Soldier at Fort 1959-06-17
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Series Tightrope Unknown 1959-09-08
Movie Sing Boy Sing Rev. Easton 1958-02-21
Series Wanted: Dead or Alive Unknown 1958-09-06
Movie Joy Ride Miles 1958-11-23
Series Bronco Unknown 1958-09-23
Movie Curfew Breakers Coach Bettger 1957-03-22
Series Trackdown Unknown 1957-10-04
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Movie Great Day in the Morning Father Murphy 1956-05-16
Movie Three for Jamie Dawn Murph 1956-07-08
Series The Adventures of Jim Bowie Unknown 1956-09-07
Movie Dakota Incident Minstrel 1956-07-23
Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
Movie Top Gun Jim O'Hara 1955-12-01
Movie Guys and Dolls Arvide Abernathy 1955-12-23
Movie Drums Across the River Sheriff Jim Beal 1954-06-01
Movie The High and the Mighty Tim Garfield 1954-07-03
Series December Bride Unknown 1954-10-04
Movie The Human Jungle Bob Geddes 1954-10-03
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie It Happens Every Thursday Mayor Hull 1953-04-22
Movie Never Wave at a WAC General Ned Prager 1953-01-28
Movie Island in the Sky Sergeant Harper 1953-09-05
Movie Son of Belle Starr Tom Wren 1953-06-26
Movie The Nebraskan Col. Markham 1953-12-02
Movie My Six Convicts Dr. Gordon 1952-03-20
Movie The Battle at Apache Pass Dr. Carter 1952-04-01
Movie Just for You Mr. Hodges 1952-09-27
Movie My Pal Gus Farley Norris 1952-12-01
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie Cry Danger Gus Cobb 1951-02-23
Movie Show Boat Sheriff Ike Vallon (uncredited) 1951-07-19
Movie The Tall Target Insp. Tim Reilly (uncredited) 1951-08-17
Movie The People Against O'Hara Fred Colton, Police Sound Man 1951-09-01
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie Dynamite Pass Dan Madden 1950-03-23
Movie Again Pioneers Dave Harley 1950-11-01
Movie Undercover Girl Hank Miller 1950-11-02
Movie Frenchie Carter 1950-12-25
Movie Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone Reporter (uncredited) 1950-12-08
Movie Mighty Joe Young John Young 1949-07-27
Movie Come to the Stable Monsignor Talbot 1949-01-01
Movie Beyond the Forest Sorren 1949-10-21
Movie Reaching from Heaven Pastor 1948-02-01
Movie I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes Police Inspector Clint Judd 1948-05-23
Movie The Boy with Green Hair Mr. Davis 1948-11-26
Movie Station West Jim Goddard 1948-09-01
Movie The Thirteenth Hour Don Parker 1947-02-06
Movie The Guilty Detective Heller 1947-03-22
Movie The Bishop's Wife Mr. Miller 1947-12-25
Movie High Tide Inspector O'Haffey 1947-09-13
Movie Magic Town Ed Weaver 1947-10-07
Movie Mysterious Intruder James Summers 1946-04-11
Movie The Big Sleep Chief Inspector Bernie Ohls 1946-08-23
Movie Child of Divorce Ray Carter 1946-10-14
Movie Her Sister's Secret Bill Gordon 1946-09-23
Movie Sister Kenny New York Reporter 1946-10-10
Movie Strange Illusion Dr. Vincent 1945-03-31
Movie Betrayal from the East Agent Posing as 'Sgt. Jimmy Scott' 1945-04-24
Movie Spellbound Det. Sgt. Gillespie 1945-11-08
Movie Follow the Boys Dr. Henderson 1944-05-05
Movie Phantom Lady Detective Chewing Gum 1944-01-28
Movie Raiders of Ghost City Capt. Clay Randolph [Chs. 1-6] 1944-07-25
Movie Murder in the Blue Room Inspector McDonald 1944-10-27
Movie Dark Mountain Steve Downey 1944-09-01
Movie The Doughgirls Timothy Walsh 1944-11-25
Movie When the Lights Go On Again Bill Regan 1944-10-22
Movie Destroyer Lt. Cmdr. Clark 1943-08-19
Movie Adventures of the Flying Cadets Capt. Ralph Carson 1943-09-07
Movie Bullet Scars Dr. Steven Bishop 1942-03-07
Movie I Was Framed Bob Leeds 1942-04-04
Movie The Forest Rangers Frank Hatfield 1942-10-21
Movie Tennessee Johnson Blackstone McDaniel 1942-12-01
Movie The Devil and Miss Jones 1st Policeman 1941-04-11
Movie A Shot in the Dark William Ryder 1941-04-05
Movie The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance Wallace 1941-03-06
Movie Reaching for the Sun Intern 1941-05-01
Movie Meet John Doe Bert Hansen 1941-03-14
Movie New York Town Jim Martin (uncredited) 1941-10-31
Movie They Died with Their Boots On Fitzhugh Lee 1941-11-20
Movie You're in the Army Now Captain Radcliffe 1941-12-25
Movie The Nurse's Secret Inspector Tom Patten 1941-05-24
Movie Law of the Tropics Tom Marshall 1941-10-04
Movie Dive Bomber Tom Griffin 1941-08-31
Movie Northwest Passage Webster 1940-02-23
Movie 'Til We Meet Again Freddy 1940-04-20
Movie His Girl Friday Sanders 1940-01-18
Movie Arizona Grant Oury 1940-12-25
Movie North West Mounted Police Constable Jerry Moore 1940-10-22
Movie March On, Marines Drill Sergeant 1940-12-14
Movie Society Smugglers Johnny Beebe 1939-03-01
Movie The Phantom Creeps Lt. Jim Daly 1939-01-07
Movie Street of Missing Men Jim Parker 1939-04-24
Movie The Mysterious Miss X Jack Webster 1939-01-10
Movie Wings of the Navy First Flight Instructor 1939-02-11
Movie Union Pacific Paddy O'Rourke 1939-05-05
Movie Thunder Afloat Ives 1939-09-15
Movie Indianapolis Speedway Dick Wilbur 1939-08-05
Movie Confessions of a Nazi Spy Tom - in Coffee Shop (uncredited) 1939-05-06
Movie The Invisible Menace Lt. Matthews 1938-01-22
Movie Blind Alibi Doctor Wilson - Veterinarian 1938-05-20
Movie Smashing the Spy Ring Ted Hall 1938-12-29
Movie Illegal Traffic Dalton 1938-11-02
Movie Big City Fred Hawkins 1937-09-03
Movie Midnight Taxi Hilton 1937-04-04
Movie Back in Circulation Buck 1937-09-25
Movie Submarine D-1 Tom Callan 1937-11-27
Movie Bulldog Edition Jim Hardy 1936-09-13
Movie Great God Gold Phil Stuart 1935-04-14
Movie One Frightened Night Tom Dean 1935-05-01
Movie Shadow of Doubt Reed Ryan 1935-02-15
Movie 'G' Men Eddie Buchanan 1935-05-04
Movie Skull and Crown Bob Franklin, alias Rocky Morgan 1935-12-16
Movie Shadows of the Orient Inspector Bob Baxter 1935-07-05
Movie Bars of Hate Ted Clark 1935-11-01
Movie Manhattan Moon Eddie 1935-07-01
Movie Picture Brides Dave Hart 1934-04-23
Movie Hollywood on Parade No. B-1 1934-03-02
Movie Murder on the Blackboard Detective Smiley North 1934-06-14
Movie Red Morning John Hastings 1934-12-14
Movie She Had to Choose Jack Berry 1934-10-01
Movie Redhead Scoop 1934-10-31
Movie Laughing at Life Pat Collins / Mc Hale 1933-07-12
Movie She Had to Say Yes Tommy Nelson 1933-07-15
Movie Big Time Or Bust Jimmie Kane 1933-11-10
Movie Shopworn David Livingston 1932-03-25
Movie The Crowd Roars Dick Wilbur 1932-04-13
Movie The Penal Code Robert Palmer 1932-12-23
Movie They Never Come Back Jimmy Nolan 1932-05-10
Movie The Wayne Murder Case Detective-Sergeant Mitchell 1932-11-20
Movie Finn and Hattie Henry Collins 1931-02-28
Movie Under Eighteen Jimmie Slocum 1931-01-02
Movie The Finger Points Charlie 'Breezy' Russell 1931-04-11
Movie Scandal Sheet Regan 1931-01-31
Movie Kick In Chick Hewes 1931-05-22
Movie Graft Dustin Hotchkiss 1931-09-21
Movie 24 Hours Tony Bruzzi 1931-10-03
Movie Murder by the Clock Office Cassidy 1931-07-21
Movie Framed Jimmy McArthur 1930-03-16
Movie Street of Chance 'Babe' Marsden 1930-02-08
Movie The Light of Western Stars Bob Drexell 1930-04-19
Movie Good Intentions 1930-06-29
Movie Shadow of the Law Tom Owens 1930-06-06
Movie A Man From Wyoming Jersey 1930-07-12
Movie Illusion Eric 1929-09-21
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