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 Fred Graham

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Fred Graham

Original Name Charles Fred Graham
Birth
Springer, Colfax County, New Mexico, USA
Death 10 Oct 1979 (aged 70)
Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID 70182786 View Source

Actor. He is best remembered for his portrayal of the headstrong Tom Stanton in "The Cherokee Flash" (1945). Born Charles Graham, after beginning his career in stock companies, he was discovered by director Edward Sedgewick while attending a casting call for bit players. Impressed by his dark good looks, average size, and professionalism, he took notice of his potential and arranged for him to begin a career in the film industry beginning with him appearing in a supporting role per his supervision in "Death on the Diamond" (1934). From there, he would go on to flourish as a notable character actor appearing in over 200 features; often typecast as husbands, fathers, boyfriends, policemen, city slickers, guards, cowboys, sheriffs, clergymen, waiters, retail clerks, chauffeurs, henchmen, detectives, reporters, landlords, neighbors, curmudgeons, businessmen, politicians, lawyers, doctors, mailmen, public servants, bartenders, soldiers, bailiffs, ministers, and patriarchs. He appeared in such feature films as "Murder in the Fleet" (1935), "Libeled Lady" (1936), "Maytime" (1937), "The Shopworn Angel" (1938), "Dodge City" (1939), "New Moon" (1940), "Las Vegas Nights" (1941), "Wake Island" (1942), "The Lone Star Trail" (1943), "Buffalo Bill" (1944), "Within These Walls" (1945), "Red River Renegades" (1946), "They Won't Believe Me" (1947), "Fort Apache" (1948), "Tulsa" (1949), "The Asphalt Jungle" (1950), "Lorna Doone" (1951), "Colorado Sundown" (1952), "Kansas Pacific" (1953), "Rear Window" (1954), "The Vanishing America" (1955), "Thunder Over Arizona" (1956), "Jet Pilot" (1957), "Vertigo" (1958), "Woman Obsessed" (1959), "North to Alaska" (1960), "A Fever in the Blood" (1961), "Arizona Raiders" (1965), "Pocket Money" (1972), and "Guns of a Stanger" (1973). During the advent of television, he became an even more familiar face appearing in various guest spots on such syndicated sitcoms as "Climax!," "The Sherriff of Cochise," "Cheyenne," "Wagon Train," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "The Lineup," "Sergent Preston of the Yukon," "The Adventures of Jim Bowie," "26 Men," "Man Without a Gun," "Casey Jones," "Tales of Wells Fargo," "General Electric Theatre," "Wanted: Dead or Alive," "Yancy Derringer," "Maverick," "Frontier Doctor," "The Californians," "Schlitz Playhouse," "The Loretta Young Show," "The Rifleman," "M Squad," "Shotgun Slade," "The Magical World of Disney," "The Untouchables," "Perry Mason," "Bonanza," "Law of the Plainsman," "Laramie," "Rawhide," "Surfside 6," "Hazel," and "Death Valley Days". During his career, he was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, had been supportive of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, had been the official stuntman for actors Robert Young and Nat Pendleton, was a professional medal winning boxer, had been a regular parishioner of the Catholic church, was a member of the Hollywood Republican Committee, had been a male magazine model for the Forbes Agency, presided as a chairman for his local charters of the American Red Cross and the Boys & Girls Clubs, had been one of the founding members of the Canyon Theatre Guild, was on the board of directors for the Arizona Film Commission, and he was married to mild-mannered housewife Winifred Vitalich with whom he fathered two children. Upon his 1973 retirement, he spent the final years of his life being involved in charitable and religious causes, until his death from the compilations of an undisclosed illness.

Bio by: Lowell Thurgood

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  • Originally Created by: HJS
  • Added: 21 May 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 70182786
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/70182786/fred-graham : accessed ), memorial page for Fred Graham (26 Oct 1908–10 Oct 1979), Find a Grave Memorial ID 70182786, citing Green Acres Memorial Park, Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .