Richard Cromwell
Richard Cromwell
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.
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106 and Park DJ Killed: Update on DJ Megatron - Zimbio
Google News - over 5 years
The two suspects, William Williams and Richard Cromwell, were indicted by a grand jury in late April. The DJ's real name was Corey McGriff and previously worked for radio stations in Philadelphia, Boston, and on NYC's Hot 97. On the BET show,
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Church soup kitchen denied state money - Times Herald-Record
Google News - over 5 years
From left, volunteers Alvin Hogencamp, Richard Cromwell and Arthur Ahr prepare lunch on Wednesday morning.DOMINICK FIORILLE/Times Herald-Record By Heather Yakin MIDDLETOWN — For the second time in a month, a local soup kitchen has learned that
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2 Arrests in D.J.'s Death
NYTimes - almost 6 years
Two New York City men were arrested Wednesday in the shooting death of the radio and TV personality DJ Megatron. The police said the men, William Williams, 21, and Richard Cromwell, 20, were arrested on charges of murder, robbery and criminal weapon possession. It was not clear if they had lawyers. DJ Megatron, 32, whose real name was Corey
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British Succession Offers a Ray of Hope
NYTimes - over 24 years
To the Editor: Re "Beds of Nails" (Op-Ed, June 13) by Anthony Burgess: Oliver Cromwell, lord protector of England, died, not in 1660, but on Sept. 3, 1658. Mr. Burgess writes of "the hereditary principle (borrowed from the monarchy), which would have placed the incompetent Richard Cromwell ('Tumbledown Dick') in the office of his father." Richard
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Brooklinew: Tough at the Turn
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: The par-71 course at The Country Club offers its strongest challenge after the turn, on the 10th through 13th holes. All are tough tough par 4's ranging from 433 to 453 yards. The Pairings and Starting Times The par-71 course at The Country Club offers its strongest challenge after the turn, on the 10th through 13th holes. All are tough tough
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NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: Cromwell Starring Richard Harris and Alec Guinness. Directed and written by Ken Hughes. 1970. RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video. 139 minutes. $69.95. This is a large-scale movie that a critic called ''shapeless'' in 1970 when it came to theater screens. It is a truncated biography of Oliver Cromwell, who is portrayed as a last, if not only,
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NYTimes - about 30 years
LEAD: THE DINNER PARTY. By Howard Fast. 250 pages. Houghton Mifflin. $17.95. THE DINNER PARTY. By Howard Fast. 250 pages. Houghton Mifflin. $17.95. AN old-fashioned Ibsenesque moral drama is what Howard Fast has undertaken in his latest novel, ''The Dinner Party,'' about a wealthy liberal United States Senator who is forced to confront his own
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NYTimes - almost 36 years
Time heals all wounds they say, but the healing process may take longer than usual in the case of the U.S. Government's now-concluded ''Great Silver Sale'' of 19th century Carson City dollars. That's particularly true following the issuance of a report by a House of Representatives subcommittee which sharply criticizes the manner in which the sale
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Cromwell
  • 1960
    Age 50
    Cromwell became ill and died on October 11, 1960 in Hollywood of liver cancer, at the age of 50.
    More Details Hide Details He is interred in Santa Ana, California. Cromwell was survived by his four siblings, including Opal Radabaugh Putnam. Cromwell's legacy is preserved today by his nephew Dan Putnam, and his cousin Bill Keane IV, both of the Conejo Valley in Southern California, as well as the family of his late niece, Joan Radabaugh, of the Central Coast. In 2005, Keane donated materials relating to Cromwell's radio performances to the Thousand Oaks Library's Special Collection, "The American Radio Archive". In 2007, Keane donated memorabilia relating to Cromwell's film career and ceramics work to the AMPAS Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills. Cromwell was mentioned in Gore Vidal's satirical novel Myra Breckinridge (1968) as "the late Richard Cromwell, so satisfyingly tortured in Lives of a Bengal Lancer".
    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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  • 1948
    Age 38
    Cromwell finally retired from films after his comeback fizzled: his last role was in a noir flick of 1948, entitled Bungalow 13.
    More Details Hide Details In fact, it was the second feature in which he starred with Margaret Hamilton, though the film did not help her star to re-shine brightly either. All told, Cromwell's film career spanned 39 films. In the 1950s, Richard Cromwell went back to artistic roots and studied ceramics. He built a pottery studio at his home. The home still stands today and is located in the hills above Sunset Boulevard on North Miller Drive. There, he successfully designed coveted decorative tiles for himself and for his industry friends, which, according to his niece, Joan Radabaugh, he marketed under his stage name. Around this time, Baby Peggy Montgomery, aka Diana Serra Cary, who had appeared in This Day and Age with Cromwell many years earlier, recalls visiting Cromwell at his home along with her late husband during this period to see his "beautiful ceramic screen which had won him a prize at the L.A. County Fair." Radabaugh's original tiles as well as his large decorative art deco-style wall paintings of Adam and Eve can still be seen today in the mezzanine off the balcony of the restored Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, which is today considered a noted architectural landmark.
  • 1945
    Age 35
    Cromwell and Lansbury eloped and were married in a small civil ceremony on September 27, 1945, in Independence, California.
    More Details Hide Details In her authorized biography, Balancing Act, Lansbury recounts her life with Cromwell, as well as the couple's close friendship with Zachary Scott and his first wife, Elaine. Lansbury and Cromwell have stars within walking distance of each other on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Cromwell made just one statement to the press regarding his wife of nine months and one of her habits: "All over the house, tea bags. In the middle of the night she'd get up and start drinking tea. It nearly drove me crazy." According to the biography: Angela Lansbury, A Life on Stage and Screen, Lansbury stated in a 1966 interview that her first marriage, "was a mistake" and that she learned from it. She stated, "I wouldn't have not done it", and, "I was too young at 19. marriage shouldn't have happened." Articles based on interviews with Lansbury have stated that Cromwell was gay.
    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.
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  • 1939
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The cast of the production at the Los Angeles Biltmore Theater also included Cora Witherspoon and Reginald Denny. Cromwell served during the last two years of World War II with the United States Coast Guard, along with fellow actor and enlistee Cesar Romero. Actor Gig Young was also a member of this branch of the service during the war. During this period, Cole Porter rented Cromwell's home in the Hollywood Hills, where Porter worked at length on Panama Hattie. Director James Whale was a personal friend, for whom Cromwell had starred in The Road Back (1937), the ill-fated sequel to All Quiet on the Western Front. With the war's end, and upon returning to California from the Pacific after nearly three years of service with the Coast Guard, Cromwell acted in local theater productions. He also signed on for live performances in summer stock in the East during this period.
  • 1938
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Cromwell as Kit was later replaced by Bill Henry. Other members of the drama series ensemble included Helen Wood in the role of Elaine, Kit's girlfriend, and Francis X. Bushman, as John Marshall the father of the twins. Rounding out the cast, long before their own respective film and television stardom, was Robert Cummings of Dial M for Murder; and even Gale Gordon, who later became a fixture on The Lucy Show. In the late 1930s, Cromwell appeared in Storm Over Bengal, for Republic Pictures, in order to capitalize on the success of The Lives of a Bengal Lancer. Aside from the aforementioned standout roles in Jezebel and The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, Cromwell did another notable turn as defendant Matt Clay to Henry Fonda's title-performance in Young Mr. Lincoln (1939). During this period, Cromwell was continuing to enjoy the various invitations coming his way as a member of the A-list Hollywood social circuit. According to Bob Thomas, in his biography of Joan Crawford, Cromwell was a regular at the Saturday Night dinner parties of his former co-star Franchot Tone and then-wife Crawford. Other guests whom Cromwell dined with there included Barbara Stanwyck and then-husband Frank Fay, and William Haines and Jimmy Rogers. During the freewheeling heyday of West L.A. nightlife in the late 30s, Cromwell is said by author Charles Higham to have carried on a sometime, though obviously very discreet, affair with aviator and businessman Howard Hughes.
  • 1937
    Age 27
    On July 15, 1937 Cromwell guest-starred on The Royal Gelatin Hour hosted by Rudy Vallee, in a dramatic skit opposite Fay Wray.
    More Details Hide Details Enjoying the experience, Cromwell had his agent secure for him an audition for the role of Kit Marshall, on the soap opera Those We Love, first on NBC Radio and then CBS Radio.
  • 1936
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The military drama was directed by future film director Charles Walters, co-starred Edward Andrews and Eddie Bracken, and opened to much fanfare. The reviews of the play at the time called Cromwell's acting "a striking portrayal" (New York Herald Tribune) and his performance an "astonishing characterization" (New York World Telegram). The New York Times said that in the play, Cromwell "ran the gamut of emotions". However, the play closed after only 14 performances at the 46th Street Theater. By now, Cromwell had shed his restrictive Columbia contract, with its handsome $500 per week salary, and pursued acting work as a freelancer in other media as well.
  • 1935
    Age 25
    After a promising start, Cromwell's many early pictures at Columbia Pictures and elsewhere were mostly inconsequential and are largely forgotten today. Cromwell starred with Will Rogers in Life Begins at 40 for Fox Film Corporation in 1935, it was one of Rogers' last roles and Poppy for Paramount in 1936 wherein Cromwell played the suitor of W.C. Fields' daughter, Rochelle Hudson.
    More Details Hide Details In 1937, he was the young bank-robber in love with Helen Mack and on the lam from Lionel Atwill in The Wrong Road for RKO.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Leslie Halliwell in The Filmgoer's Companion, summed up Cromwell's enduring appeal when he described him as "a leading man, the gentle hero of early sound films." Cromwell was born in Long Beach, California, on, the second-born in a family of five children. His father, Ralph R. Radabaugh, was an inventor, whose claim to fame was his patented invention of the "amusement park swing" ride, called the "Monoflyer", of which a variation can still be seen in use at most carnivals today.
  • 1932
    Age 22
    Cromwell's next role in 1932 was on loan to RKO and was as Mike in Gregory La Cava's, The Age of Consent, co-starring Eric Linden and Dorothy Wilson.
    More Details Hide Details Cromwell is also remembered during this period in Hoop-La (1933), where he is seduced by Clara Bow. This film is considered the swan song of Bow's career. Next, the much in demand Cromwell starred in Tom Brown of Culver that year, as well. Around this period in his career in the early to mid-30s, Cromwell also did some print ads and promotional work for Lucky Strike brand cigarettes. According to his niece, Joan Radabaugh, Cromwell was a very heavy smoker. Nevertheless, at his home he was always the gracious host, as his niece related, and as such he took great care to empty the ashtrays regularly, almost to the point of obsession. Next up, was an early standout performance by Cromwell in the role as the leader of the youth gang in Cecil B. DeMille's now cult-favorite, This Day and Age (1933). To ensure that Cromwell's character used current slang, DeMille asked high school student Horace Hahn to read the script and comment (at the time, Hahn was senior class president at Los Angeles High School). While again on loan from Columbia, Cromwell's by then salary of $200 per week was paid by Paramount Pictures, DeMille's studio. Diana Serra Cary, in her biography of Jackie Coogan, relates an episode on the set wherein Cromwell came to the aid of actress Judith Allen:
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Other patrons of Cromwell's life masks included Broadway actresses Lilyan Tashman, Katharine Cornell, and Beatrice Lillie. The young Roy Radabaugh, as he was then known, had just two days in film extra work on the side, and can be seen in King of Jazz (1930), along with the film's star, Paul Whiteman and his orchestra. On a whim, friends encouraged Roy to audition in 1930 for the remake of the Richard Barthelmess silent: Tol'able David (1930). Radabaugh won the role over thousands of hopefuls, and in storybook fashion, Harry Cohn gave him his screen name and launched his career. Cromwell earned $75 per week for his work on Tol'able David. Noah Beery, Sr. and John Carradine co-starred in the film. Later, Cohn signed Cromwell to a multi-year contract based on the strength of his performance and success in his first venture at the box-office. Amidst the flurry of publicity during this period, Cromwell toured the country, even meeting President Herbert Hoover in Washington, D.C.
  • 1918
    Age 8
    Ralph died suddenly from influenza during the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918, when Cromwell was still in grade school.
    More Details Hide Details While helping his young widowed mother, Fay B. Stocking Radabaugh, to support the family with odd jobs, Cromwell enrolled as a teenager in the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles on a scholarship. The Institute was the precursor of what later became California Institute of the Arts, and one of Cromwell's then-classmates would also eventually rise to fame as costume designer Edith Head. Cromwell ran a shop in Hollywood where he sold pictures, made lampshades, and designed colour schemes for houses.
  • 1910
    Age 0
    Born on January 8, 1910.
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