Sonny Tufts

Actor + Opera Singer
Born Jul 16, 1911

Sonny Tufts was a United States film actor. Tufts was born into a prominent banking family, whose patriarch had supposedly sailed to America from England in 1638. He broke with the family banking tradition by studying opera at Yale, where he was a member of Skull and Bones.… Read More

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  • Today In Theatre History: July 16 Playbill.Com
    Google News - Jul 16, 2011
  • The Making Of The Godfather The Week Magazine
    Google News - Jul 15, 2011
  • John Berry, 82, Stage And Film Director Who Exiled Himself During Blacklisting Of 1950's
    NYTimes - Dec 01, 1999
  • Books Of The Times; American Dreamers
    NYTimes - May 31, 1986


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Sonny Tufts.


1911 Birth Born on July 16, 1911.


1935 23 Years Old After graduating from college in 1935, he auditioned with the Metropolitan Opera in New York but eventually worked on the Broadway stage.
1938 26 Years Old He was married to Spanish dancer Barbara Dare from 1938 to 1953, and a relative of Charles Tufts, for whom Tufts University is named. … Read More


1942 30 Years Old In 1942, Tufts went to Hollywood. … Read More
1944 32 Years Old In 1944 he was voted the number one "Star of Tomorrow" by exhibitors.


1961 49 Years Old Also, Tufts is mentioned in the last sentence of the third sketch of the 48th show of the second season of the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (also featuring Wailing Whale episodes 5 & 6), which was first aired on May 13, 1961. … Read More


1970 59 Years Old Tufts died of pneumonia at age 58 in Santa Monica, California, on June 4, 1970. … Read More
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