Sonny Tufts

Actor, opera singer Sonny Tufts

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.
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16 July 1911
04 June 1970
Death Place
Santa Monica

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Today in Theatre History: JULY 16 -
Google News - over 6 years
Lauren Kennedy, Sarah Stiles and Anneliese van der Pol star. Today's Birthdays: George F. Marion 1860. Barbara Stanwyck 1907. Ginger Rogers 1911. Sonny Tufts 1911. Barnard Hughes 1915. Barbara Matera 1929. Corin Redgrave 1939. Ruben Blades 1948
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The making of The Godfather - The Week Magazine
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Various agents proposed everyone from Sonny Tufts to Anthony Quinn to play Vito Corleone. As weeks of indecision rolled by, it became clear that the company had been immobilized by the dazzling worldwide success of the novel
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John Berry, 82, Stage and Film Director Who Exiled Himself During Blacklisting of 1950's
NYTimes - about 18 years
John Berry, a stage and movie director, writer and actor who made more than 50 films and, entangled in the blacklist, exiled himself from Hollywood during the anti-Communist inquests of the 1950's, died on Monday at his home in Paris. He was 82. Long drawn to the dramatic conflicts of South Africa, Mr. Berry had just finished editing his latest
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; American Dreamers
NYTimes - over 31 years
SUCCESS STORIES. By Russell Banks. 183 pages. Harper & Row. $15.95. In his last book, ''Continental Drift,'' Russell Banks created a visionary epic about innocence and guilt, and in doing so, he also set down a shattering portrait of contemporary American society. His story of one man's doomed attempts to reinvent his life became a dark mirror of
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Books Of The Times
NYTimes - about 36 years
By Anatole Broyard DOWN AND OUT IN CAMBRIDGE. By Douglas Fairbairn. 300 pages. Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. $14.95. AUTOBIOGRAPHIES used to be about successes, and now they're often about failures, which may be more interesting. Our fiction has so accustomed us to failure that we feel almost uneasy reading about success, as if it were the pursuit of
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Red Smith; Thespian Quarterback
NYTimes - almost 37 years
TERRY BRADSHAW, it says here, will be back in pads throwing passes for the Pittsburgh Steelers when the 1981 professional football season opens. This is the opinion of a self-appointed television critic. Bradshaw is the celebrated skinhead who, as the vicar of Chuck Noll on the field, was the catalyst on the team that dominated the National
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sonny Tufts
  • 1970
    Age 58
    Tufts died of pneumonia at age 58 in Santa Monica, California, on June 4, 1970.
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  • 1961
    Age 49
    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.
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  • 1944
    Age 32
    In 1944 he was voted the number one "Star of Tomorrow" by exhibitors.
  • 1942
    Age 30
    In 1942, Tufts went to Hollywood.
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  • 1938
    Age 26
    He was married to Spanish dancer Barbara Dare from 1938 to 1953, and a relative of Charles Tufts, for whom Tufts University is named.
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  • 1935
    Age 23
    After graduating from college in 1935, he auditioned with the Metropolitan Opera in New York but eventually worked on the Broadway stage.
  • 1911
    Born on July 16, 1911.
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