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Dana Andrews

Film Actor
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 Andrews attended college at Sam Houston State University and also studied business administration in Houston, Texas, working briefly as an accountant for Gulf+Western. In 1931, he travelled 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


1939 30 Years Old On November 17, 1939, he married actress Mary Todd. … Read More
1941 32 Years Old He was also memorable as the gangster in the 1941 comedy Ball of Fire.
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.
1946 37 Years Old Andrews' two 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. … 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 Between 1969 and 1970, he appeared in a leading role as college president Tom Boswell on the NBC daytime soap opera Bright Promise. … Read More
1972 63 Years Old Andrews eventually brought his alcoholism under control. In 1972, he appeared in a television public service advertisement on the subject. … Read More
1975 66 Years Old Coincidentally, fifteen years later, Andrews and Zimbalist appeared in Airport 1975 in which Andrews plays a businessman pilot who has a heart attack and crashes his plane into a 747 that Zimbalist is flying.
1992 84 Years Old In the last years of his life, Andrews suffered from Alzheimer's disease. In 1992, at the age of 83, he died of congestive heart failure and pneumonia.
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