Dana Andrews

Born Jan 1, 1909

Dana Andrews was an American film actor. He was one of Hollywood's major stars of the 1940s, and continued acting, though generally in less prestigious roles, into the 1980s.

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1909 Birth Born on January 1, 1909.


1931 22 Years Old Dana Andrews attended college at Sam Houston State University and also studied business administration in Houston, Texas. In 1931, he traveled to Los Angeles, California, seeking opportunities as a singer. … Read More
1932 23 Years Old Andrews married Janet Murray on New Year's Eve, 1932. … Read More
1935 26 Years Old Janet Andrews died in 1935 of pneumonia.


1939 30 Years Old On November 17, 1939, he married actress Mary Todd, by whom he had three children, Katharine, Stephen and Susan. … Read More
1941 32 Years Old He was also memorable as the gangster in the 1941 comedy Ball of Fire, again teaming with Gary Cooper.
1943 34 Years Old In the 1943 movie adaptation of The Ox-Bow Incident with Henry Fonda, often cited as one of his best films, he played a lynching victim.
1945 36 Years Old …  In 1945, he co-starred with Jeanne Crain in the musical State Fair.
1946 37 Years Old His signature roles came as an obsessed detective in Laura (1944) opposite Gene Tierney, and as a U.S. Army Air Force officer returning home from the war in the Oscar-winning 1946 film The Best Years of Our Lives.
1947 38 Years Old In 1947, he was voted the 23rd most popular star in the U.S. … Read More


1952 43 Years Old From 1952 to 1954, Andrews starred in the radio series I Was a Communist for the FBI about the experiences of Matt Cvetic, an FBI informer who infiltrated the Communist Party.


1963 54 Years Old In 1963, he was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild.


1969 60 Years Old Andrews later appeared in a leading role as college president Tom Boswell on the NBC daytime soap opera Bright Promise from its premiere on September 29, 1969 until March 1971. … Read More
1972 63 Years Old Andrews eventually brought his alcoholism under control and worked actively with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. In 1972, he appeared in a television public service advertisement on the subject. … Read More
1975 66 Years Old Fifteen years later, Andrews and Zimbalist appeared in Airport 1975, Andrews playing a businessman pilot who has a heart attack and crashes his plane into a 747 that Zimbalist is flying. … Read More
1992 84 Years Old In the last years of his life, Andrews suffered from Alzheimer's disease. In 1992, two weeks before his 84th birthday, he died of congestive heart failure and pneumonia.
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