Tom Neal

Born Jan 28, 1914

Thomas Neal was an American actor best known for appearing in the critically lauded film Detour, a tryst with Barbara Payton and later committing manslaughter.

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1914 Birth Born on January 28, 1914.


1933 19 Years Old Neal dropped out of Northwestern after a year, and moved back to Chicago. He appeared in various stage productions in summer stock before making his way to New York City in 1933.


1935 21 Years Old Neal made his Broadway debut in 1935.
1938 24 Years Old In 1938, he first appeared in film in Out West with the Hardys, part of the Mickey Rooney "Hardy family" movie series. … Read More
1941 27 Years Old In 1941 he starred with Frances Gifford in the Republic Pictures 15 episode serial, Jungle Girl. … Read More


1944 30 Years Old Neal was married three times and had one child. His first marriage was to actress and singer Vicky Lane whom he married in 1944.
1949 35 Years Old Lane divorced Neal in 1949 citing "mental and physical cruelty". … Read More
1951 37 Years Old 1 More Event
On September 14, 1951, Neal, Payton and Tone made headlines after Neal got into a physical altercation with Tone over Payton in her front yard. … Read More
Neal and Payton announced their engagement in May 1953 but eventually ended their relationship later that year. … Read More


1961 47 Years Old With his acting career over, Neal moved to Palm Springs, California and became a gardener. He later started his own landscaping business. In 1961, Neal married receptionist Gale Bennett in Las Vegas.


1965 51 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 2, 1965, police were summoned to the couple's Palm Springs home by Neal's attorney. … Read More
1971 57 Years Old On December 6, 1971, he was released on parole. … Read More
1972 58 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 7, 1972, Neal was found dead in his bed by his son at his home in North Hollywood, California. … Read More
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