Edward Norris

Septimus Edward Norris (March 10, 1911 – December 18, 2002) was an American film actor.

Edward Norris
Edward Norris (1939).jpg
Norris in 1939
Septimus Edward Norris

(1911-03-10)March 10, 1911
DiedDecember 18, 2002(2002-12-18) (aged 91)
Years active1933–1963
Virginia Bell Hiller
(m. 1927; div. 1932)
(m. 1935; annul. 1935)
(m. 1936; div. 1938)
June Satterlee
(m. 1942; div. 1943)

Early yearsEdit

Norris was born in 1911, the son of a prominent Philadelphia gynecologist, who was described in a newspaper article as "a famous surgeon and chief of staff at the city's largest hospital."[1] He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At age 16, he dropped out of the Culver Military Academy to marry a socially prominent physician's daughter, Virginia Bell Hiller, and took a job as a reporter.


Norris made his television debut in 1951 with two appearances on Fireside Theater.

During the course of his 12-year span on television he made two guest appearances on Perry Mason: "The Case of the Fiery Fingers" (1958) and "The Case of the Tarnished Trademark" (1962). He ended his film and television career the following year when he appeared on an episode of The Third Man, titled "Ghost Town".

Military serviceEdit

Norris was a flying instructor in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

After Hiller, Norris was married to actresses Ann Sheridan and Lona Andre. On July 21, 1942, newspaper columnist Harrison Carroll reported that Norris "eloped to Arizona Saturday with a new Hollywood beauty who gave her name as Jane Doe."[3] Another newspaper report said, "An affidavit on file testified that the girl's correct name was Jane Doe."[4] The bride's real name was revealed by columnist Jimmie Fidler on July 30, 1942: "The girl Edward Norris married and introduced to reporters as 'Jane Doe' is June Satterlee, ex-night club hatcheck looker. She's to make a picture to be titled Meet Jane Doe."[5] In March 1943, Norris was granted a divorce from Satterlee "after testifying that she married him solely to further her career in pictures."[6]

Norris was an avid shooter and "won many ribbons and trophies in skeet matches throughout the country."[7] He was also a licensed pilot.[8]


Norris died on December 18, 2002, at Fort Bragg, California.


Edward Norris in trailer for "They Won't Forget" (1937)
Bela Lugosi (in back) Edward Norris, and Anita Louise in The Gorilla (1939)
Year Title Role Notes
1933 Queen Christina Count Jacob Uncredited
1934 This Side of Heaven Clarke - Upper Classman Uncredited
Coming Out Party Party Guest Uncredited
Paris Interlude Reporter Uncredited
1935 One New York Night Tom Uncredited
Naughty Marietta Suitor Uncredited
Wagon Trail Clay Hartley, Jr.
Teacher's Beau Ralph Wilson Short
Murder in the Fleet Sleepy Uncredited
Mad Love Man Outside Theater of Horrors Uncredited
Woman Wanted Man on Phone at Party Uncredited
Show Them No Mercy! Joe Martin
1936 Tough Guy Bud Uncredited
Small Town Girl Harvard Man in Car Uncredited
The Magnificent Brute Hal Howard
1937 Mama Steps Out Ferdie Fisher - the Bandleader
Song of the City Guido Romandi
Between Two Women Dr. Barili
They Won't Forget Robert Perry Hale
Bad Guy Steve Carrol
1938 Boys Town Joe Marsh
Newsboys' Home Frankie Barber
1939 Tail Spin Speed Allen
On Trial Arbuckle
The Gorilla Jack Marsden
Frontier Marshal Dan Blackmore
Here I Am a Stranger Lester Bennet
The Escape Louie Peronni
Scandal Sheet Petty Haynes
1940 Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Dr. Morgenroth
Ski Patrol Paavo Luuki
The Lady in Question Robert LaCoste
1941 Road Show Ed Newton
Back in the Saddle Tom Bennett
Here Comes Happiness Chet Madden
Angels with Broken Wings Steve Wilson
Doctors Don't Tell Dr. Frank Blake
1942 The Lady Has Plans Frank Richards
A Close Call for Ellery Queen Stewart Cole
The Man with Two Lives Philip Bennett
The Mystery of Marie Roget Marcel Vigneaux
I Live on Danger Eddie Nelson
Sabotage Squad Eddie Miller
The Great Impersonation Captain Francois Bardinet
Mug Town Clinker
1943 You Can't Beat the Law Johnny Gray
No Place for a Lady Mario
Wings Over the Pacific Lt. Allan Scott, USN
The Sultan's Daughter Jimmy
1944 Sing a Jingle Abbott
Career Girl Steve Dexter
Men on Her Mind Jeffrey Wingate
Shadows in the Night Jess Hilton
The Singing Sheriff Vance
End of the Road Robert Kirby
1945 Night Club Girl Clark Phillips
Jungle Queen Bob Elliot Serial
Penthouse Rhythm Charles Henry Holmes Jr.
1946 Murder in the Music Hall Carl Lang
The Truth About Murder William Ames Crane
Decoy Jim Vincent
1947 Heartaches Jimmy McDonald, Evening Telegram Reporter
1948 Trapped by Boston Blackie Igor Borio
1949 Forgotten Women Andy Emerson
The Mysterious Desperado Ramon Bustamante
The Wolf Hunters Paul Lautrec
1950 Killer Shark Ramon - crewman
Surrender Wilbur
Breakthrough Sgt. Roy Henderson
The Blazing Sun Doc Larry Taylor
Highway 301 Noyes Hinton
1951 I Was a Communist for the FBI Harmon
Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison Sgt. Cliff Hart
1953 Murder Without Tears Warren Richards
The Man from the Alamo Mapes
1956 The Kentuckian Roulette Dealer


  1. ^ "Majestic". Shamokin News-Dispatch. Pennsylvania, Shamokin. May 23, 1942. p. 10. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  2. ^ "Granted Divorce". The Post-Register. Idaho, Idaho Falls. Associated Press. March 30, 1943. p. 10. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  3. ^ Carroll, Harrison (July 21, 1942). "'Oomph' Girl's Ex-Mate Takes Second". The Salt Lake Tribune. Utah, Salt Lake City. International News Service. p. 16. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  4. ^ "Weds Jane Doe". Santa Cruz Sentinel. California, Santa Cruz. July 23, 1942. p. 14. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  5. ^ Fidler, Jimmie (July 30, 1942). "Jimmie Fidler". The Monroe News-Star. Louisiana, Monroe. p. 4. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  6. ^ "Actor Divorced". Kingsport Times. Tennessee, Kingsport. Associated Press. March 31, 1943. p. 1. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  7. ^ "Crack Shot". The Havre Daily News. Montana, Havre. August 25, 1944. p. 3. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  8. ^ Tildesley, Alice L. (January 1, 1939). "Actors Don't Make Good Racing Pilots". The Lincoln Star. Nebraska, Lincoln. Ledger Syndicate. p. 34. Retrieved June 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  

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