Richard Cromwell

Born Jan 8, 1910

Richard Cromwell, born LeRoy Melvin Radabaugh, was an American actor. His family and friends called him Roy, though he was also professionally known and signed autographs as Dick Cromwell. Cromwell's career was at its pinnacle with his work in Jezebel with Bette Davis and Henry Fonda and again with Fonda in John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Cromwell.


1910 Birth Born on January 8, 1910.
1918 8 Years Old Ralph died suddenly from influenza during the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918, when Cromwell was still in grade school. … Read More


1932 22 Years Old 1 More Event
As Cromwell developed his talents for lifelike mask-making and oil painting, he curried friendships in the late 1920s with various film starlets who posed for him and collected his works, including Tallulah Bankhead, Joan Crawford, Anna Q. Nilsson, Greta Garbo, Claire Dubrey, Ann Sothern, and Marie Dressler, with whom he would later share top-billing in 1932's Emma. … Read More
1935 25 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The Lives of a Bengal Lancer earned Paramount Studios a nomination for Best Picture in 1935, though Mutiny on the Bounty instead took the top award at the Oscars that year. … Read More
1936 26 Years Old In 1936, Cromwell took a detour in his career to Broadway for the chance to star as an evil cadet in an original play by Joseph Viertel, entitled, So Proudly We Hail. … Read More
1937 27 Years Old On July 15, 1937 Cromwell guest-starred on The Royal Gelatin Hour hosted by Rudy Vallee, in a dramatic skit opposite Fay Wray. … Read More
1938 28 Years Old As a regular on the Monday night program which ran from 1938 until 1942, Cromwell played opposite Nan Grey who played Kit's twin sister Kathy. … Read More
1939 29 Years Old In 1939, Cromwell again tried his luck on the stage in a regional production of Sutton Vane's play Outward Bound featuring Dorothy Jordan as his co-star. … Read More


1945 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Back in California for good, Cromwell was married once, briefly from 1945–1946, to the British-born actress Angela Lansbury, when she was 19 and Cromwell was 35.
1948 38 Years Old …  Cromwell finally retired from films after his comeback fizzled: his last role was in a noir flick of 1948, entitled Bungalow 13. … Read More


In July 1960, Cromwell signed with producer Maury Dexter for 20th Century Fox's planned production of The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come, co-starring Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Dix (son of Richard Dix), and Neil Hamilton who replaced Cromwell in the film.
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